In today's economy, companies are constantly trying to do more with less. Core business processes that were typically "endured and ignored" are now gaining visibility as efficiency morphs into a key competitive advantage. When processes run more smoothly, it frees up time for employees to focus on other aspects of the business, creating a chain reaction of sorts where everything is made more effective.
Businesses have traditionally relied on outsourced custom app development to handle the task of streamlining processes, but it can take months or longer to complete and cost thousands of dollars. However, today's BYOD-inspired workforce is increasingly more comfortable with technical tasks, despite a lack of formal training. Therefore, the business world has seen the emergence of a "low-code revolution," with numerous tools that now significantly cut the cost and deployment time of apps, allowing for quicker delivery of solutions. As low-code development has given way to rapid application delivery, the focus has shifted to the time in which an app can not only be created, but deployed and put to use.
This "low-code / no-code" revolution has also bolstered the concept of continuous delivery - in other words, producing valuable and reliable software that can be released and rejiggered at any point. What this means is that whenever aspects of the original business problem evolve in any way, the app needs to be updated to adhere to those changes. As was the case with initial app development, this updating process used to be time-consuming and costly. Now, businesses can quickly tinker with and modify these low-code / no-code apps, keeping them as effective and efficient as required.
In this slideshow, QuickBase's Karen Devine outlines six of the biggest changes brought about by the emergence of low-code app development platforms.
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