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Organisations have accelerated their digital transformation efforts in order to adapt to challenges stemming from COVID-19, increased competition and growing expectations from customers who demand high quality products and services. Now, more than ever, companies need to innovate quickly, and it’s promising to see that this is exactly what they’re doing.

The Business Transformation Index 2021 report states that 80% of companies plan to increase investment in digital transformation while 35% plan to hire more people with IT skills. However, the report also states that one third of companies say the IT/Digital skills shortage is widening.

Could low code be a possible solution?

With low code software development, new apps can be launched ten times faster than traditional full-stack development, with less than half the process steps needed. Employees can be trained to master low code quickly – becoming so-called citizen developers – meaning that business analysts and sales professionals can bring their user knowledge to the app. For businesses looking to replace legacy systems, low code offers a marked reduction in costs and a rapid return on investment. But not everyone gets it right. Let’s start from the beginning.

What is low code?

By definition, low code is a visual approach to software development – a graphical user interface, where users can drag and drop elements on to the screen to create an application, rather than the traditional hand-coded computer programming.

The low code approach requires little to no coding experience in order to build applications and processes. Intuitive tools enable users without prior knowledge of coding or software development to create applications such as mobile apps or websites. There is a catch though. Speed is no guarantee of quality. Low code implementation needs expertise in agility, extensibility and operations. It therefore pays to seek advice from a trusted technology partner, such as Expleo, who can advise on the right low code platform to meet client needs.

Watch Expleo’s Global Head of Software Development, Graeme Clarke, discuss the pitfalls of low code at the CIO Summit

Getting it right

Security, UX, performance, quality and testing need a sure touch. Effective testing at pace can help improve overall agility and AI enabled test automation delivers the required speed. Combining the right tool with the right testing approach will ensure success. Expleo makes low code work for our clients.

Expleo understands the governance, software development and quality required to make low code work for our clients. We offer end-to-end low code and full stack development services, delivered with existing partners such as Outsystems, Neutrinos, Unqork and Micro Focus. These tools and platforms are quick to get started and intuitive to use.

Certain platforms and tools are better suited to certain industries, such as banking, retail, insurance etc. We can advise on the right low code platform to meet client needs, which will reduce onboarding time. Also, when it comes to ISO standards, that’s where Expleo makes all the difference. We have the seasoned experience in conventional software development which can be utilised in low code projects to the highest standards.

Expleo understands how challenging and competitive the global business environment has become. Technology is moving faster than ever, and digital disrupters continue to shape and reshape the landscape. This leads to a growing expectation from customers, who – quite rightly – demand high quality products and services in an agile timescale.

A client snapshot – download the case study

Low code in action – Match speed with quality. Download the case study to see how Expleo helped clients target pain points and gain the maximum value from low code software development.