Low-code development is a development method to create applications reducing the usage of traditional coding. This method uses visual representations systems or configurators, to define the needed application's behavior, leaving the implementation to the Low-Code platform.
Low-code development is possible thanks to dedicated development environments, known as low-code development platforms (LCDPs), which drastically reduce the required amount of manual programming. These kind of platforms increase development speed while ensuring the produced software’s quality and safety through vendors’ continuous updating of platforms’ technology. Features like these allow you to significantly shorten business software development and validation cycles.
Low-code development allows you to visually design and define data management, logic, workflows, forms, and all the elements that make up business applications. The use of modeling languages and visual tools allow you to abstract and understand applications’ structures, operations, and interfaces at a glance.
Visual design, reusable components, configurators, and automatic code generation
In WebRatio Platform there is the abstraction of visual modeling, which accelerates development by simplifying the design of the application’s data structure, architecture, and interaction. The reusable components eliminate already-realized functionalities’ integration times. The configurators allow you to enter only the necessary values, reducing the need to write code. Much of the code is instead automatically generated by the low-code platform, standardized and error-free.
WebRatio Platform's Low-Code includes a modeling languages, the Business Process Modeling and Notation (BPMN), that is dedicated to designing business processes, define the actors involved and tasks performed in the business process. This visual language integrates with the Interaction Flow Modeling Language (IFML), useful for defining the flow of web and mobile applications’ actors, data, and actions.
WebRatio's Low-Code development environment for enterprise software also involves the use of visual tools. Tools such as the WebRatio’s UI Designer, are useful to define application interfaces. These tools use drag-and-drop and WYSIWYG ways for visual definition and allow users to see applications’ final results in real time during the design process.
Improved development quality and speed
The time saved with low-code development is used to improve engineering, design, reviews, and testing. It is possible to focus on these phases while directly involving business users or future users of applications, thus obtaining increasingly effective results that better meet software solutions’ functional and nonfunctional requirements. An application can also be developed with Lean or Agile approaches or with uncertain requirements by creating a minimum viable product (MVP). It is possible to scale the project based on market feedback, with remarkably short development cycles and a strong focus on user experience.
Low-code development and Agile methodology
Low-code development follows the Agile methodology’s principles because its high development speed allows developers to focus on individuals and interactions rather than on technologies for implementing business applications. With low-code development, it is possible to release functional software even with remarkably short development cycles. It allows timely response to continuous changes in markets and user behaviors. Visual languages are, in fact, the common ground for defining digital solutions’ requirements, low-code development simplifies collaboration between developers and business users.
As opposed to traditional programming, which requires more specialized development knowledge, the visual approach’s simplicity of Low-Code allows individuals to create complex business applications even with minor technical skills. The increase in development speed decreases investments’ payback periods and resources costs, especially in terms of application maintenance. Developers are relieved of updating technologies and thus can focus on improving engineering and design, drastically reducing innovative solutions’ time-to-market and time-to-MVP.
No-code development excludes the possibility of programming, to the detriment of developmental flexibility, and is suitable for creating vertical market solutions that respond to specific business problems using only configurators. Low-code development, in contrast, also allows programming. This facilitations development of new functionalities, processes, and service models, opening development up to new scenarios and innovative solutions that differentiate companies from market competitors. In no-code development, digital solutions’ characteristics are standard and created based on usage trends. With low-code, customization is unlimited while maintaining a realization speed comparable to the adoption of a software already present on the market.
The advantages of using low-code development are many: reduction of time-to-market, costs and use of resources and increased pervasiveness of digital technologies in the company, which relieves personnel from repetitive activities and allows them to focus their efforts on activities of greater value. Companies can have multiple digital solutions that make effective use of data assets, thanks to tracking and analysis, and demonstrate performance and competitiveness improvements in the reference market.
Development productivity and reduced time and resources
Low-code development’s rapidity allows for creation of more applications in less times than traditional programming, eliminating the time required to design, write and maintain source code when developing business software used to exploit company data and information but often underused because of the IT department’s lack of time and resources.
The reduced need for resources allows companies to compete with even highly structured organizations. The minor technical skills needed, on the other hand, let also non-specialized roles use the Low-Code method, to respond to the lack of specialized figures due to the great increase in the demand for developers in companies.
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Low-code development platforms are tools for modernization and innovation because they simplify the creation of web, mobile, and automation applications that reorganize and improve business processes. Low-code development also allows for creation of new services and revenue sources through design of innovative features and experiences tailored to business needs.
Visual languages are the common ground between developers and business experts, and they improve communication, information sharing, and strategic engagement. These languages’ development speeds allow developers to focus on processes’ design and innovation, increasing their involvement in the company’s business dynamics.
The state of the art
Low-code developers focus their attention on five major rating categories: (1) The approach must be easy to learn. (2) The development platforms’ interfaces must be intuitive. (3–4) The produced applications’ user experience must be customizable and engaging. (5) Finally, licensing costs must be sustainable.
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700% development productivity
With WebRatio’s low-code technology, companies can develop with an average productivity 7 times greater than that achieved with traditional methods, reducing time and resources costs and time-to-market while increasing the ROI of the investment in the enterprise application’s development.
A complete suite, from business processes to user experience
The WebRatio platform includes all development environments and visual tools to create complete business applications: business process automation, web, and mobile. With the Data Model Designer, you define the data structure. With the visual modeling language BPMN, you can model business processes, which are linked to the web or mobile application designed in IFML. The UI Designer is used for building the interface.
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