7 Benefits of Mobile App For Your Business

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Mobile apps are becoming increasingly popular among businesses and service providers. From e-commerce stores and payment banks to food delivery and healthcare, there is almost no industry where mobile applications have not proved their marketing value or established themselves fundamental for effective communication with target customers.
 

1. Availability: Be There For Your Customers Every Time

Nowadays, customer service is no longer just about face-to-face interaction. Especially with the rapid development of technology, there are now more than 2.6 billion users who own smartphones. We can call mobile apps a game-changer for industries. Do you know why?

Mobile apps are not likely to have mood swings and poor performance, unlike manpower customer service. With robust mobile software, you will provide users with the best way to choose. Users can decide whether they want to select your services.

Many businesses see mobile apps as a means of improving customer service. You are always ready for your customers. If a user finds out about your products or services in the middle of the night and wants to get information instantly, all they have to do is turn on their phone and download your mobile app.

Moreover, users do not have to wait for business hours to be able to even buy your product if they want to. Customer satisfaction should be one of your priorities, and therefore mobile apps are the answer to increasing customer satisfaction.

2. Marketing: Develop A Direct Marketing Channel

Of all the advantages of having a mobile app, one of the biggest is that it has all the information you want to give customers; booking forms, search features, user accounts, news feeds, it provides multiple functions such as. 

You can also get closer to direct communication with push notifications. In this way, it is possible to remind your customers how sensible it is to choose your services and products. Now users have all the information at their fingertips.

3. Priority: Give Value To Your Customers

Business is about responding. If you want to improve the interaction of users with your organization, you must give them a certain level of value. When you start doing that, they do not think about going anywhere else. The question now is how you can value your users. You can plan a loyalty program to enable them to participate in your services and products. Some organizations use their mobile apps to offer rewards to subscribers. This motivates users to buy their services or products. If you already have such a program, it is possible to integrate it into the mobile application.

4. Visibility: Build Your Brand and Recognition 

The mobile app can contribute to brand awareness. It would be better if we split this section into two different sections and the combination of both makes your mobile app a real winner. 

Sign: a mobile app is similar to an empty billboard sign. Whether you want to give it a stylish look or not, you can make it shocking, informative, or functional. But what you can not ignore is improving it with many features that your customers will love. Moreover, it must be brand-based and painstakingly designed.

Recognition: the more you focus on customer engagement, the sooner they are convinced to buy your services or products. ”Effective frequency” is very important in the advertising industry. Wait, you do not know what happened? In the simplest terms, enough frequency is to see or hear your brand about 20 times. This will give you real recognition.

5. Interaction: Enhance Your Customer Engagement 

Regardless of what you sell, users need a method to reach you. With a Help Desk feature, your app can change how you interact with your customers. 

For example, OpenTable built its overall business model around the same principle. Instead of looking for a cafe or restaurant for a table, it is possible to book with fewer than five clicks on its platform.

You must have noticed that most customers prefer to contact you by phone or text. This is because everyone is busy nowadays and with a mobile app you can give them a chance to do it.

6. Uniqueness: Offer Something Out-of-the-Box 

Technology has fascinated almost every part of our lives, and almost everyone has used mobile apps. However, despite the awareness, their development is still rare. Specifically, at the small business level.

Therefore, creating an app and presenting it to your customers can make your organization stand out. Make sure you build it correctly by following different application development strategies. Your competitors and users will certainly be surprised by your initiative and foresight.

7. Loyalty: Be True to Your Customers

Customer loyalty is the most important motivation to consider building your versatile application. With all the noise from Facebook promotions, roadside banners, announcements, flashing signs, daily paper ads, flyers, websites, site flags, coupons, and email marketing, you gradually lose your influence on customers. It is a great opportunity to come back by building a real and authentic relationship with your customers.

Also, try to make them a loyal fan of your product as well as your services. However, it can be a method of staying closer to your customers and constantly being just a “fingertip.”

