How Low-Code Integration is Changing the Lives of Software Developers
Once considered an impediment to software development, low-code was viewed as a rigid, templated coding style that hindered creativity.
Today, many software engineers and developers view low-code as a liberator…almost the AI of software development, automating mundane steps while freeing up human capital to focus on higher value work.
A low-code integration platform allows companies to extend and supplement existing workforces while facilitating automation, reducing errors, and ultimately elevating the role of software developer to that of an innovator.
In this post, we focus on how low-code integration platforms contribute to an agile and progressive business, why companies are adopting this methodology, and the overall benefits the business – and developers – achieve with a low-code model.
What is Low-Code?
Low-code is a development methodology that uses visual versus textual coding. Instead of a technical environment, low code is model-driven, using a drag-and-drop interface that is accessible to a broader range of developers. Especially for more junior team members who may not yet have the experience to produce in a highly technical environment.
Predicted growth of worldwide low-code technologies in 2023
Organizations benefit from greater productivity, decreased costs, and improved agility. These are meaningful results, reflected in the outlook of industry analysts who predict the worldwide low-code technologies market will grow 20% in 2023.
Low-code integration platforms deliver speed and automation, while maintaining the ability of developers to customize, transform, and orchestrate end-to-end business processes. When a low code integration platform has the ability to handle the complexity of truly enterprise environments, the result is a democratization of tasks across development teams that traditionally would be bottlenecked with integration specialists working over their personal capacity.
Why are organizations adopting low-code platforms?
Expediting the completion of key projects is instrumental to innovation and growth. To achieve these results, development cycles must be strategic and predictable, while also delivering digitally-driven outcomes to customers and partners within an evolving ecosystem.
Due to resource constraints, process/system complexity, and an ever-evolving ecosystem, many key projects are consigned to the IT backlog. The result is a painful lag between the company determining what it needs to succeed and how quickly the development team will deliver it.
A low-code integration methodology allows companies to segment IT backlog work, shortening project timelines by assigning simpler tasks to less experienced workers. Instead of important projects languishing on an ever-growing to-do list, initiatives are quickly completed. More hands make for faster work, with experienced people focusing solely on the highest value tasks.
Enterprises must eliminate redundant and time-consuming tasks, freeing up bandwidth to focus on higher value activities that satisfy individual needs and the needs of the business.
- Peter Kreslins, Digibee CTO and Co-Founder
Why are organizations adopting low code platforms?
Increasing delivery of key projects drives business results. These results include the predictable and strategic delivery of digitally driven outcomes to customers and partners in an evolving ecosystem.
The pressure to deliver outcomes is higher than ever and this demand often falls on the IT project backlog. It is no secret that the IT project backlog is growing due to resource constraints, process / systems complexity, and a digital ecosystem that is changing at an exponential rate.
These complexities can cause key business initiatives to take too long and consume so many resources that other important projects may have to be pushed aside.
A Low Code methodology leaves room for these projects that have historically lost priority while preparing you for the future of a certain increase in the amount of data generated and consumed by your organization.
What are the advantages of low-code for developers?
The prioritization of IT backlog projects depends solely upon the time and resources available to tackle the coding work. This involves the team members writing, testing, debugging, deploying, and managing environments (test and production).
The more coding required, the more likely that problems will arise. Especially if the team is under-resourced or under-skilled. As a result, the project delivery date is delayed, which pushes out the positive results it’s meant to deliver. The outcome? Missed revenue and lost business opportunities.
A low-code integration model accelerates the development process, simplifying the work and enabling the development team to deliver critical innovation projects on time and on budget.
Here are some examples of the advantages a low-code integration platform provides to developers:
Existing (and older) models, systems, and processes have undergone many changes, often resulting in a lack of continuity, forced freezing, and downstream compatibility issues due to a reliance on specialized coding and knowledge.
Low code removes these legacy hindrances, allowing workers to connect systems and processes in a modular way. This simple approach promotes the rapid adoption of new workflows and technologies, enabling the team to easily support (and quickly complete) modernization initiatives.
Low-code is an optimizer, providing greater speed with improved results. Reusability and embedded governance immediately accelerate the development process.
Building code using a visual (versus textual) model saves time while still allowing for manual coding as needed. Low-code also bridges the communication gap among non-IT stakeholders to further expedite the project.
3. Greater autonomy
Low-code democratizes processes, simplifying the development lifecycle, and supporting individual contributions. It also enables professionals with less experience (or less technical backgrounds) to contribute to the project, tasking them with work they’re able to perform.
With improved communication and collaboration between business and IT teams, it’s possible to share a holistic view of the project, keeping all stakeholders informed and aware.
4. More features and innovation
Low-code makes it easier to accelerate innovation cycles, offloading basic tasks to less experienced workers, and elevating senior developers to focus on new products/services and strategic projects.
A low-code integration platform delivers greater cost-efficiencies, ensuring the most expensive resources are delivering the highest ROI, while empowering less experienced developers to build and maintain integrations as they learn and grow.
How to choose a low-code platform
Low-code integration platforms support process agility and enhanced security while accelerating delivery cycles, all with a lower total cost of ownership.
Our customers rely on Digibee’s low-code integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) technology to:
- Efficiently build and maintain integrations
- Lower demand on IT while empowering junior developers
- Support business users with automated workflows
- Increase revenue with faster time to market
- Expand existing development resources for increased efficiency, productivity, and profitability