How low-code platforms are transforming software development

Drag-and-drop platforms enable developers to assemble applications without manual programming. Toyota, ConocoPhillips, and GlobalTranz are among those enterprises leveraging low-code to create business value.

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Coding sprints conducted via agile aren’t the only options CIOs have to fuel faster application development.

Enterprises are increasingly using low-code development platforms to arrange application components, including data and logic, via a drag-and-drop interface — think virtual Lego blocks that developers can move with a mouse and snap into their creations.

Low-code differs from no-code development, in which so-called citizen developers, often business analysts with little to no programming experience, use similar drag-and-drop tools to arrange applications. With low code, developers may still need to do some coding to integrate access to older applications, for reporting, and for special user interface requirements, according to Forrester Research.

The time savings associated with low-code development can be significant for companies trying to release software before their competitors or those looking to modernize legacy apps. For example, 31 percent of application developers surveyed by Forrester cited challenges in meeting business requirements in time as a result of using traditional coding with programming languages, frameworks and middleware to build applications. Thirty-six percent of developers cited using low-code to build custom-facing mobile or Web applications.

Low-code market estimates and platforms

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