To sum up; Why is it worth investing in mobile app development? In today’s competitive environment, people are using mobile devices to keep up with their favorite brands. They see it as a brand that allows potential customers to get all the information quickly. Whatever industry you’re dealing with, the advantages of having mobile apps for businesses are numerous, and investing in it is the best business deal. 

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Start creating brand awareness through mobile app development and better distribute your reach. Your investment in mobile apps will benefit you for a long time. Working with BAYPM to develop mobile business applications will also ensure application security, timely updates, and effective application management.

The Low-Code Market in 2021

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Based on the latest data, the low code market is estimated to reach a value of $ 187 billion by 2030 (increased to $ 10.3 billion in 2019).
The reason for this growth lies in the increasing pressure of IT to add value to the business – accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and deadlocks – and the limitations of traditional development that hinder developer productivity and increase backlog jobs. Low code development with its visual approach to coding can enable your existing development teams to build high-quality multi-experience applications faster (if you’re looking for the benefits of low code, we have a full article on this topic).
Unfortunately, hot technology attracts a wide variety of vendors and posers. While it may seem tempting to have lower-code platform options, a closer look reveals that many of these products offer solutions that don’t really meet the needs of corporate businesses or developers, just like Visual Basic did not exist a few decades ago.

Clarifying the Low-Code Market Size

In the latest Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low Code Application Platforms (LCAP), Gartner defines LCAP as:

“An application platform that supports rapid application development, deployment, execution, and management using declarative, high-level programming abstractions such as model-driven and metadata-driven programming languages ​​and single-step deployments.”

Based on this definition, the low code market includes platforms that support the development of enterprise applications that run on multiple platforms and devices, connect to data sources, and meet business needs. To be included in Gartner’s view of the low code market, providers must also meet a variety of technical requirements, including:

Demonstrating a go-to-market strategy for its LCAP for cross-sectoral application development,

Providing a minimum set of application platform capabilities,

Ensuring fast application development,

To provide an enterprise-level LCAP for enterprise-class projects.

As the market continues to grow and new providers join the race, Gartner adjusts these criteria every year, and some vendors even move into different categories such as case management. We fully expect to see additional changes in 2021 as Gartner continues to focus on the feature and functionality packs customers can expect from a low-code app platform and whether this suite can truly address all use cases for the organization.

An Alternative Perspective on the Low-Code Market

If you are considering a low-code platform to digitize internal business processes, replace legacy applications, or create new customer experiences that include mobile, chat, and bots, it can help to understand the low-code environment based on its legacy.

This may seem like a strange way of thinking about development platform vendors, but it turns out, it’s very important. Let’s take a look at the three categories of low code and why they exist.

Niche Tools

Niche tools focus on a specific application development problem. For example:

A better way to capture and store data

A simpler way to describe business processes

An easier way to create a mobile frontend

These tools are used almost exclusively to meet a single business need. It includes business process management (BPM), case management, and no-code technology. As long as scalability is not a requirement, you can use them to build simple applications really fast.

Ecosystem Tools

Players of this category are often large software application vendors whose motivation to call themselves low-code is to provide a way to create more value in cloud ecosystems. These solutions are basically niche platforms as they are developed to solve a specific business need as well as general application development (e.g. database applications, web tools, GUI front ends to CLI backend systems).

Purpose-Oriented Application Platforms

These are platforms designed from the very beginning to handle custom application development using a low-code approach. Vendors in this category tend to keep up with market needs and trends and include new features for future-proof customer journeys such as progressive web apps and chatbots. Purpose application platforms focus on delivering fit-for-purpose applications with a consistent user experience.

These platforms are not purely pure low-code tools such as niche or ecosystem. They include a low-code framework and tools for multi-experience development, but they also have some capabilities for automation, integration, impact reporting, and one-click deployment.

Why Is Purposeful Creation Not Enough?

The problem with purpose-built application platforms is that inevitably there comes a time when solutions created with them must evolve in a direction that the platform does not support. It’s as if you need your content management system to start offering point-of-sale functionality with order menus and payments. Maybe you can add some plugins and get something that works, if not elegant. However, what happens the next time you need something out of the box? Or the time after that?

