Expected to reach $53,07 billion by 2026 growing at a CAGR of 26.1% from 2018 to 2026, the low-code industry started to expand beyond just an array of platforms. Companies are looking for experts or partners to help them pick one or multiple low-code platforms that best meet their goals and needs, while also assisting them with implementation. Although not officially coined as a term, ‘’low-code agency’’ is already a demand on the market.
What is a low-code agency?
Though it can be many things a low-code agency is a tech services company with a strong consulting component. In the scope of solving a problem, they will come as first-hand experts to get the job done with the help of low-code technology.
Their value to the market spreads between being well connected to all available solutions on the market, their differentiators, the industries they have the most experience in implementation and support.
What’s a natural journey when working with a low-code agency?
As a company, you might already have done your own research or you would expect the agency to take the lead for this first phase, too.
The agency is up to date with all the available solutions on the market, the industries they have the most experience in, features and key differentiators between one or another plus a track history of working with probably the top of the. It will offer assistance in guiding you
through this process of choosing one or sometimes multiple platforms to tackle specific business challenges.
- Crafting a digital transformation strategy
With this whole global pandemic, businesses have been pushed more than before to become technology-oriented irrespective of the nature of their business.
Generally, they are split between companies looking for digital transformation and those that are just starting to adopt the technology. In both cases, business leaders are investing a lot of time and resources to come up with solutions that automate processes, scale up the business, all leading to expanding the existing streams of revenue.
A low-code agency will be able to craft a digital strategy but in a smart way. Instead of looking at the manual process that can be automated, for example, an agency will be able to determine which processes move-the-needle and bring a greater impact on the company.
- Implementation and skillset
Where an agency will be able to showcase its experience and expertise with low-code will be the implementation part using specific technology developers might not yet be fluent in. Before asking them to formulate a solution or finding one in-house, as a company you should weigh the benefits or getting help from an expert versus putting aside some of the developers to be specifically trained in new technology.
After the implementation part, the agency will assist with any support that might be needed. This translates to faster communication with someone from the platform, addressing the questions in the name of your company, being able to better understand your needs from a technological standpoint.
Team structure of a low-code agency
This can vary greatly depending on the business model, but what we've seen with our partners is that it will consist of low-code engineers (80%) to which it adds up about 20% client-facing consultants, business analysts, project managers.
Those 80% of engineers come with a major key differentiator: compared to traditional developers, through the nature of their role, low-code engineers will have already acquired business development skills, too. This role goes beyond just technical knowledge, their day to day interaction with clients gives them a deeper understanding of how to formulate and tackle business needs.
Where does the agency make a difference?
- Speed and expertise
A company might use a low platform to implement something new with its own team, but this also means it will have to invest in training the team, set aside some developers who’ll focus solely on gaining a new set of skills.
Partnering with an agency means faster implementation, budget reduction coming from speed, no inefficient back, and forth communication with support teams.
- Training dimension (in some cases)
Making sure the whole team is skilled in that specific technology will fall in the hands of a training partner. Its role is to mediate a company’s relationship with the platform.
What a low-code agency won’t do?
While the possibilities are endless for the range of apps that one can build using a low-code platform, there are some specific use cases where there won’t be the need to adopt such a platform.
1. Off-the-shelf applications
If an off-the-shelf application already covers all the business requirements, then adopting this solution will turn out to be more cost-effective and the implementation time will be considerably reduced compared to a low-code solution.
Remember our Texas 42 case study? A dominoes game built in a couple of hours by Dale Warner meant to replicate the same offline experience he would previously enjoy with his friends before social distancing hit them? The major difference is that Dale was able to build this all by himself, the same could be the case of a couple of developers inside a company for a communication campaign for example. For this scenario, there is no need for a fully dedicated team or agency.
When it comes to complex games that were previously developed using specific technology that meet all its requirements, then choosing a low-code platform might not be the best solution.
3. Unlimited resources
For companies that are not under the clock to deliver new products or services to stay financially stable the need for a low-code agency might not be mandatory. More specifically, those companies that can set aside time to simply focus on the bigger picture which will mostly generate new project ideas, but with no specific deadline or a limited budget fall into this category. They might want to go after traditional solutions, investing a lot of time in the research part without having to jump fast to implementation.
To low-code agency or to low-code agency?
Transforming a company from within (digitally, organizational culture-wise, team structure) takes a whole, dedicated team. Low-code decentralized the power of building business apps giving it to anyone beyond a technical background. But this is only the tip of the iceberg of what low-code platforms can do. Complex and really transformative initiatives require a whole agency that will be able to pinpoint exactly what needs to be automated and what has to stay the same, eliminating the need to train developers in new technology, to invest time in building relationships with platform managers or accumulating the frustration of initially assessing a technology as being a good fit for your business goals and ending with investing more time in something that brings little to no results.
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