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 about low-code app development.

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 development 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: The State of Custom Business Applications 2020 Report

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 development 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 development 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 Development 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: The State of Custom Business Applications 2020 Report

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 development 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 platforms support 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 development 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 development 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 development 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.

Join the Low-Code Leader

In the latest Forrester Wave™ report, Forrester evaluated 12 of the most important low-code vendors available on the market — detailing how organizations can fulfill rising demand for automation through low-code development. For the second straight time, Caspio was ranked a ‘Leader.’

Forrester also dubbed Caspio as “the richest platform for business developers.” Caspio emerged strongest in the “Current Offering” category, earning the highest score in 16 distinct criteria that include startup experience; user interface development; database development and features; application deployment options; and security audits and certifications.

“Caspio has quietly built a product that provides both deep functionality for enterprise apps and an easy start for business professionals,” Forrester said.

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.


What is no-code software development?

No-code software development eliminates the need to write code entirely. With no-code platforms, business professionals with no programming experience can use visual point-and-click tools to create and deploy applications online without the IT overhead.


How are no-code and low-code different?

Both low-code and no-code platforms aim to revolutionize software development. No-code empowers business users eager to bring their ideas to life using guided visual tools. On the other hand, low-code allows technical users to quickly build apps with minimal coding for the majority of use cases, with the option to extend their apps with scripting when required.


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 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 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.


Can an entire team collaborate to build apps on the platform?

Caspio allows unlimited app creators, making it possible for anyone and everyone to participate in the development process. Promote collaboration and data sharing not only between teams, but also with various departments and stakeholders by inviting them to work on cross-functional apps. Caspio lets you democratize app development in your entire organization.


Does Caspio offer professional services to build apps for me?

Yes! If you know the type of app you need, but aren’t too keen on building and testing it yourself, schedule a free Project Consultation session with a Caspio expert today. We’ll help you get all the IT talent you need to transform your vision into reality.


How can I retrieve my data from the platform?

With Caspio, you can easily download any information you’ve stored on the platform by scheduling automated data exports or exporting data on demand.


Does Caspio work with other products and services?

Yes! Link Caspio with over 2,000 cloud-based services like Office 365, Salesforce and Mailchimp using our built-in integration with Zapier. It’s also easy to synch data between systems using tasks that automatically transfer data across popular cloud repositories such as Box, Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive.


How much does Caspio cost?

Caspio offers various subscription plans: from a Free Account that’s suitable for simple projects, to Corporate Plans that include enterprise features, advanced security and higher service levels. Compare Caspio pricing options to see which plan best fits your requirements.


How do I get started?

Simply sign up for a free trial. If you prefer to talk to a product expert for  personalized and guided introduction to Caspio’s low-code platform, schedule a free consultation and our team will reach out to you.


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