A so-called low-code platform is a development platform for rapidly realizing and deploying complex business applications while minimizing development effort. We see a sharp increase in requests for custom business applications.
The number of on-line services offered to businesses or individuals has exploded in recent years. Each business now has the possibility to integrate its specificity into its software offering, so it is clear that the so-called classical approach in the sense of management software is no longer adapted to the evolutions of its needs …
With the many acronyms that may exist on the subject, it may be easy to confuse certain notions. The purpose of this post is to clarify and understand what a Low-Code Platform is.
What is a low-code development platform? ?
Forrester defines Low-code as:
« platforms that enable rapid application delivery with a minimum of hand-coding, and quick setup and deployment, for systems of engagement. ».
It is therefore a question here of being able to implement applications more quickly without having to “reinvent” the wheel at the price of time-consuming developments.
1.Using a graphical modeler for the realization of business applications
For a quick launch of the development process and to minimize the “hard” development Low-code platforms offer advanced graphic creation tools allowing a fast and intuitive implementation of the application. This is the Simplicité platform’s approach. Applications are created by the implementation of business models.
2. Complete management of ALM
Low-code platforms focus not only on the development part of the application, but also on all the stages of its life. This process, called the Lyfecycle Managment Application, manages the entire lifecycle of a business application: design (design), planning (planning), realization (build), qualification, successive iterations And by bringing together the various IT and project stakeholders.
As such, the social module makes it possible, for example, to manage comments and opinions throughout the development of the application and the ALM module allows to put into perspective the business need, the resulting application design and to pilot The implementation tasks and associated tests
3. Code in the Low-code
The Low-code platform is a meeting between two worlds. It combines the flexibility of the specific development with the robustness of the software packages.
In this sense it provides all the tools needed to add the right line of code to the right place that will override the default behavior. Moreover, it is often open to the world and can be integrated either with external libraries or with existing web services.
What is the difference with the “high-producticity aPaaS”?
APaaS or Application Platorm as a Service, is a term put forward by Gartner. The company defines aPaaS as a “graphical development model, which produces metadata that is interpreted in the runtime of the browser”. APaaS and low-code platform correspond to the same platform type.
What are the benefits of a Low-code platform?
More and more companies are acquiring this kind of tools … Niche markets are becoming increasingly rare, barriers to entry have become very low. Uber succeeded in uprooting in a few years a whole of an industry then well anchored. There is not a day without new competitors slipping into the spectrum of the market.
What is not a Low-Code Platform?
The Low-code platform does not pretend to be able to develop complex business applications without a line of code. It is thus to be differentiated from the No-code platforms which accentuate as much as possible the simplification of creation of applications, but which in return respond only to simple needs.
To keep your head above the scrum, it is crucial for companies to stay ahead. This advance involves continuous innovation, improving business processes and engaging consumers on new uses.
It is therefore essential for companies to take the lead in the transformations of the market in which they operate. A low-code platform brings together developers and business users together, on a co-construction, fast, iterative and collaborative application.
In fact, the application can be quickly implemented, deployed, modified according to the needs of the business, and all this without requiring specific knowledge of low level.