The Impact of Low Code and No Code in the Creation of New Companies
18 de October de 2022
18 de October de 2022
When we talk about “code”, we could say that we’re referencing technology, almost directly. A concept that permeates our lives nowadays: the way we relate to each other, the way we educate ourselves and the way we develop new businesses and markets.
The digital transformation we’re witnessing is increasingly in need of more capital (human and technical, most of all; more than economic investments) in less time in order to come up with products and services of a high added value that are capable of quickly adapting to change.
Low Code and No Code
Low code is a software development modality that lets you develop apps more quickly and with very little coding, and that uses a simple, ready-to-use interface. On the other hand, no code (that is usually mistaken for and compared with low code) is another software development modality that is even simpler, since it doesn’t require any technical knowledge in order to use it.
These platforms (with little or no need for code writing) are here to make the change and growth process much easier.
This approach seeks to prioritise the quick and constant delivery of technological products that can adapt to the needs of the business without the need of development areas that require higher investments.
The code itself has been simplified in a series of graphic panels, configurations and enquiry definitions in data bases in order to create applications and solutions more quickly and adaptably, and that provide solutions to a specific part of the whole business process.
With this, we can start thinking and modelling companies, from the start, taking into account how solid, automated and controlled the value-generation processes are.
Being cloud-based, the cost of the technological aspect of the business is no longer a hindrance when it comes to projects and investments.
Also, since there are less obstacles in the development of technology, it allows people with experience in business but little or no knowledge in computing to develop apps and products of their own using Excel and data.
Platform for New Companies
While this trend is most visible in tech companies, Low/No Code can be a great alternative for big companies or companies with many years of history to take an important leap forward in the digital transformation of their activities.
Currently, companies must adapt to new ways of working (whether in the office or remotely), to teams and to new project and operations management methodologies. These solutions let us measure, control, manage and modify a company’s operations.
Changes are positive. The possibility to iterate constantly, without depending on the IT or development departments lets us present products and services in increasingly changing and complex markets. This situation invites companies to find new market niches.
It’s not impossible to develop an app, a marketplace or a business model that satisfies a reduced but potent core of clients. The current situation lets us lower initial economic investment and technological development. The structure and costs are reduced thanks to automation.
When businesses start thriving, operations take on a higher transaction volume and the need for data control and security become higher. It’s always better to have robust technological development processes.
Developing applications and quick or small projects using low code platforms can be helpful, but the base structures, if you experience growth or expansion, must be more powerful.
Although we start with a small layer of code that can be expanded or complemented, it’s better not to develop dependence on suppliers or lose control over our system’s security or have chaos in our data storage bases.
The Most Useful Tools for Low/No Code
In order to programme these platforms, there are tools that make our job much easier:
Visual Lansa: It’s an integrated development environment, or IDE, that has a high level programming language that’s oriented to the creation of mobile, desktop and web applications. It’s very easy to use and it eliminates the complexity of the modern programming languages.
GeneXus: It’s used for the creation of apps in different formats. It’s easy to use and it has very good customer service. It also has step-by-step automation to create apps.
Comidor: It’s a process automation platform whose functionality allows users to design apps without the need to write any code at all.
OutSystems: It’s used for the creation of basic apps. One of its strong features is the free plan for companies with less than 100 users; ideal for small companies.
It’s clear that, in the coming years, a great part of the companies that are currently experiencing digital evolution processes will massively rely on these types of platforms. The speed at which they can implement new solutions, scorecards and automation of operations will be the key to transform ideas into new models or lines of business.