Low code/no-code development is becoming an increasingly popular technology trend, thanks to the introduction of software like Microsoft’s Power Platform.
Since COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting lockdowns, we’ve seen businesses and organisations of all sizes adapt rapidly to new ICT systems.
As the demand for these new systems outstripped the existing coder workforce, many businesses sensibly turned to no code/low code development techniques which enable businesses to create their own apps, automated workflows and digital processes to address their specific challenges.
These are based on templates, graphics and ‘drag and drop’-style creative approaches.
In fact, Gartner estimates that over 65% of new software will be created using at the very least low code by 2024.
While the business benefits of low code/no-code development far outweigh the drawbacks, using a qualified ICT consultancy, department, or employee is still a must to create efficient, bug-free applications.
Here, we take a closer look at what low code/no code development is and the benefits it can bring.
Highly skilled/specialised developers aren’t needed
Low code and no-code development don’t require deep technical knowledge or months of code writing or bespoke software building. By their very natures, they’re comparatively straightforward to use. This means you won’t need to employ or instruct expensive developers to create your applications or automate workflows for you.
Low code development, though, still calls for a basic understanding of the code’s syntax, although it’s possible to familiarise yourself with this using free online resources or classes. However, you might find hiring a specialist for this relatively small task a more efficient use of your time.
There’s currently a shortage of skilled developers
At this point in time, the demand for developers far outweighs the supply. We simply don’t have enough highly-trained professionals with the skills needed to build and maintain new applications from scratch using code.
Demand outstripping supply also drives the cost to businesses up.
By turning to low code/no-code software development, businesses and other organisations (like churches and charities) can begin work on their new systems whenever they choose. That’s a much more efficient use of their time and resources.
Gain a more in-depth understanding of how your business software works
Low code and no-code techniques require very little technical knowledge, making them ideal for the average owner, manager or employee. However, you’ll find the creative journey gives you a unique insight into how your programs, applications and automated processes actually work.
For example, you’ll see how automated processes, such as those created using Microsoft Power Platform and its code, Power FX, are ‘triggered’, causing the resultant action. You’ll see how different pages and parts of your software are interlinked and co-dependent.
Why is all this important? Well, if and when something goes wrong, you might have a good idea of the potential causes and possible fixes. That’s in stark contrast to programs created by knowledgeable developers. When these develop bugs and faults, you’ll need specialist assistance to rectify them.
Create programs and automations faster
Utilising low code/no-code development techniques means a quicker average production time. Your software will most likely be up and running sooner than when building a new one from scratch using software developers and tens of thousands of lines of code.
ICT professionals often use low code alternatives for this reason. It’s a much quicker way to produce applications and automate workflows, whether you’ve trained to use computers or not. As you know, time is money in business, so the sooner you can produce your new efficiency-increasing program, the more cost-effective it’ll be.
At the same time, expect low code and no code techniques to reduce human error. With far less human input, and guardrails in place to guide their development, you’ll get your applications in less time with fewer errors.
Be more flexible
Creating complex software using code leaves very little room for flexibility. If you want to add any extra features or implement any new ways of doing things to a bespoke app or software program, it’s a reasonably tricky process and most likely requires significant amounts of professional assistance.
However, when using low code/no-code development programs, it’s much easier to change things around quickly. Adaptability and flexibility are crucial in the modern economy, allowing you to keep up with (or ahead of) competitors, improve interface, ease-of-use and much more.
Where does Vantage 365 fit in?
Vantage 365 is a specialist Microsoft 365 provider. We help SMEs and organisations produce new business applications and automate their workflows, improving how efficiently they work and thus driving up profits.
We often produce and maintain bespoke systems specifically designed for our clients using the low code methods found within Microsoft 365. Following this, we can provide training and adoption services to help you familiarise yourself with your new software.
We have years of experience working with the Power Platform in Microsoft 365. With hundreds of connectors to automate your processes, we can help reduce the manual workload on you and your staff.
If your business could benefit from new or updated applications or automated processes, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re always happy to have an utterly obligation-free chat and walk you through your options. Our friendly, experienced team will only recommend pathways and solutions they feel will bring tangible benefits to your business.
We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01384 593720. We look forward to hearing from you.