What is Low-Code and No-Code?
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What is Low-Code and No-Code?

Why should businesses use low code or no code development?
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Low-code and no-code development is a method to build applications faster without needing in-depth knowledge of how to code. This is particularly important in organizations where change happens quickly and where business users need to be able to make system edits independently.

All users can leverage visual development tools, such as drag-and-drop, to rapidly create and deploy the solutions they need, at a fraction of the time, working with minimal to no lines of code 

Why Low-Code/No-Code?

Ever needed an application or form created but the request was delayed because the IT team was too swamped? 

As the demand for digital solutions increases, especially in the past two years, businesses need to increase their time-to-market. But IT can only handle so much, which has led to the need for low-code to empower citizen developers outside of these teams. 

Gartner research says, on average, 41% of employees outside of IT – or business technologists – customize or build data or technology solutions. Gartner also predicts that by 2024, more than 65% of all business apps will be built using low-code. 

Benefits of Low-Code/No-Code 

What are the benefits of low-code and no-code development platforms?

  • Low-code/no-code solutions can reduce development time by up to 90% 
  • 80% of organizations state that empowering other users to develop has given IT departments more time and resources to focus on other initiatives  
  • Among IT teams that used low-code solutions, business units were 21% happier with lead times than among those without low-code. 
  • 69% of professional IT developers are preferring a low-code development platform to work with.

When Do Businesses Use Low-Code/No-Code? 

While low-code/no-code capabilities vary across vendors, commonly businesses can use them to build end-to-end solutions such as:

  • Simple business applications, such as HR employee reviews
  • Landing pages to attract and retain new customers 
  • Approval workflows, needed in order to approve a purchase order 
  • Forms to collect data like new hire information 

Low-code can also be used to assist and accelerate the development of more custom solutions. For example, it might not be feasible to develop a customer portal entirely using low-code or no-code capabilities, but they can be leveraged to build specific elements such as inquiry forms and contact workflows. 

Challenges of Low-Code 

However, the ease that comes with low-code and no-code development platforms also brings certain challenges. 

Opening the floodgates and allowing any user to develop can cause: 

  1. An influx of applications and solutions that can overlap with each other and might not work well with each other or the existing tech stack 
  2. Lack of unifying experience across different solutions as a result of being built by various users 
  3. Additional complications when custom code is required

These challenges can be avoided by working with a low-code/no-code vendor that leverages open source technologies and robust integration tools, like Liferay.   

See If Low-Code/No-Code Is Right For Your Business

Traditional development and engineering teams will still be critical and central to any business, but these user-friendly solutions will help reduce the backlog that many of these teams experience. businesses should start evaluating to see if low-code and no-code can empower their teams to work faster and more efficiently. 

Low-Code in Liferay DXP 7.4 

To help business users create engaging digital experiences without relying on their IT teams, we’ve added many new low-code capabilities in Liferay DXP 7.4. See everything that’s new here or Request a Demo to see it live! > 

Originally published
January 25, 2022
 last updated
January 20, 2023
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