The emergence of low code/no code technology solutions is disrupting the business landscape. Endowing the ability to build own solutions saves time, reduces load of IT coders and enhances productivity, while creating a new breed of Citizen Developers – nontechnical people who are able to build simple solutions independently.
The definition of a developer has thus transcended from being someone proficient in coding to someone who can build a digital solution.
As businesses continue to evolve and expand, developing new technology solutions to cater to dynamic needs has become increasingly urgent. IT teams are constantly called upon to use their coding skills to create these solutions. However, the resources, time, and skill availability, far outweighs the demand.
In 2020, the Global Low Code Development Market reached a market value of USD 16.98 B. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 25.26% from 2021 to attain USD 64.56 B levels by 2026, according to Expert Market Research.
The steep rise has been majorly influenced by digital disruptions and an increase in remote development during the COVID pandemic.
In 2021, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for enterprise low-code application development platforms placed Microsoft Power Apps as a leader in the market. The report stated that Microsoft Power Apps’ wide range of features enabled citizen developers to rapidly design applications that solve business challenges.
Composable technology is set to define future enterprise architecture. Comprising packaged business capabilities (PBC), these help to build customized solutions rapidly. Low-code platforms act as a composable resource by offering application development capabilities through a graphical interface. By enabling even users with little or no coding or technical skills to develop application, low code platforms help businesses add value by leveraging existing skills and contextual knowledge.
Low-code application development helps drive application delivery. For instance, Microsoft Power Platform offers low-code development capabilities in its constituent solutions empowering citizen developers to build simple solutions and contribute to the application development lifecycle.
Adoption rates of applications like Power BI, that support low code is rising steadily. Among the many benefits that low code/no code apps offer are:
Low-cost scalable application development platform equips businesses in sustenance and future growth and accelerate their digital transformation. The Microsoft Power Platform addresses the challenges businesses face by including extensive no-code technology capabilities that enable a citizen developer to develop custom applications.
With Microsoft Power Apps, even novice users can build and deploy apps across a range of business requirements such as workflows, customer-facing apps, automation, and integrating with other Microsoft products. The platform is built for agility in App development and offers extensive features that help in low-code application development, which are outlined below.
A recent study by Forrester research, commissioned by Microsoft to evaluate the economic impact of using the Power Platform and Azure, provided interesting insights. The results of the study using a composite organization test model revealed:
The efficiency benefits, the value derived by the business and the savings in cost make the low-code development model in Power Apps a valuable solution for businesses. Additionally, the ease of integration with other Microsoft apps which enhances enterprise ability to extend their current BI capabilities brings in transformative results. The current market situations call for increased usage of low-code application development models to develop capabilities that will help them overcome business and technology challenges and provide the right impetus to growth.