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What is low-code?


Low-code means that applications and processes are developed on a graphical user interface. Ready-made code elements are provided, which are combined into a whole using drag & drop. This saves time and development resources. However, low-code also means adaptability: If necessary, the ready-made code elements can be adapted as required using manual code. In this way, low-code combines fast development with high quality and flexibility.


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Low-code: market of the future

Many companies around the world have recognized the signs of the times and are relying on low-code development for digitalization. Here are a few key figures:

applications

will be created worldwide by 2023 on a cloud basis - more than in the last 40 years together (IDC)

annual growth

is predicted for the low-code market in coming years (Forbes)

of applications

will be developed using low-code development solutions by 2024 (Gartner)
The future is digital. Whoever does not put their processes to the test will not be able to stay competitive long term. Effective business applications are the key to advancing digital transformation in companies. But classic development approaches are expensive and complex. This is where low-code comes into play: A clever approach that harmonizes speed and quality.

How does low-code development help me digitalize my business?

In the age of digital transformation, the corporate world is becoming increasingly fast-paced. If you want to stay competitive, you have to be agile and react quickly to changes. The demands of customers, employees and partners are increasing, so efficient digital solutions are needed.

With low-code development, you will find a smart solution to all these requirements. With low-code, you can create individual business applications in next to no time using drag & drop. These applications help you automate processes and work more efficiently. As a result, you can use a low-code platform to digitalize more and more areas of your business bit by bit. Each low-code application fits into a meaningful whole that increasingly becomes the hub of your daily work.

Would you like to find out more about how you can use low-code to drive digital transformation in your company? Then read on in this free whitepaper!

The 5 biggest advantages of software development with low-code

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1. Tailor-made applications
With low-code, you can create applications that perfectly fit your business. You can manually customize the drag-and-drop building blocks - creating a customized and high-quality result at high speed.
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2. Relieve your IT
There is a serious shortage of skilled workers in the IT and development sector. With low-code, you relieve your IT: Thanks to drag & drop, even employees without programming knowledge can "low-code".
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3. Higher ROI
Low-code development pays for itself. Automated processes save you time and money. The high speed at which applications are created ensures that your investment pays off quickly and you achieve a high ROI.
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4. Agility
The market is constantly changing. With low-code, change is no longer an obstacle but an opportunity: You can adapt all applications and processes in retrospect without much effort. This way, your solution gets better and better over time!
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5. Innovations from citizen developers
Low-code development means that every department can be involved in developing applications. This creates unimagined potential for innovation: solutions are actively co-designed by employees who use them later themselves.

Why is low-code a good alternative?

In addition to low-code, there are other development methods on the market. By comparing them, you can see: When developing with low-code, you have maximum flexibility. Of course, you also have this if you program everything yourself with "classic code" but there is one big disadvantage: It costs a lot of time and resources. Low-code therefore forms the bridge between the two worlds of no-code and classic code.

Classic code enables you to create even complex applications. In principle, all possible external logics and workflows can be integrated. Extensions and customizations as well as integrating them into a higher-level platform logic are also possible in principle. The problem is that all this costs a lot of time, resources and money. In view of the shortage of IT specialists, classic code is often simply not an option.

No-code is a fast alternative here: Applications can be created in a very short time using drag & drop. But you pay a high price for this: No-code platforms usually have a hard time integrating data from external software systems. The development level is significantly lower - the logic of no-code is very rigid. As a result, you are not flexible with no-code and often do not end up with the results you want.

Low Code on the other hand, combines the best of both worlds. It enables very fast application development via drag & drop, saving a lot of time and resources. Nevertheless, a significantly higher technical complexity can be implemented in comparison to no-code because the code elements can be programmed manually if required. And unlike no-code, low-code can connect to any external data source thanks to open API structures and manual adjustments. There are often also ready-made connectors for this purpose.
 