At this point, organizations using application platforms for this purpose are forced to layer over another tool to bridge the gap, resort to manual coding, or seek other ways to integrate newly coded systems with existing systems. The benefits of low code are lost very quickly.

We see this often. Many of our clients came to OutSystems after hitting this wall with another platform, and this can happen very quickly. The reasons are varied, but we hear things like:

“Yes, our current platform supports online mobile app development… but we also need it to create apps that work offline. It doesn’t.”

And…

“We are not able to integrate with our identity management system.”

Question: Why can’t more solutions get organizations over this wall effectively?

Answer: Because it’s hard to build a development platform that meets the actual needs of customers. Customers don’t just need better, more efficient development tools; they need an entire platform that improves the full application lifecycle in the same way that low-code improves the development experience. A modern application platform, not flash-in-the-pan tactics, can make sure that IT teams never hit a wall.

Solving Purpose-Built Problems with a Modern Application Platform

Almost every day we hear from organizations that are victims of digital disruption – cite retail (Sears, Toys ”R” Us), Mobile Device (Blackberry), and taxi industry references. To avoid this, not only do business and IT strategies need to be in lockdown, but IT needs to be able to deliver solutions that accelerate business demands. Imagine that the business minds behind Uber will be told a two-year wait for their mobile apps.

Development speed is the biggest opportunity for low code platforms. Instead, most of the time, even low-code, IT is constrained by:

  • Big backlogs
  • Not enough budget or skilled resources
  • Development complexity
  • Systems that are often outdated by the time they’re released.

Addressing these issues requires a modern application platform that offers low-code for the visual development of all layers of an application, including user interfaces, integration, data models, business logic, and workflow for any device, and proprietary code of an application. This looks like a purpose-built app platform, right? The difference is that with a modern application platform it is possible to:

  • Package mobile apps for the app stores in one click.
  • Manage the full application lifecycle with automated dependency impact analysis, application portfolio governance and refactoring, and debugging to ensure deployments don’t break.
  • Handle complex mobile requirements like ultra-responsive user experience, offline data, on-device business logic, and sensor integration.
  • Scale to support high volumes of users and transactions.
  • Deliver superior user experience through continuous delivery and deployment.
  • Meet demanding security requirements.
  • Adopt a multi-persona app dev strategy, taking full advantage of the governed business and IT collaboration.

Take the credit rating company FICO, for example. They had a two-year development project that failed. In just six months with half the team, they rewrote and delivered a brand new origination system and got to market three times faster using the OutSystems modern application platform.

To learn more about the variety of low-code platforms, I invite you to download a complementary copy of Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, 2020

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In light of the research results, as BAYPM, we would love to help you with your Digital Transformation journey, give us a shout and we’ll be sure to assist you as best as we can. Currently, we are working on a project to digitize manual processes within different locations. The client opted for an incremental implementation approach based on geographical locations and the needs of their different factories.

Gartner: Low-Code Use Will Skyrocket In 2021

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Covid has negatively affected our lives in many ways, psychological, social, and economic. However, there have been some issues that have led to a breakthrough in the direction of digitalization. For instance; the use of low-code software received a strong boost from the COVID pandemic. It helps companies accelerate digital transformation and change the way they interact with their customers. According to Gartner’s research, because of that, the use of the platform has skyrocketed.

And after the pandemic?

To understand the answer, we first need to understand why companies are turning to low-code during the pandemic. The ITProPortal article, explains how the pandemic revived the use of low-code development tools among software developers: ‘’Increasing pandemic spread has provoked the permanent changes to how the world works in which organizations have decided that they have no other choice but to rework their established practices and client services.

According to the article, low-code software solves those problems. It implies that low-code makes developers more efficient by reusing components. It yields, ’’In short, low code enables IT teams to use their time and skills more intelligently and efficiently, accelerating the delivery of new user experiences.”

