Low-code app development is on the rise across all aspects of businesses. Developers, IT teams, marketing departments, sales organizations, and even human resource teams now use low-code apps and platforms to build time-saving, efficiency-boosting applications.
Why use low-code app development instead of more custom, traditional methods?
Well, if everyone had an unlimited budget, time, and developer bandwidth, there really wouldn’t be a need for low-code tools. However, we live in a world where developers are a scarce resource, money is tight, and deadlines need to be met.
The benefits of low-code app development may seem obvious (hint: low code), but there are deeper advantages that aren’t as obvious at first glance. Below, we’ll walk you through all the benefits of low-code platforms and app development.
6 benefits of low-code app development
1. Less coding skill required
Experienced coders are an invaluable asset to any team, but they can be expensive—plus, they’re difficult to find and hire. Low-code app development empowers your experts to do basic coding and deployment on their own.
For example, imagine you’re a lawyer. Traditionally, if you want to launch a complex website or mobile application, you’d need to hire a programmer to build it for you. However, they’d need to understand the fundamentals of law, or there’ll be a lot of time-consuming back and forth.
Low-code tools and platforms allow you as a lawyer to become a developer. You can use copy/paste formulas, drag-and-drop editors, and other low-code tools to bring the vision of the website to life on your own. You won’t have all the flexibility that comes with full-code app development, but there’s a good chance you’ll have all the functionality you need.
2. Faster time to deployment
Low-code development tools are like KitchenAid appliances to whatever apps you’re cooking up—they take care of the boring, time-intensive steps to help you get to deployment faster. With fewer barriers to entry, you’ll have more hands on deck to help accelerate the process.
Low-code app development empowers your nontechnical users to build minimum viable products (MVPs). You can test these prototypes before getting your developers involved, saving you time and money. If an MVP doesn’t work out, scrap it and move on to the next one.
You also don’t need to put all the pressure on your developers to build solutions. Low-code development lets noncoders build integrated applications at speed. Faster development leads to quicker deployment—and that makes for happier customers and a better bottom line.
3. Lower development costs
Developers are worth their weight in gold, but not every business has buckets of coins at the end of the rainbow. To build profitable applications, you need to lower your development costs—and that’s where no-code apps thrive.
No-code app developments require fewer resources and bandwidth now and in the future. The complex coding project you build today isn’t a one-and-done product—it’s something you’ll need to modify, fix, and update throughout its lifetime. And since it’s custom-made, you’ll need to keep expert developers on the scene just to maintain (not even innovate) your apps.
Maintenance can get expensive fast when you’re building without low code.
4. Streamlined collaboration
Traditional app development segments your team into silos: the coders and the noncoders. Business teams (noncoders) plan out the vision and task the developers (coders) with building it, but projects and scope get lost in translation.
Low-code app development breaks down these silos and lets both parties contribute in real time. Everyone from your executive team to your front-end developers can get involved throughout the process to bring the application to life.
No more playing the messy games of telephone tag or hot potato between your teams. Now, you can really work together.
5. Improved customer experiences
Faster time to deployment leads to better experiences for your customers. You can test before you invest, iterate early on, and pivot if necessary—all helping you create a product that satisfies your customers.
Because in the end, that’s what it’s all about: improving the customer experience.
Low-code app development isn’t a cheap workaround for shipping incomplete solutions quickly. It’s a simplified process that equips your team (regardless of their code proficiency) to build high-quality apps that solve pain points without the fluff.
You’ll get access to prebuilt, tried-and-tested user interfaces and templates.
6. Increased productivity
Low-code development empowers developers and non-technical users to get more done in less time (which is pretty much the definition of efficiency).
It also eliminates back-and-forth processes and waiting times between handoffs. Teams don’t have to do a little, wait a bit, do a little, wait a bit—they can collaborate in real time.
You also don’t have to work on someone else’s schedule. If you need a solution immediately, you can build an MVP yourself rather than wait until the next sprint to get on your development team’s radar.
Get started with low-code app development
Ready to start using no-code and low-code tools to build your next app? Check out our Complete Guide to No-Code Apps to learn about the best tools and platforms to help you get started. We'll help you capitalize on all the benefits of low-code and no-code app development.
The guide will show you how to use tools like Twilio Studio, Quick Deploy, and Twilio SendGrid email to build communication solutions into your apps with no-code and copy/paste options.
We can’t wait to see what you build!