Kickstarting a high-performance, low-code culture of innovation
Businesses need to respond quickly and turn around fast. Take biotech companies, for instance. As vaccine makers sped up the development and trials of pharmaceuticals during the pandemic, apps needed to be quickly built to help onboard the surge in new staff, or to smartly manage medical resource distribution, or even for public sector organizations to process public assistance requests in an efficient manner.
In much the same vein, companies are continuously iterating new software to get a handle on emerging issues and might be cost prohibitive (read: expensive) to purchase outright as a third-party application. Even if it fits in the IT budget, the cost in man hours and effort to integrate smoothly with existing systems might take too long to be worthwhile.
The problems are exacerbated by companies facing unique scenarios, necessitating in-house development to deal with their bespoke use cases. Often today, apps and software need to be brought to market as quickly as possible to accelerate development tasks, maximize their impact, and eliminate wasteful practices.
To effectively deal with these pain points, low-code platforms have become vital to organizational development strategies as they deal with shifts in their business model, granting them access to integrate data from various sources, while slashing development times from months or weeks to days. Forrester research indicates that even pre-pandemic, organizations that embraced low-code development were able to pivot faster, and half of the developers surveyed said they had already adopted, or planned to adopt, a low-code platform as part of their existing workflow.
For the uninitiated, low-code platforms enable developers with little experience or are specialized in a particular branch of programming, to rapidly build software applications at scale and at speed, lowering the specialization barrier and speeding up the process of getting an application to production.
The adoption of a low-code platform as an integral tool in the rapid application development toolbox has been so pervasive that Gartner reports that low-code will be responsible for over 65% of application development activity by 2024. A low-code platform supplies a family of tools to build visual applications, with a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface usually rounding out the offering.
Rather than encoding thousands of lines of complex syntax, low-code platforms empower complete software builds with minimal hand-coding in line with the company’s requirements, allowing for delivery “as much as 10 times faster than traditional methods,” according to Forrester analyst John Rymer.
Low-code is gaining ground as the preferred enterprise app development method. In fact, Gartner forecasts that 70% of new enterprise applications will be developed using low-code or no-code technologies by 2025.Public and private sectors are putting in place data governance that will see low-code solutions positioned as key to the sustainability and security of application ecosystems.
To build fully functioning apps with graphical user interfaces (GUIs) at scale using low-code platforms is so easy that there are in excess of 300 vendors and platforms offering low-code variations. But for organizations prioritizing speed and agility, no single service is ahead of OutSystems, recognized as the Customers’ Choice in the latest Gartner Peer Insights 2022 for the third time.
Surveyed IT decision makers are even hailing OutSystems as “a must have technology in your toolkit”, thanks to the high-performance low-code platform used to develop custom, large-scale apps that utilize powerful cloud-based technology.
OutSystems was founded in 2001, marking it not only as the pioneer in the low-code space that will dominate enterprise app development with more than two-thirds of the market over the next decade, but is recognized as the #1 Low-Code Platform® – backed by ten years of peer-reviewed performance tests and vendor success journeys.
With decades of experience, the modern OutSystems low-code platform is geared for continuous innovation, ensuring apps integrate with core systems while retaining the ability to evolve as new technological breakthroughs become available – regardless if the organization is a large enterprise or a small-to-medium sized business, OutSystems powers graphical app builds, packing robust user interface (UI) features so developers can create any application they visualize.
OutSystems is the low-code platform of choice for productivity-focused leaders looking to address unique business needs beyond what pre-packaged off-the-shelf software can provide. Developers looking to deliver purpose-built apps with efficient accelerated deployment, should sign up with OutSystems today.