Additionally, business experts and citizen developers can use low-code/no-code platforms to write apps themselves, letting IT focus on more complex applications and on improving infrastructure.

All this means that the use of low-code platforms will continue its stunning growth even after COVID. That’s why the RTInsights article, “Low Code Use Peaked During COVID, But Will it Stick?”

Even though this pandemic comes to an end, potential disruption of operations is always a possibility. Many companies realized that they were not ready to handle even small obstacles like this.

In terms of digital transformation, the article notes that it is as important as ever. Businesses still need to get applications built fast. They need to increase the IT staff productivity.

As a result, “as long as companies develop a governance system, leveraging the power of low-code solutions can provide the fastest amount of value and provide an integrated experience without the months-long coding sprint of past years. As businesses prepare for the future, these solutions have a big chance.”

In fact, the benefit of COVID here for new technologies is that it creates the need for a rapid digitization process. Companies and administrations have sought a way to go to digital as quickly as possible to avoid being harmed by the epidemic, and they have been able to provide this speed with low code solutions. According to articles, low-code software will continue to be used after COVID to avoid the risk of company downsizing again and for rapid digitization.

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In light of the research results, as BAYPM, we would love to help you with your Digital Transformation journey, give us a shout and we’ll be sure to assist you as best as we can. Currently, we are working on a project to digitize manual processes within different locations. The client opted for an incremental implementation approach based on geographical locations and the needs of their different factories.

Low-Code Platform: Why Is Everyone Opting for Low-Code Platforms?

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An article by Forbes back in 2012 cited Coding as a necessary skill of the future, as the tech industry start to progress from growth to maturity stage. The thought of having to “code” or “develop” apps seem like a daunting task to many, but have since been made much easier thanks to the growth of different user platforms, specifically low-code platforms.

What is low-coding? Our partner, OutSystems, defines low-code as a method to develop and design softwares with minimal hand-coding. This allows for a faster and more efficient way of app development and implementation. At BAYPM, we’ve partnered with OutSystems to develop and implement mobile and web applications for our clients, mainly due to these following reasons:

 

  1. It’s faster to develop and implement applications

Many of our clients may not have the digital capability or a big IT team to develop and manage applications from scratch. So, they need something that is user friendly, can be managed by people with basic knowledge of coding (i.e., HTML, CSS, etc). Focusing more on a visual design, with a drag and drop format, users can focus more on how they want the app to look like and its functions rather than worry about the nitty gritty of the back-end look. Think of how you would like to draw a picture, you need not worry about the tools (e.g., pen, paper, ink) but rather can go straight to the drawing board with all the colours and tools ready for you.

  1. Cost efficient

Not having to build a large IT team, means that users get to maintain a lean operations, with no high overhead cost having to contract a web and app developer and pay a fee for every small change. With easy access and usability, users can make small changes easily and at a much faster rate – which means less adhoc costs and time spent on web and app development!

  1. Promoting innovation and collaboration

Everyone has their own specialisation and capabilities, but what makes a low-code platform better to use for all is that it focuses more on the big picture. People can give their opinions and be able to see and make changes very quickly, making the decision making process much more seamless. This means? Less back-and-forth with developers and your mobile or web app goes live much faster!

What’s not to love about low-coding? Not much we think.

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The tips above are general guidelines based on BAYPM’s experience and observations with current and former clients. We would love to help you with your Digital Transformation journey, give us a shout and we’ll be sure to assist you as best as we can. Currently, we are working on a project to digitise manual processes within different locations. The client opted for an incremental implementation approach based on geographical locations, and the needs of their different factories.

 

Preparing for Digital Transformation: Implementing and Changing Processes to Suit the Digital World

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In middle to large organisations, we know that it takes time to change and implement new processes, especially when you are so used to the current systems in place. The manufacturing industry was first revolutionised with the introduction of the assembly line by Henry Ford, reducing production time and increasing efficiency. Gearing for the implementation of Industry 4.0, current insights have shown various trends potentially impacting the manufacturing industry – especially with the emerging internet of things (IoT) and big data in the last decade, data collection processes and analysis can be done quicker to provide actionable insights for manufacturers to act on. Not only that, advanced robotics and machine learning provides opportunities to increase efficiency whilst lowering operating expenses.

