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Here’s why demand for low-code mobile app development has exploded

Kay Parker
12th Mar 2018
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Businesses worldwide are faced with barriers to mobile app development, but low-code mobile app development provides solutions that are cost-effective and fast.

All businesses need mobile apps that connect directly with their customers and business partners. Some need them desperately while others want to bide their time. In any scenario, two factors play a key role in businesses getting onto the digital transformation journey. They are budget and time.

No matter the size of the company, budgets dictate business transformation strategies. This is a given.

The other factor is time. In an increasingly Darwinian business ecosystem, the faster businesses get onto the digital platform, the better it is for them. In a mobile-first world, the onus isn’t just on the quality, functionality, and UI/UX of the app, the speed at which the mobile app is built and deployed also defines a brand. And this trend is expected to increase. As Gartner suggests, mobile app demand will grow 5x faster than IT can deliver by 2021.

This is where low-code mobile app development technology comes into the spotlight. What does low-code mean? For any type of app that a business requires, low-code mobile app development companies have pre-configured models for it. They create these models to save time and money for businesses.

With older mobile app development (non-low-code) platforms, every line of code has to be defined from scratch. What this means is that errors are aplenty, iterations are difficult to make, they take a lot of time (sometimes even years) to make, and the process itself is expensive. So, no more spending time and resources on creating apps from scratch as low-code does away with all these problems

Another positive of low-code is that apps can be built for Android, iOS and the Web in one go. While apps made from scratch would require hand-coding on JavaScript, Objective-C, and HTML5 respectively (and individually), low-code platforms create cross-platform apps using a common language for all three OS platforms. Thus, the amount of time saved here directly reflects on costs, which is the top business-value that low-code platforms offer.

Taking Garner’s view even further, it has been established that CIOs are finding it quite hard to:

  • Find skilled developers and technology resources
  • Streamlining business processes
  • Meet demands of their customers on time
  • Access relevant data and analysis
  • Clear IT backlogs

Low-code app development overcomes these very obstacles.

Low-code eliminates mobile app development barriers

Low-code mobile app development companies concentrate on three key factors to deliver high-quality mobile solutions. They are:

Visual development of the app

Developers can drag and drop components to design interactive and responsive interfaces to acclimatise to all types of smart devices, screen sizes, and pixel densities. This doesn’t mean that solutions are out-of-the-box. Visual development creates an environment of enhanced customisation to offer native-like cross-platform mobile apps that share a similar layout and functionality across devices.

Streamlining business processes

A fact that every management personnel will understand. Disparate silos working independently is the biggest problem that businesses face. Low-code platforms streamline the process as mobile apps are created on business logic, which surprisingly requires little DevOps. Such platforms offer a single point of control for software upgrades, scalability, and app maintenance. Technology-enabling business solutions create an ecosystem of enhanced governance, security, and auto-scaling (infrastructure and users). A Darwinian ecosystem demands this from businesses to stay ahead of competition and market fluctuations.

Simplifies system integration

Every business depends on data and analysis to understand the market and customer demands. But data comes in various forms and from varied disparate systems. They can range from APIs to proprietary systems, external, and internal. Though a commonly ignored factor, system integration is one of the most demanded services that low-code app development companies are requested for. Visual development allows developers to drag and drop any third-party system to create a unified system, is integrated instanteously.

Technology as an enabler

In all recorded human history, technology has made swift changes to ecosystems. From the wheel to the Industrial Revolution to the internet, new technology has created waves by becoming enablers in the human progress story. Low-code app development is no different.

For businesses to stay ahead of the curve in this digital age, investing in a low-code platform to create enterprise-grade mobile apps will align business with IT to clear backlogs, expand productivity of talent pools, reduce costs by huge margins, reduce efforts, simplify business processes, ensure transparency of processes, and help repurpose resources.

In short, low-code platforms offer more for less, and with short time-to-market. These very reasons have propelled the demand for low-code app development services across the globe. s

(Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of YourStory.)

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Kay Parker works as a Sales Ready Evangelist at HokuApps. Based out of San Francisco, USA, Kay works closely with the cross-functional team to ensure the success of the HokuApps platform. Kay stresses on understanding the customer to convert them into passionate and active evangelists for the company. To this end, Kay works on customer personas based on long and short-term data and analytics, along with interactions with HokuApps customers (potential and existing). Kay’s marketing experience enables him to understand customers from perspectives such as social media, demographics, content sharing, their fields of interests and the speed (and change) in demand generation. As a brand evangelist, Kay also ensures that the HokuApps brand engine is reflected in the inner workings of the company in terms of culture and such. Using advanced marketing techniques and strategies, Kay implements growth hacking tricks to boost HokuApps in every way. Twitter.

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