Microsoft has announced its decision to give it a try.
Imagine giving your business users the opportunity to develop applications that add real value in a matter of days.
In the midst of the epidemic, demand for apps has skyrocketed, with users downloading more than 230 billion apps in 2021 alone. However, for many businesses, it may be difficult to find development resources to build all the applications they need. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, software development is today one of the four most in-demand professions, and this year there will be a shortage of nearly 200,000 developers.
Low-code development allows corporations to bridge the app divide. Using low-code, citizen developers (users with no coding experience) can quickly create custom software to resolve business problems across your organization, e.g., automating data entry to Excel spreadsheets, allowing IT to concentrate on more strategic projects. At the same time, low code makes it simple for professional developers to automate IT operations, generating new levels of speed and efficiency.
Consider the following ways you can use low-code tools to drive your business:
1.Encourage citizen developers to develop advanced applications that meet their own specific requirements.
Nobody understands the difficulties and opportunities that may arise when working in those lines of business in your company. Citizens are also able to automate the process and develop the exact solutions their team requires, thus, much faster than it would be if IT was involved.
Toyota has developed hundreds of applications, from scanning QR codes to analysing dealership sales performance. One citizen developer even included big buttons in a new app for use on a manufacturing floor where workers often wear heavy gloves, making the app much simpler to use than if it was developed by someone without on-the-ground knowledge.
2.Increase your business value by empowering IT to better manage all of your organizations'' technological capabilities.
Shadow IT and app proliferation are among the most serious issues facing IT departments, posing risks to data and system security and opening the door to compliance issues. Using the appropriate low-code platform, citizen developers can create custom applications with data security and compliance incorporated in, and IT can monitor and manage all apps in the organization, thereby simplifying governance.
Microsoft Power Platform has a dedicated admin center that allows IT to gain full visibility of all apps, as well as the ability to switch apps on and off and control the connection of other systems and data. At the same time, low-code applications like Microsoft Power Automate enable IT to automate repetitive tasks like data entry or invoice management, thus allowing your IT team to concentrate more on larger, longer-term projects. The results can include improved collaboration with the rest of the business and a more central and strategic role for IT.
By connecting all your systems and data, you can accelerated value creation.
Companies can connect all the technology across their organization, with low-code apps laying the foundation for it all. Dataverse can then expand third-party applications and custom-create brand-new apps. For example, dataverse users can utilize more than 600 pre-built connectors (for applications from Microsoft Forms to Adobe Creative Cloud to Zendesk) to create workflows and automate workflows across applications and services.
4.Reduce development expenses, prevent technology lock-ins, and increase operational flexibility.
How many of your businesses applications are adding inadequate business value today? Even with expensive legacy technologies, there may be a lot of pressure to make do with features and functionality that are too costly to build, and it''s a simple choice to stop using them when they''re no longer useful. For example, organizations may even justify developing apps that will have limited lifespans, or to manage one-off events, or to ensure accounting compliance under temporary tax situations.
Whether you''re struggling to bridge the app gap, or you''re looking to digitize and modernize businesses, the value of low-code development has never been clearer. Thats why low-code development is expanding across the industry. By 2025, 70% of new applications will be used with low-code and no-code technologies, up from 25% in 2020.
It''s also why the number of users benefiting from Microsoft''s low-code development platform has doubled in less than two years, bringing a total of 20 million people to the market. Companies of all ages are discovering that, with the correct low-code platform, they may both increase their value and enable business owners to create new value.
Learn more about how low code can and will benefit your organization.
Charles Lamanna is the corporate vice president of Microsoft Business Applications and Platform.