Knowing that changes are coming our way, the question really is: what can companies do to prepare for Digital Transformation?

  1. Assess your digital capability and potential to support further initiatives

Research done by the people from MIT Sloan School of Management suggests that companies should assess their digital advantage position by first identifying their digital maturity on the basis of digital intensity and transformation management intensity. What this really means is that companies need to be honest and ask themselves “Do I have the resources to support new digital initiatives? Will the management allow me to use more resources? Are they willing to take on these initiatives?”

  1. Learn from others – be aware of the competition and industry trends

If your company is a little more risk averse, you will still need to be on the lookout for what your peers or competitors are doing. This will mitigate risks of losing out to the competition too late, and ensure that you are able to plan things ahead. Not only that, by being aware of trends and what the competition is doing, you will also be able to learn from them – both the good and the bad!

  1. Decide on implementation approach

Another big consideration to make is – do you introduce new systems gradually across all locations (assuming you’re in multiple locations) or departments? Or is your implementation on a larger scale? Here are also some other considerations to think of:

  1. Do you build new applications and technologies?
  2. Can you use your existing infrastructure and legacy systems to create new applications?
  3. Will the new application work with your existing system?
  4. Do we need new applications, or can you just upgrade the existing system?

The tips above are general guidelines based on BAYPM’s experience and observations with current and former clients. We would love to help you with your Digital Transformation journey, give us a shout and we’ll be sure to assist you as best as we can. Currently, we are working on a project to digitise manual processes within different locations. The client opted for an incremental implementation approach based on geographical locations, and the needs of their different factories.

 

Why we develop our SaaS solutions on OutSystems

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My co-founder Luis and I have been developing tailored solutions for years. One of the topics we specialise in is Contract Management. We have developed 4 different tailored contract management solutions for 4 different company and industry in the U.S. These development and implementation processes taught us a lot about why a company needs contract management solution and how it can benefit from it.

One day, we were in Asentex office in San Diego and chatting about the benefits of contract management and how it would be if we create an SaaS solution for companies that can’t afford a tailored solution to benefit from. This was 3 years ago, before wet met OutSystems. We had been using some other RAD tools and developing custom coded solutions back then but, RADs had significant constraints and custom coding was not an option to develop such a comprehensive solution. This had stopped us from making the next step.

Meeting OutSystems was the turning point. After creating a few applications to evaluate the platform capabilities, we realised it was the tool we needed to create the app we dreamed of. Our developers adopted the platform in a short time and it provided us all the abilities and ease to create the first phase of the application while designing the future of the product with confidence. In October 2017, we released the first version of eContractHub including the mobile app.

OutSystems reduced our development costs and saved considerable development time to enter to market. It helps us to shape the future of the product by effectively managing changes. As a partner and a customer of OutSystems, we trust OutSystems’s vision and build our product strategy on top of it.

Please visit econtracthub.com and create a free account to see what we built using OutSystems. eContractHub is a product of BAYPM.

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How OutSystems improves customer relationship

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Each software development project starts with joy and excitement for both development team and client. As a service provider, the final deal is made and here you are for the kick off of the project. There are the project owners sitting on the other side of the table. They made their managers believe and got a budget approved to solve a problem, to make a difference. It’s always great to feel the energy of kick off meetings.

Let’s get it started. What should you do? Ask about their goals. Understand the pain points and desired outputs. What’s the value generated at the end. Dive into detail. Try to understand each aspect of the solution they imagine. “Users will fill this form, this value will be calculated, this user going to approve and he or she will be notified.” You listen and create the structure in your mind, think of missing details and try to bring missing details to light. Be a master of the job described as well as they are.

The analysis process described above is already a difficult task, but understanding the job is not enough. You also must be able to look from the developer glass. Can it be done? Yes, you’re sure. Do the developers think the same? So, what are the technical constraints?

