The popularity of low-code development platforms is growing year to year. Many corporations recognize these types of platforms as a perfect fit for the needs of their business. The cost of application development is significantly reduced while the process of software creation is accelerated many times over.
Gartner interviewed the top managers of companies that use low-code platforms (LCAP) and found that 95% of them are ‘highly satisfied’ with the services of low-code platforms and the possibilities they bring.
In our last article, “How to choose the right low-code software vendor for your business” we described the ways to choose the right low-code platform for your business. Today, we want to go beyond vendors and have a deeper dive into the capabilities of low-code application platforms.
In its report, “Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms”, Gartner reviewed the 19 best low-code application development platforms and named nine critical capabilities, which should correspond to the best low-code vendors. We have compiled all of the most popular features and explained which standards low-code platforms should comply with.
Let’s start by figuring out what critical capabilities are.
Critical capabilities are distinctive features of products or services, their specific qualities and performance standards.
The Gartner Сritical Сapabilities report 2019 defines critical capabilities as a set of low-code development platformsfunctionality and the criterion for deciding whether to buy their license.
One of the main critical capabilities for the low-code application development platform is the ability to develop without code. Almost all low-code platforms contain the necessary functionality for both professional and citizen developers. Some platforms even go further: they provide the necessary low-code functions for web studios.
Main features that support the best low-code platforms:
Advanced low-code platforms support integration with local and cloud services via API and data sharing. This is one of the basic requirements for low-code platforms.
Today, call-in and call-out API access is a mandatory requirement for a corporate low-code platform. It is also important that the platform ensures that integration management and control.
Low-code platforms are constantly developing integration capabilities and pay particular attention to simplifying this process.
Another one of the most important critical capabilities of low-code platforms is the creation of attractive and convenient mobile and web interfaces.
Some low-code platforms provide the basic capabilities for creating UI, while others allow you to create first-class interfaces.
Advanced low-code platforms add additional features to improve user interfaces:
The best low-code platforms support the business logic of tasks and diverse processes within applications. For this, low-code development platforms provide such functionality as:
Low-code platforms are unique because they automate business processes by supporting back-end data, business logic, and business processes. Many use cases of low-code platforms also include access to corporate databases and the ability to update them.
To support internal data, low-code development platforms provide:
Advanced low-code platforms are distinguished by the fact that they support mixed low-code apps and work with various software development lifecycle management tools.
Low-code providers must constantly take care of their platforms. They should update them, introduce new necessary functionality, software components and templates.
To meet SDLC support requirements, companies provide:
An integral attribute of every leading low-code platform is its advanced architecture support. Low-code platforms allow users to perform simple workflows while working on apps. This is a program assembly, data extraction, and adherence to business logic.
However, some business areas have much higher requirements and need to handle event flows, build IoT connectivity, connect cloud architectures, provide complex API interactions, and use machine learning.
Today, the best low-code platforms are starting to provide such advanced solutions to help users access even more functionality.
All the best low-code platforms provide scalability of systems, as well as the delivery of cloud infrastructure.
To meet high development standards, low-code vendors support:
The last, but not least, critical capability for enterprise low-code platforms is support for governance processes, data access, data security, and regulatory compliance.
To comply with these standards, low-code platforms must provide:
The Critical Capabilities report by Gartner is just one of the instruments that can help you decide on the right low-code vendor. Don’t stop there, learn more about the vendor you’re going to collaborate with. And be sure to “try on” the functionality of the low-code platform for your business needs.
This article contains the basics of the functionality of low-code platforms, the cornerstone of their productivity. For more details, we highly recommend that you study the original Gartner report in-depth “Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms”.
In the next article, we will talk about application development using the low-code system. Stay tuned!
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