Quick Study: Low Code/No Code for the Business Side

Signals are indicating that low-code/no-code technologies are gaining more traction -- not just with business developers, but even more so with pro developers.

James M. Connolly, Contributing Editor and Writer

May 24, 2022

5 Min Read
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It may have sounded too good to be true when low-code and no-code technologies started to appear a few years ago. After all, they were promised as an elixir that would shift application development responsibilities from the professional programmer to end users in departments such as marketing, inventory, payroll, and finance.

Did those tools eliminate the need for professional developers? Not at all, consider how many developer job postings are still out there. Did they empower end users -- so-called citizen developers -- to build complex business-critical applications? Not really. Think more in real terms of business users modifying forms and workflows as business needs change or generating their own queries for analytics applications. The biggest benefit from low-code and no-code? It seems to be how the tools make professional developers more efficient.

Those are some of the signals coming from organizations that have embraced those minimal coding technologies. Learn more by reading through the user case studies and analysis articles posted by InformationWeek.com over the past year.

Low Code and No Code Benefits and Risks

Low Code: Satisfying Meal or Junk Food?

Low-code platforms come packed with promise, but how do they perform in the real world? Let’s take a look.

4 Common Reasons Low-Code Projects Fail

Far too many organizations today expect magic from low-code tools and their initiatives fail. Where do they go wrong? It often boils down to people and planning issues.

No-Code, Low-Code Machine Learning Platforms Still Require People

Even in a simple development environment, machines and algorithms are still powered by human intelligence. No-code, low-code (horizontal) machine learning platforms are useful at scaling data science in an enterprise. Still, as many organizations are now finding out, there are so many ways that data science can go wrong in solving new problems.

Can AI Lead the Way in Low Code/No Code App Development?

Deeper pushes to modernize and deploy fast shows how automation is increasingly part of software deployment. In the span of a few years, low-code and no-code platforms, which reduce the burden on professional developers to create certain apps, have matured vastly.

The Benefits of Adopting a Low-Code/No-Code Development Platform

Can "citizen developers" eliminate the need to hire professional coders? A growing number of enterprises hope so. Low-code/no-code development platforms represent an improvement in speeding up time-to-value on creating applications.

Should You Trust Low Code/No Code for Mission-Critical Applications?

The use of low code and no code is growing as organizations attempt to deliver value faster. Before putting too much at stake, think carefully about what you're doing. When a platform doesn't scale well or its capabilities are too limited, the entire application may have to be rebuilt from scratch.

Dispelling 4 Common Myths Related to Business Developers

Business/citizen developers will neither take over the world nor ruin it. Rather than focus on extremes, enterprises should consider the targeted use cases for low code. Consider what enterprise leaders need to know before empowering their business employees with low-code development tools.

Citizen Developers: 8 Ways IT Can Strengthen the Ties

The exponential growth of citizen developers in organizations is forcing IT to rethink its role and the skillsets that it has historically valued. What are IT organizations doing to adjust? The idea of a non-IT professional in a business department developing applications that are specialized for his/her area of the business is rapidly gaining traction as a corporate business strategy.

The Enterprise Experience

Why Consigli Went Low Code for Project Management

The construction company streamlined its application needs, data analysis, and eased some of the burden of finding new talent by putting Quickbase on the job.

Ringler Goes Low Code/No Code to Leverage Data Analytics

Settlement planning company finds a more efficient path to its digital modernization by working with Creatio’s platform. What started as a plan to get one tech project back on track opened the door for overall transformation at settlement planning company Ringler Associates.

Why a Low-Code Development Recipe Worked for Pampered Chef

The cookware company needed to create a digital engagement platform it could control rather than remain solely at the mercy of social networks. As its business became more and more digital, Pampered Chef found a way to augment its online connection to customers through a platform developed with low-code resources.

Pratt & Whitney’s Low-Code Strategy to Save Development Time

An aircraft engine maker leverages platform from WEBCON to tighten up some of its operations. The company expanded its use of a low-code resource to streamline operational processes and make more efficient use of its veterans’ institutional memory.

Dawn Foods Tries a Low-Code Recipe for QA Testing Automation

Bakery ingredient distributor Dawn Foods found new flexibility to develop its e-commerce site, even as team members in Ukraine fled for safety, through a low-code/no-code option.

Why ING Entrusted Core Dev Needs to Low Code/No Code

Banking and financial services giant turned to Genesis’s platform to tackle certain app development. ING’s exploration of low-code and no-code development seems to show this resource is maturing to do more of the heavy-lifting required for core enterprise operations.

Mondelez Takes a Low-Code, No-Code Approach to Development

Snack food giant Mondelēz, maker of brands such as Chips Ahoy and Oreo aims to get ahead of the curve in software development by building up its citizen developer community.

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About the Author(s)

James M. Connolly

Contributing Editor and Writer

Jim Connolly is a versatile and experienced freelance technology journalist who has reported on IT trends for more than three decades. He was previously editorial director of InformationWeek and Network Computing, where he oversaw the day-to-day planning and editing on the sites. He has written about enterprise computing, data analytics, the PC revolution, the evolution of the Internet, networking, IT management, and the ongoing shift to cloud-based services and mobility. He has covered breaking industry news and has led teams focused on product reviews and technology trends. He has concentrated on serving the information needs of IT decision-makers in large organizations and has worked with those managers to help them learn from their peers and share their experiences in implementing leading-edge technologies through such publications as Computerworld. Jim also has helped to launch a technology-focused startup, as one of the founding editors at TechTarget, and has served as editor of an established news organization focused on technology startups at MassHighTech.

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