If you are following classical development methods, you must be very careful about what you approve. Every word that the client says matters. It can’t get very far from the estimate provided before project kickoff. Are you going to build the solution or be lost in the details?

Before we’ve become an OutSystems partner as BAYPM, we have been developing custom coded projects and using other low-code ( we understood how this word was miss used until we met with OutSystems) platforms which had significant constraints. I remember the requirement gathering process those times. We used to sweat. Literally! “I want an excel alike experience when I’m entering these values. I want this button to scroll with me when I’m scrolling down. I want to be able to select the columns of the tables which I have on my dashboard. Etc..” Sounds simple but, increases coding hours significantly. If you are developing apps on OutSystems, you don’t get anxious. Surely, someone else faced with a similar request before and there must be a solution for it in application store (Forge) or support center.

Since we met with OutSystems, we are be able to say “ Yes, we can” with no fear. Development is already simple, only focus on challenges. Expand the application with custom coding if some else already hasn’t. With OutSystems you can make your client and your developer happy. Developers don’t need to hide from clients any more. They are in the process. They are proud of the solution they created in a shorter time comparing the classical development methods.

Solution delivered. “Can we also add these features?”

Yes, we can. No problem!

BAYPM attends OutSystem NextStep Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

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BAYPM attended OutSystem’s NexStep Conference as an official sponsor in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal. During two days, we learned the latest trends of from the Low-Code platform.
We also had the chance to present our newest SaaS application: eContractHub, a contract Management application.

BAYPM at Partner Reception before NextStep

Founder Arif Bay at the Partner Reception

OutSystems presents new mascot

Last OutSystems trends & innovations to accelerate development of digital experience

Presenting eContractHub, a Contract Management application developed on OutSystems

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Meet Leader Low-Code Mobile and Web App Development Platform OutSystems

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Wednesday 23rd August at 7 PM

BAYPM Ofis, Beylerbeyi İskele Caddesi, Arabacılar Sokak No:8/6, Beylerbeyi, Istanbul Map

We have been developing applications on OutSystems for more than two years and we are working on raising awareness in Turkey. Would you like to see how we speed up the development times by up to six times with the OutSystems Low-Code platform?

During this Meetup, we will demonstrate you how to quickly develop, deploy and orchestrate Web and Mobile applications effortlessly on the OutSystems platform.

JOIN AND RSVP


İki yılı aşkın bür süredir OutSystems üzerinde uygulama geliştiriyor ve Türkiye’de bilinirliğinin artması için çalışmalar yapıyoruz. OutSystems Low-Code platformu ile development sürelerinin 6 kata kadar nasıl hızlandırdığımızı görmek ister misiniz?

Gerçekleştireceğimiz Meetup ile OutSystems platformu üzerinde nasıl hızla Web ve Mobil uygulama geliştirebileceğinizi ve geliştirdiğiniz uygulamaları zahmetsizce nasıl yönetebilceğinizi uygulamalı olarak göstereceğiz.

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Low-code Platforms and the Convergence of Modern App Dev

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The market for low-code application development has skyrocketed in the last 18 months. Why? The business drivers are clear and include the increased pressure on IT teams to deliver faster solutions, the shortage of developer talent across the globe, and the increased need for business agility. At the same time, the benefits and success stories of low-code development are also making news: doubling developer productivity, driving down total cost of ownership, and even reducing technical debt for old legacy systems.

Throughout 2016, and so far in 2017, interest in low-code platforms as the next evolution in modern app development has been exploding around the world. Yet despite its proliferation, many IT professionals simply aren’t yet aware of this revolutionary technology. They don’t yet know that it’s a highly effective way to help IT teams that are otherwise underwater deliver new web features, mobile apps and even conversational bots to the business.

