In the past, everyone had to write lines of code to create an app. But that was before. The low-code/no-code movement is here and it's moving fast. A market study by Forrester expects the market for low-code development platforms to increase to $21.2 billion by 2022, up from $3.8 billion in 2017. And Gartner states low-code application platforms will be responsible for more than 65% of all app dev activity by 2024.
So - ready to join the low-code/no-code movement? 🥊
A growing need for applications
The digital transformation is a reality for companies that want to maintain their competitive advantage. In this fast-moving world there is a growing demand from all departments to develop innovative interfaces for mobile devices and tablets. Plus, companies want to assert their innovative character by using the latest trendy technologies such as artificial intelligence or machine learning. 🚀
Look at any IT department in any large company. Teams are totally submerged by requests and processes. 📚 Most of their time is devoted to keeping current systems working; for new projects, developers focus on large, highly scalable apps that require specific coding and will show direct business impact.
Traditional computer programming takes too long and requires a special set of skills. The vast majority of companies lack the resources to meet customer demands, with frustration emerging from employees and organizations. What if they were able to develop customized applications to suit their needs and relieve the pressure being put on their colleagues in IT?
The emerging new generation of low-code/no-code solutions is the ideal opportunity for employees to develop their own applications in a secure environment and to ensure agile, trustworthy deployment.
How it works
Forrester argues that low-code platforms are "products and/or cloud services for application development that employ visual, declarative techniques instead of programming."
This is called an integrated visual development environment. In this environment, non-programmers can create an application by dragging and dropping or other intuitive methods like this one. They can add their own media, use cool components, connect them together and deploy an application (web or native) without encountering any line of code.
The difference between low-code and no-code
This term low-code/no-code can be confusing because the word "code" alone implies development skills. This clearly reflects a paradigm: how to move from a technology-driven world in which developers hold the keys to an open world in which everyone at their level can contribute to innovation. It would be great to find a new term to describe the lack of coding. 🙂
Even if they are often associated, there are some differences between low-code and no-code software. They do not address the same users and have very different requirements in terms of technical skills. No-code tools are intended for project managers and designers to solve their challenges with an app, while low-code tools are intended for programmers who want to gain speed and productivity even if they still have to write certain lines of code.
Why IT teams fear low-code/no-code
It is quite legitimate to have concerns when it comes to changing processes within an organization. 😱Many of these concerns are related to the security of applications built too quickly and the possible lack of mastery over those issues.
However, low-code applications are spearheading some great security innovations. The latest generation of low-code/no-code solutions is based on a cloud infrastructure to facilitate creation and deployment. Cloud computing technologies incorporate the latest security standards, which helps to prevent breaches and errors that could have occurred during traditional development. 🔐
A common idea is that applications generated from low-code/no-code solutions can only be extremely simple. But most of these applications can be distributed throughout the company or to several departments. Developers can also use these tools to integrate custom code extensions and new features such as connections to external services (API, database).
Some developers believe that these new tools are a direct threat to their work. At PandaSuite, we do not believe that low-code/no-code will replace traditional coding. On the contrary, these tools will free developers and help them to work better by focusing on high value-added tasks.
The advantages of low-code/no-code
Far from being a threat, low-code/no-code platforms tackle today's biggest business challenge: agility.
Simplified development process
Low-code and code-free tools reduce the complexity and stages of the development process. Drag-and-drop functionality allows you to quickly create interfaces using pre-designed features and resources for cross-platform deployment (mobile, tablet, desktop). No need to code in different languages (iOS, Android, HTML5), everything is automatically translated. And no need to update your application with the latest operating system updates, the platform does it for you.
Tailor-made development requires a significant investment in terms of internal resources or outsourcing costs. A low-code/no-code solution reduces the need for additional developers, which reduces hiring and service provider costs.
Removal of shadow IT
These tools provide a secure and manageable solution for monitoring IT activity, especially when hosted on their own secure platforms. They provide more computer connections to increase software delivery capacity.
Reduction of the IT backlog
With low-code, developers remove the simplest tasks from their order book. They focus on what matters most, increasing their daily productivity.
Beyond the tools, the low-code/no-code approach profoundly changes the way people work within an organization. Team spirit and taking initiative are encouraged and rewarded - which stimulates team motivation. It is the emergence of the "citizen developer".
The use of a low code, no code platform allows you to experiment quickly with the latest technologies. Artificial intelligence and image recognition are only a new component to be integrated for these platforms into an already well-established technical base.
The PandaSuite difference
In the joyful world of low-code/no-code, there’s us: PandaSuite. Since 2010, our ambition has been to facilitate access to technology for all those who want to bring out new forms of interaction.
The history of PandaSuite started with the appearance of the iPad. When this new touch tablet came onto the market, we dreamed of new interactive applications & immersive experiences in the fields of education, culture, publishing... It was necessarily the beginning of a revolution, new modes of narrative that would emerge everywhere 🤩
And then we were disappointed. As users, we used iPad applications that were only a pale copy of a paper experience. The only ones that stood out from the crowd had required huge investments. We investigated, and we discovered heavy production methods, incredible time, huge teams... The main obstacle was the need to possess advanced technical skills!
So we said goodbye to our original photo album project; all our efforts were focused on creating an interactive multi-media creation tool for everyone that would offer an infinite number of possibilities! Yes, just that simple 👨
🎉 Available for everyone
PandaSuite provides a visual interface (the studio) to add features (components) to your content and deploy it in each application format. Graphic designers and project managers can thus create ingenious applications without any coding.
PandaSuite is simple enough for anyone to use, while providing developers with the flexibility to create secure, complex and professional-quality applications.
We are convinced that the best interfaces are the result of a unique user experience. Unlike a templating tool that restricts your choices, PandaSuite offers you the flexibility to insert, nest & synchronize 30+ native components (visuals and sensors) as you like, all to realize your wildest ideas!
A wide variety of apps are created every day: sales support, integration of new employees, event apps, HR comms platform, e-learning...
Truly native, PandaSuite allows you to deliver applications compiled in the language of each platform (iOS, Android, HTML5). With constant technological monitoring, we regularly enrich the platform with the most relevant functionalities to meet your needs (the latest one was image recognition!)
We provide our users with a mobile & tablet visualization application to experience their apps in real time and real conditions of use.
🔒 Agile & secure
Every day, we talk with the IT teams of large companies (Société Générale, Engie...) to find synergies in work processes and meet all their security requirements. If necessary, we also offer on-premise hosting to install the PandaSuite platform directly on the company's servers.
💁♂️ By your side
Beyond a tool, the low-code/no-code movement is a profound cultural change. It means handing over application development and interface creation to people who were not previously in charge of it.
From the beginning, PandaSuite has been committed to providing you with resources and personalized support in your projects. You can find more than 150 tutorials (articles & videos) available for free and contact the team directly to answer your questions. Workshops are held regularly to discuss these topics face-to-face.
Today, PandaSuite supports more than 15,000 users worldwide in building their own applications either without code or with very little of it. Join the low-code/no-code movement 🙂