ith the pandemic forcing organizations to fast-track their digital transformation initiatives and develop and deploy new digital engagement methods, there has been an evolution of Rapid Application Development tools (“RAD”) that has enabled companies to deliver new applications faster. Low-code/no-code platforms were really the first tools to be utilized for RAD initiatives.
“Gartner Forecasts Worldwide Low-Code Development Technologies Market to Grow 23% in 2021.”
Businesses looking for a low-code platform first need to understand and define what benefits or value they are trying to gain. For example, they may want to enable non-technical resources to rapidly develop and deploy apps for non-critical simple business processes or workflows.
Low-code tools have matured over the past few years but still have some limitations in their ability to develop, deliver and maintain complex enterprise business applications. It is important for businesses to really evaluate and select a platform that both aligns with their strategic application delivery drivers and mitigates risks. Organizations should beware of picking a tool that only meets some of their overall application delivery needs without providing the security and ease of maintainability offered by enterprise-grade mobile application development platforms.
One of the biggest challenges of many low-code platforms in the market today is the ability to develop and deliver true native mobile features and functionality, including critical native UI components like maps, sliders, progress circles, progress bars, tab containers, and barcode scanners; key native device capabilities such as cameras, geolocation, Touch ID, Bluetooth, pull to refresh, and infinite swipe to go back; and of course offline-first features such as improved synchronization handling, and conflict resolution.
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