Speed, Scale and Saving: Three Reasons Software Providers Must Adopt Low-Code in the Future

In today’s dynamic operating environment, your applications will need to evolve at pace to keep up with developing demands. Low-code delivers speed, scale and saving benefits that make this possible.

Organisations are evolving at an unprecedented pace, with compelling factors like hybrid working, increasingly complex global supply chains, and escalating user demands – let alone an ongoing global pandemic – forcing them to be fleet footed at all times.

The applications organisations depend on are an essential enabler to this evolution, giving their people access to the tools they need to deliver exceptional services to their end user customers. As a software provider, you no doubt face challenges from your customers to deliver ever-more complex and nuanced functionality through your applications.

If you feel like you’re struggling to keep up, you’re not alone. Fortunately, modern technology approaches may well hold the key to your future success. In this blog, we’ll introduce low-code and explain how its speed, scale and saving benefits make it a natural choice for the next phase of your evolution as a software provider.

What is Low-Code?

Put simply, low-code is a new, more visual approach to application development. Unlike traditional application development which relies on expert developers working in a very siloed manner, low-code enables organisations to automate every step of the application lifecycle, streamlining delivery and breaking down siloes to include stakeholders throughout your organisation – and your clients.

According to Gartner, “Low-code development offers a way to add custom features or functions for an application with new code. The code supported can be a proprietary language or standards-based languages. JavaScript is one of the most popular and common languages supported by low-code development tools. This approach allows customers and partners to have a higher degree of customization than no-code tools. However, the added custom code must be carefully managed to prevent accumulation of technical debt and change management issues.”

Low-code represents a shift in cultural mindset for many software providers, as there is far less separation between developers and the subject matter experts they are solving issues for. Imagine being able to truly visualise an application as you develop it, giving non-developer subject matter experts the ability to drag and drop throughout processes in a straightforward, intuitive manner.

No more functionality lost in translation between customers and developers, no more working siloes that are detrimental to creativity, no more extended development lifecycles. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Gartner thinks so – it has forecasted that the worldwide low-code development technologies market is projected to total $13.8 billion in 2021, an increase of 22.6% from 2020. Let’s explore why that is.

Reason One: Speed

Low-code is faster than traditional application development methodologies. Much faster. Where traditional application development can take weeks to introduce new application features, low-code can achieve it in days. Workflows that used to take hours, now take minutes. And by enabling you to build complete solutions much more quickly, you can respond to compelling events in a massively reduced timeframe. Ask anyone who’s had to respond at pace to the COVID-19 pandemic how they feel about that.

Reason Two: Scale

By using low-code, you can develop a wide variety of solutions without incurring extensive costs. By engaging with end users through online, mobile and interactive experiences, you can deliver continuous improvements that keep your customers happy. And by hosting on scalable cloud architectures, you can ensure that your applications are able to scale up and down to meet customer demands without incurring costly up-front costs.

Reason Three: Savings

Software developers are a precious commodity – and an expensive one. Low-code enables talented people throughout your business to contribute to application development, breaking down siloes and lowering your dependency on your software developers. Low-code developed applications hosted in the cloud are also much easier and cheaper to monitor, manage and support – especially when you partner with an experienced secure cloud provider like Six Degrees.

The Future is Low-Code

Software providers operate in a competitive market. One of the keys to success in the future will be harnessing the cloud and leveraging low-code to enhance customer experience while meeting operational and regulatory requirements.

Specialist cloud technology providers like Six Degrees act as a bridge between all of the services software providers deliver today, and their future aims of becoming public cloud-ready. While no organisation can become cloud-enabled overnight, it can reach that goal faster if it chooses a provider that knows how to get there.

So, what’s the first step? We recommend kickstarting your transformation with an Application Modernisation Advisory. Through our Application Modernisation Advisory, we will review your current applications and your existing application architecture, and provide an advisory report to transform and modernise your applications securely into the cloud.

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