Classic code

Low-code

No-code

Type of applications
Custom and complex applications
Custom and complex applications
Simple applications
Graphical user interface – application development via drag & drop
No
Yes
Yes
Possible to create applications without code
No
Yes
Yes
External logics and workflows can easily be integrated into the platform
Yes
Yes
Unlikely
Applications are compatible with each other and slot into an efficient platform logic
Yes
Yes
Unlikely
Extensions / adjustments can be supplemented flexibly
Yes
Yes
Unlikely
Technical level
Very high
Medium
Low
Development time and time to market
Rather longer
Medium
Short

Current low-code development news

The low-code platform Intrexx

Intrexx is the no. 1 low-code platform "made in Germany". It enables you to create powerful, individual low-code applications in next to no time. With Intrexx, low-code can also be used to automate processes and increase efficiency by integrating data. In this way, the digital transformation is advanced step by step with low-code development. You can learn more about low-code development with Intrexx on the following page.
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Low-code FAQ

Basically, anyone can become a "low-coder" - with or without an IT background. The basics of creating applications via drag & drop can be learned quickly. This means that departments can also be involved in the development process and contribute their expertise. The result: Customized applications that exactly fit the needs of their users. If the details are complex, manual coding can sometimes be used to make the result even better and more tailor-made. With low-code, this is not a problem: In this case, your IT staff or the consulting team of the low-code platform you trust can do the fine-tuning through "classic coding".
Low-code is simple. That's why even people without an IT background can create applications with low-code. So after a short training period, anyone can become a "citizen developer". Employees from specific departments often have a completely different view of things than traditional programmers - and can therefore provide valuable input for the development. With a low-code platform, they can lend a hand themselves and contribute their knowledge directly to the creation of applications. This makes citizen developers a great asset for any company.
To create programs with low-code, you don't necessarily have to know how to code. You can create applications on a graphical user interface by dragging and dropping. You can easily search and find the building blocks for this in the Portal Manager of your low-code platform, just like in a toolbox. Buttons, edit fields and other areas can be configured intuitively with the mouse to suit your needs. You can also define the processes that run in the background with low-code software simply by dragging and dropping. In this way, digital workflows are created in no time at all that are easy to understand and quickly save you time and work. If you want to manually adjust a building block of your software, this is no problem: low-code makes it possible to make adjustments everywhere using classic code. Learn more about developing applications with low-code here: www.intrexx.com/en/intrexx-apps
Visual development (VD) means creating applications on a graphical user interface. With its ease of use, low-code is a form of visual development. However, no-code software also has a visual interface and falls under the term VD. Unlike no-code, however, low-code offers significantly more flexibility. Thanks to the manual adaptability of the building blocks through classic code, low-code guarantees high-quality and a precisely fitting result.
Yes, you can! Low-code platforms often offer connectors to many common systems, such as SAP, Microsoft or M-Files. Thanks to open API structures, however, you can in principle connect any external data source to your low-code platform - even without a connector. You can learn more about this here: www.intrexx.com/en/data-integration
With a low-code platform, you have the ideal tool for automating processes anywhere in your company. Whether for administration, communication with external parties, or production, low-code enables you to model processes as digital workflows. Standard processes can be completely automated in this way. In this way, you increase your efficiency with low-code development and save time and money. Read more: www.intrexx.com/en/process-automation
Low-code development is an incredibly transparent form of software development. Different departments can collaborate easily and productively with low-code. In addition, with a low-code platform you can create initial prototypes with little effort. This means you have the first presentable results at an early stage. This fits in perfectly with the agile way of working. And even once an application is "live", it can always be expanded and optimized afterwards without much effort.
The concept of Rapid Application Development dates back to the 1980s. It generally describes a more flexible, agile form of software development. Low-code development has emerged from this philosophy: With its ability to create programs graphically, low-code significantly reduces application development time. As a result, a low-code platform can be used to develop much more agilely and flexibly than classic coding.
At the heart of every low-code platform are graphical elements that can be used to develop applications by dragging and dropping. In this way, input forms, buttons and menu fields can be created digitally without the need for programming. Important functions also include process automation with digital workflows and data integration through connectors or APIs.
With low-code, you save time during application development. First low-code applications are ready for use after just a few weeks. And once the product is "live", you can still make adjustments and changes at any time. In this way, your time-to-market is significantly shortened without having to make any compromises in terms of quality and flexibility.

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