Low-Code for Fast Development of Your Applications

A Guide to Low-Code Development

What is low-code development and how can it help solve your unique business challenges?
Here’s everything you need to know.

What is Low-Code Development?

Low code is a modern approach to software development that eliminates the need to write code. With low code, you can build, edit and test custom business applications using visual, point-and-click tools instead of hand-coding.

Low-code platforms enable anyone to build apps — even those with limited technical knowledge or development experience.

In our research, we found that low-code users are significantly more successful than peers who do not use low code.

Some 63% of low-code users say they have the resources to fulfill the demand for custom tools, compared to only 41% of peers who do not use low code. They are also more likely to deliver application projects on time and within scope and budget.

Key Outcomes of Low-Code Users

Source: Low Code: The Business Transformation Game-Changer

Low Code vs. No Code: What’s the Difference?

No code is the promise of building dynamic, feature-rich apps without writing a single line of code. It’s something platforms strive to achieve with visual, point-and-click and drag-and-drop tools. The most common features and capabilities needed to build, deploy and manage applications are provided by the platform without coding.

Low code, on the other hand, provides the option to augment applications by inserting or modifying code such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, SQL, etc. This can result in more sophisticated and robust systems built primarily by “citizen developers” with some guidance or assistance from more technical users.

Who Uses Low Code?

Low code primarily benefits business professionals who want to build apps without the complexities of traditional software development. Its positive impact reaches all members of the organization.

BUSINESS USERS

76% of business professionals say delayed app development projects impact their work performance. With low code, your employees and developers gain a shortcut to deliver powerful applications without dealing with the difficulties of programming or overburdening IT. They know their unique workflows like the back of their hand and understand what’s required for a solution to be successful.

IT PROFESSIONALS

80% of today’s organizations simply don’t have sufficient budgets for app development. A lack of IT resources contributes to the massive backlog of development requests. With low code, applications are built 10-20x faster. And by endorsing low-code platforms for use across the organization, technical talent is freed up to focus on critical IT projects.

EXECUTIVES

93% of executives say custom applications bring strategic business advantages to their organization. With low code, C-level executives have access to custom apps produced internally. These tools improve customer experiences and optimize internal workflows — areas that directly impact the bottom line and are under the direct ownership of the C-suite.

Top Benefits of Low-Code Platforms

Despite acknowledging the importance of custom business apps, organizations still struggle to deliver and support critical applications. Their biggest hurdle remains the lack of hard-to-find IT talent, followed by inadequate funding. Businesses also face the complexities of integrating their new apps with legacy systems and meeting delivery deadlines.

Low code empowers organizations to overcome challenges surrounding app development. Enabling business users to create purpose-built apps using only visual, point-and-click tools reduces the need for additional IT talent and lowers workforce and infrastructure costs. Here are a few reasons why low code makes so much sense, for both IT and businesses:

Challenges in Building Custom Business Applications

Source: Low Code: The Business Transformation Game-Changer

Benefits for Businesses

PURPOSE-BUILT SOLUTIONS

Many businesses make do with expensive off-the-shelf software suites usually intended for a mass market. Often, these clunky “solutions” offer tons of features but cannot address the exact requirements of a department. With low code, business professionals can build custom apps that match their unique workflows. Through testing, the tool adapts to the process, not the other way around.

PURPOSE-BUILT SOLUTIONS

User Empowerment

Low code empowers the person closest to the problem to solve it. Business leaders gain the ability to DIY solutions, reducing the reliance on backlogged and short-staffed IT teams for simple, departmental tools. Teams are likely to use the software or technology they built themselves, too, eliminating a steep learning curve while increasing adoption success.

User Empowerment

STREAMLINED OPERATIONS

Low code allows businesses to centralize all their data in an online database, which serves as the foundation for various apps that streamline and automate data management. For example, instead of checking multiple Excel spreadsheets to analyze monthly team performance, managers can simply build web dashboards that display visually stunning graphs based on real-time data.

STREAMLINED OPERATIONS

Faster Time-to-Market

In today’s digital landscape, organizations need business agility to remain competitive. Low-code development supports a “test-and-learn” approach where teams adopt agile practices for testing and quickly launching minimum viable products as needed. They then continuously improve apps in subsequent iterations, resulting in faster time-to-market and constant innovation.

