With the increased demand for applications and modernization this year, low-code platforms are becoming mainstream, and there are critical trends of today’s software landscape that will take low-code development to the next level.

With the increased demand for applications and modernization this year, low-code platforms are becoming mainstream, and there are critical trends of today’s software landscape that will take low-code development to the next level says Mayur Shah, the senior Director Product Management & Marketing of WaveMaker.
Over the past decade, enterprise application development has turned a corner. Gone are the days when IT teams clambered their way across clunky processes and bureaucracies. The combination of disruptive technologies and industry-wide best practices has fundamentally changed the way modern app delivery is accomplished. In addition to this, we are now seeing a notable surge in demand for applications, pushing development teams everywhere to come up with faster, better ways of delivery without compromising on the performance or quality of applications.
Low code app development is doing its part in making this happen. Low code is a visual development approach to automating software development with pre-baked, ready-made components/integrations that significantly speed up applications coming to life.
With the increasing demand for new applications, modernization, and new platform development – and not as many software developers to go around, low-code development has found itself garnering interest from dev teams of all sizes across the world. Gartner predicts that low code application development platforms will be responsible for more than 65 percent of all app dev activity by 2024, while Forrester expects the low code market to represent $21B in spending by 2022.
As low code platforms get into mainstream app development, what are the critical trends of today’s software landscape that will take them to the next level? Let’s deep-dive.
Cloud started as an infrastructure scaling ground with economics that worked for any size of business (small to exceptionally large). As infrastructure matured, application services became the next logical innovation. Today, all the major cloud providers (AWS, Azure, and GCP) have hundreds of application services abstracted and fine-tuned for developers to build sophisticated applications. With cloud being ubiquitous, these services have become the ‘go-to’ option for applications to benefit from. Low code platforms can extend these technologies to provide multiple layers of abstraction and usability.
This can include:
examples include Salesforce Leads List View Component or Box Documented Viewer
User Experience has evolved to become one of the most important (if not the most) drivers for the success and acceptance of modern applications. User experience has gone from being single-channel to multi-channel, enterprise-driven to consumer-driven, generalized to personalized; functional to persona-driven, and from being request-response to reactive-based. All of this with an expectation of it being pixel-perfect out-of-the-box. Low code platforms already provide great-looking user experiences out-of-the-box with readymade templates, widgets, layouts, and styles. At the next level, they need to focus on providing highly differentiated user experiences that cater to customization requirements from the end-user. This can be accomplished by offering template-driven experiences, configuration-based dynamic rendering, device-based styling on top of existing components, etc.
We are all living in an API Economy ever since the API explosion. According to ProgrammableWeb, there are 24,000 Public APIs and counting, even when we don’t take into account the millions of private endpoints enterprises have deployed. APIs have become so central to app development that it is inconceivable to think of an application without leveraging some sort of API. Low code platforms must embrace API- based app development and abstract complexities of API payloads, API security, and API integration, on top of which widgets and components can be built very easily. The future is all about newer Open API Standards (OpenAPI, Swagger), that provide a business logic layer with API Orchestration, and support query API mechanisms like GraphQL.
Data is the new currency for business today. The ability to fetch, extract, virtualize, mash, visualize and then analyze data in real-time is becoming crucial for businesses to succeed and win against the competition. Low code platforms have traditionally provided a way to easily assimilate data from various data sources, create logical data models and then provide APIs to easily manage, bind and integrate it with visual mechanisms without dealing with complexities. Now they should consider providing enhanced and templatized visualizations of data, service virtualization of data, the composition of data using APIs, and the ability to build differentiated user experiences of data sets for varying customer needs.
With each passing decade, software delivery has been dramatically reducing app release times and greater readiness for production deployment. With the emergence of containers and microservices, DevSecOps today is all about multi-cloud deployment strategy, weekly releases, left-shifting security into the app lifecycle, and having a production-ready product that can be deployed anytime. Low code platforms that easily enable DevSecOps within the organization will be sought after by organizations looking to optimize efficiency.
In short, if you are in the market for a low code platform, you will find players of all shapes and sizes. They not only differ in functional capabilities but also in terms of the use cases and personas they enable. If you are a modern professional application development team looking to embrace low code development while not compromising on your custom best practices and IP, consider open standards-based low code platforms that can help you build for the future.
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