If low-code platforms are proliferating, then why hasn’t everyone heard of them? One reason may simply be a matter of terminology. There are lots of different ways to refer to this technology, including:

  • Rapid application development (RAD) is the traditional term for the technology. While it stems from the 3GL software languages, more recently it has morphed into the world of cloud and continuous delivery when coupled with DevOps.
  • Rapid mobile application development (RMAD) is a term that Gartner coined to describe some low-code vendors focused on mobile UI and light integrations.
  • High-productivity aPaaS (application platform as a service) is another term from Gartner that denotes that market demand in the PaaS (platform as a service) space is now geared toward rapid app delivery rather than IaaS (infrastructure as a service).
  • No-code platforms are typically geared for specific development scenarios. App UI development is accelerated with pre-built components and some configuration, but capabilities can be quite limited and a “no-code” experience is not always guaranteed.
  • Low-code platform is our preferred term. It was originally coined in the 2016 Forrester Low-Code Platforms Wave and today it’s the dominant term used in the industry.

So now that we’ve cleared that up, what exactly is the promise of a low-code platform and why so much hype?

What Is a Low-Code Platform?

Essentially, low-code app development platforms help developers by automating all of the stages of the classic software development lifecycle. In doing so, they maximize velocity when it comes to things like delivering new functionality for web, mobile apps, and even micro services or APIs. Low-code platforms are able to deliver this because they have several core features:

  • Full-stack visual development
  • A wide variety of application types (e.g., transactional, workflow, mobile, headless)
  • The ability to integrate all data formats, protocols, and channels
  • One-click automated deployment with continuous integration and delivery

While some of these features have been around for a while, until low-code platforms there has never been a holistic app development platform that brought them all together, allowing app developers to turn ideas into high-quality apps faster and easier than ever before.

In case you’re wondering, low-code is a great way to develop all kinds of apps. There are many progressive organizations using a low-code platform to turbocharge their IT team as they tackle a variety of digital transformation challenges. Here are just a few examples:

  • Americares built a mobile app in three weeks to deliver aid in hurricane disaster areas.
  • US Acute Care Solutions hospital and emergency services IT team rapidly develops applications including governance, compliance, and controls to pass health care-specific audits.
  • Healthcare system Jose de Mello-Saude deployed 20 patient portals in nine months along with real-time scheduling.
  • The Worcestershire County Council redesigned local service delivery, transforming the customer experience, making services more cost-effective and accomplishing more with fewer resources (ROI = 442 percent).

As you can see, with a low-code platform it’s possible to develop serious core systems either as a standalone system or on top of existing ERP / CRM systems. That helps explain why there is a revolution taking place across the entire app development tooling market, and why there are such high expectations for this technology. Last year, Forrester predicted that the market would reach a total size of $6 billion by 2018. Currently, there is an arms race among business process management (BPM) vendors, API vendors, and others to rush into this market. Now, it’s quite possible that by 2020 the market could scale up to $25 billion, taking into account the various subcategories.

For those least familiar with this space, we recommend checking out these resources:

  1. The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms, Q2 16
  2. Gartner Magic Quadrant for High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service 2017
  3. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms 2017

When evaluating what separates the leaders from the pack in these analyst research reports, you’ll discover that it essentially boils down to:

  • The maturity of the platforms and vendors in supporting full-stack visual development (i.e., they’re not just UI WYSIWYG).
  • Creating run-times optimized for performance.
  • Supporting a community of pre-built components that can easily be included in the dev process.
  • Having holistic automation between development and DevOps stages, including deployment automation that provides speed with quality.
  • Out-of-the-box features that address non-functional requirements for enterprises, such as security, scalability, reliability, traceability, governability, etc.
  • The vendors that score the highest across these factors tend to be the ones more highly rated by customers in their digital transformation journeys.

Having been rated a leader in the last four Magic Quadrants and Waves related to low-code, OutSystems is recognized as the leading vendor. We’ve been pursuing our vision for 10 years with profitable growth and are focused on creating value for our customers.

Why not start by experimenting with the free edition of OutSystems platform? It’s free forever!

Lopes, M. (2017, June 22). Low-Code Platforms and the Convergence of Mobile App Development. Retrieved from http://www.outsystems.com