Faster Time-to-Market

Benefits for IT Teams

REDUCED PROJECT BACKLOGS

Low code takes the pressure off burdened IT teams. Since business professionals can now build and deploy custom applications on any website, CMS, portal or through direct links without coding — IT talent can focus their attention on bigger, more urgent projects that only they can complete.

REDUCED PROJECT BACKLOGS

LOWER COSTS

Low-code development eliminates the need to hire hard-to-find IT talent. Instead, it maximizes existing resources (business professionals), resulting in reduced overhead costs. You also save by leveraging cloud technologies integrated into the platform instead of procuring infrastructure.

LOWER COSTS

SECURITY & COMPLIANCE

The best low-code platforms comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and more industry regulatory standards. Low-code enforces these guardrails to prevent data breaches and malpractices from shadow IT.

HIPAA

Protected Health Information

FERPA

Educational Privacy Act

Section 508/WCAG

Accessibility Standards

GDPR

EU Privacy Legislation

EU-US Privacy Shield

Certified Participant

3D Secure 2

Strong Customer Authentication

MASSIVE SCALABILITY

Low-code platforms allow IT teams to quickly scale and react to urgent business needs in real-time — something that’s impossible with limited on-premises infrastructure. With enterprise-grade cloud systems supporting your low-code databases and applications, you’re ready for any spike in usage.

MASSIVE SCALABILITY

What Can You Build With Low Code?

From simple web forms to sophisticated business workflows,
here are some common departmental applications you can build using low code:

Schedule a free consultation and a low-code development specialist will help you explore your options.

IDC
The Business Value of Low-Code Development Platforms

The Business Value of Low-Code Development Platforms

Low-code developers are growing 3x faster than traditional programmers. See why so many organizations are adopting low code to accelerate digital success.

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Your Low-Code Questions Answered

What is low-code software development?

Low-code is a software development method that allows you to create fully-featured apps with minimal coding. With low-code, non-technical users utilize visual point-and-click tools to build, modify and deploy custom software. At the same time, programmers and tech-savvy professionals can extend applications by injecting code.


How is low-code development different from traditional software development?

Traditional software development requires technical expertise and elaborate IT infrastructure. In contrast, low-code development empowers users to bypass coding. It also supports cloud-based application deployment, eliminating the need to procure IT infrastructure to host apps.


How does a low-code development platform work?

A low-code platform provides intuitive app-building tools for both business users and experienced developers. It features step-by-step tools that guide you through the entire app creation process, from building interfaces to deploying to the cloud. It also provides specific areas where you can inject code.


How quickly can I build an app using low code?

With Caspio, you can create a simple web app in as little as 10 minutes. Caspio allows business professionals to build powerful applications up to 20x faster compared with traditional development. One Caspio customer reduced end-to-end development time by over 60%, passing on the cost savings to their customers. In our research, we also found that low-code adopters deliver apps on time while staying within scope and budget.


Will using a low-code platform reduce my IT costs?

Low-code shortens development timelines, and therefore reduces overall costs. It also allows businesses to deploy applications to the cloud without investing in on-premise IT infrastructure. Business professionals are empowered to build their apps, reducing the need to hire additional IT developers.


How much faster is low-code development than traditional app development?

Caspio’s low-code platform allows users to build apps faster by a factor of 20, compared with traditional software development. The process of hand-coding and debugging takes a considerable amount of time from any development sprint, so removing that from the equation greatly improves development timelines.


Is there a way to retrieve my data from the platform?

Of course. All you have to do is schedule automated data exports or export data on demand to easily download any information you’ve stored on Caspio.


Can I link Caspio with other products and services?

Yes! Through our built-in integration with Zapier, you’ll be able to link Caspio with over 2,000 cloud-based services like Office 365, Salesforce and Mailchimp. If you want to synch data between systems, simply use tasks that automatically transfer data across different cloud repositories such as Box, Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive.


How much does the platform cost?

You have the freedom to choose from our numerous subscription plans: from a Free Account that is ideal for simple projects, to Corporate Plans that come with enterprise features, advanced security and higher service levels. Compare Caspio pricing options to see which plan best accommodates your unique business needs.


How do I get started?

It’s as easy as signing up for a free trial. If you’d like to talk to a product expert for a personalized and in-depth walk-through of Caspio’s low-code platform, schedule a free consultation and our team will get in touch with you.


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