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Low code app development is a way of creating software which minimises the requirement for specialised software developers. The development platform is configured in such a way that users can use form fields, selection palettes and drag and drop components to develop their software. The bulk of system creation can be done by non-professional developers, referred to as ‘citizen’ developers, with only highly bespoke elements requiring professional developer input. Most low code app development platforms are modular, with pre-configured, highly flexible components that allow incredible versatility in system design. 

Low code app development

The major advantage of low code app development platforms is that they reduce reliance on professional developers. Software development is one of the world’s most in-demand professions, and as such there is both a huge shortage and a high price tag. Devolving responsibility from this skillset is one way to address this shortfall. Citizen developers can take on not only the basics of application creation, but also revision down the line, allowing developers to only involve themselves in high-level tasks.

A related advantage is the speed in which applications can be created. Software developer teams are often understaffed due to their high demand, and usually have a backlog of tasks taking up their time. Conversely citizen developers can come from any discipline. Additionally, while coding is extremely time consuming, low code and no code app development platforms are far speedier due to their modular set up, and their simplicity relative to coding means they tend to encounter less issues.

Low code and no code app development are often mentioned in the same breath. They are extremely similar, with no code a natural evolution from low code. As the name implies, no code app development platforms remove the need for software developers entirely,  

Low code app development environment 

A low code or no code app development environment is another way of referring to the development platform. This is the tool that users wield to enable them to configure and create their applications. Just like how coders will create software using coding languages such as Python or C#, low code and no code citizen developers will use a development environment such as Intelastel to help them realise their project.

Low code app development software

Many different types of software can be configured through the use of low code app development platforms. Low code and no code plug a gap between bespoke software, which is tailored to your business but is often prohibitively expensive, and off-the-shelf SaaS products, which is constrained by limited and generic functionality. Because of this, low code or no code is often brought in to replace systems that have previously been run through SaaS. 

The versatility of low code and no code means that their application is literally endless. However, some common usages include:

  • Ecommerce portal
  • CRM system
  • HR system
  • Customer portal
  • Financial tracker
  • Approvals tracker

Low code application platforms

The Intelastel application builder is a no code application platform – a natural next step forward from low code builders. The platform allows users to sign up and create their first application for free, utilising the product’s intuitive system of drop-down options, form fields and drag and drop functionality. 

Intelastel is partnered with integration platform Integromat, a tool which makes unifying applications simple. Integromat allows you to stream data between applications and pull from various data sources to help create clear reporting that drives meaningful insights.

Intelastel is designed to maximise build speed without compromising versatility of system build. One of the ways it achieves that is through its pre-configured Templates, available in the Intelastore. These templates come with bare bones functionalities ready-configured, to give your application design a running start. You can then tailor or revise the Template to suit your needs.

Examples of Templates include customer service delivery systems, project management applications, sales automation software, and more.

The future of software?

According to Gartner, by 2024, “80% of technology products and services will be built by those who are not technology professionals”. That represents a huge shift in not only the way software is developed, but also how business departments are composed. The shift to citizen development will fundamentally change the siloed manner in which IT departments currently operate within businesses, and help alleviate logjams common within the current system.

Applications built through low code and no code builder platforms are quicker, simpler and cheaper to build and maintain than their coded counterparts. With so many huge points in their favour, small wonder they’re becoming so mainstream.

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