A new generation of software development tools is revolutionizing the relationship between businesses and their software.
The idea that software development is a complex process has been around since the advent of software itself.
From the first basic computer programs, to the website you use for e-banking and the multi-layered, complex social media apps on your smartphone - software solutions have traditionally been created by developers with specialized knowledge of programming and coding languages.
Developers spend years learning how to manually code ‘back-end’ software architecture in order to produce functionalities and outcomes that we, as users, ultimately interact with in the ‘front-end’. This involves learning and keeping up to date with evolutions in coding languages, writing the code, testing and finally launching the software - a rigorous process that can be very time-consuming and resource-intensive.
The complexity of producing software through coding - coupled with the huge demand for software solutions as businesses across the world undergo digital transformations - has meant that there is a significant shortage of developers, and hiring them is expensive.
But that’s all changing - to a certain extent. Over the last few years, there has been a rise in ‘No-Code’ and ‘Low-Code’ platforms that allow users with little or no coding experience to build software solutions like internal business tools in a fraction of the time that it usually takes to code solutions from scratch.
So what are No-Code and Low-Code?
Although they are often used interchangeably, No-Code and Low-Code software solutions are two similar yet slightly different approaches to software development.
As is suggested in the name, No-Code refers to platforms that allow users to create software without having to do any coding. These platforms usually involve interfaces with drag-and-drop functionalities that allow a user to design their software solution visually.
Low-Code software commonly uses a combination of No-Code interfaces, with the possibility for some functionalities to be coded by someone with relevant coding experience.
As a hybrid example we can see WordPress (which is used for developing websites). WordPress is a good example of both No-Code and Low-Code software. By working with WordPress’ Visual Editors, users can create web layouts without having to enter code. However, WordPress also allows developers to write and alter a website’s code through its back-end.
Now imagine this principle to its extent through Incrementum, allowing users to create custom applications and business tools with no, or some coding understanding and on the other hand to provide developers such tools so they will be able to develop demanding applications.
So, are Low-Code and No-Code the Future?
The answer is yes… and no. And that’s not a bad thing.
To begin with, No-Code and Low-Code platforms are themselves developed through coding, because they tend to be complex tools, whose function is to simplify software creation.
In addition, No-Code/Low-Code solutions tend to be created with specific industries and functionalities in mind, and they come loaded with a set of pre-coded components that business owners can use to customize their own software assets. Moreover several researches indicate that new industries seek solutions to reduce their development costs and resources.
Smartape Solutions is currently working on Incrementum, a very exciting No-Code/Low-Code project that will revolutionize how business owners build personalised software that is unique for their specific requirements. Incrementum will allow non-technical users to build custom applications without any coding experience, yet will also allow developers to build custom applications, which they can then provide to their clients or sell via the platform’s native marketplace.
What kind of software would you like to see developed next? Get in touch and we’ll be happy to start a conversation.