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10 Benefits to Low-Code & Plant an App

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Low-code development has empowered both individuals and giant corporations to develop their own solutions. Although low-code may not be the answer to every single issue an organisation faces, its sheer utility as a software tool is absolute. 

The following benefits are all waiting to be leveraged through Plant an App and low-code development.

1. Rapid Solution Design

You can’t discuss the benefits of low-code without mentioning its ability to expedite software design. In fact, many of the advantages on this list are by-products of low-codes’ inherent speed. By replacing hand-coding with intuitive drag-and-drop tools, even non-technical users can quickly assemble applications. Enterprise-wide solutions can be built in a matter of days, while traditional coding methods might drag development across a series of months. 

Streamlined creation tools and a host of pre-built templates make Plant an App’s platform the perfect way to bring your applications to market – fast.

2. True Agility

Alongside speed, ‘agility’ is another watchword of low-code. The flexibility of low-code development enables businesses and organisations to adapt to change quickly, facilitating the creation of solutions that can meet shifting markets and continuously evolving customer requirements. Rather than being tied to a certain way of operating, low-code keeps you fluid and responsive.

This manoeuvrability is only heightened when leveraging a low-code/no-code platform, such as Plant an App’s. This hybrid approach combines the high-ceiling of low-code with the intuitive UI of no-code, offering you more development options, while also widening the breadth of your best people’s capabilities.

3. Greater Collaboration

By tearing down the technical barriers that separate teams, low-code helps to foster a holistic working environment. Both businesspeople and professional developers are able to combine their ideas through a standardised design language, rather than complex code. Business teams can therefore create their own solutions, or even the foundations of an enterprise-wide app that developers can then refine.

Technical rifts are not the only obstacle to collaboration though; a Gartner study forecasted that 41% of employees will work remotely at least some of the time after the pandemic. In response to this change, a new model is required to manage remote workers. Plant an Apps’ cloud-based architecture provides this, connecting isolated departments by allowing for synchronised development and real-time collaboration.  No matter where your employees are located, you can engage and innovate with Plant an App.

4. Powered Productivity

With faster tools and more contributors at their disposal, it’s no surprise that many organisations claim a significant boost in productivity after low-code adoption. Replacing line-coding with drag-and drop logic drastically increases developer output, while citizen developers are not relegated to the side-lines of development.

Low-code tools also make it easier than ever to develop automated workflows, reducing the administrative burden of routine tasks. In particular, intelligent automation has redefined the way many businesses approach their processes, while those featuring AI have amplified operational efficiency to entirely new levels.

5. Faster Employee Onboarding

It’s no secret that one of low-code’s biggest draws is its accessibility. What may be less apparent is the transformative effect this user-friendliness has on your hiring and onboarding process. Rather than swamping your new hires with a raft of dated systems to navigate, you can convey the most vital information they need to know within a single app. With a streamlined onboarding process, you can fast-track your brightest new talent to where you need them most.

Being code-agnostic in nature, low-code also makes it easier than ever to get recent hires up-to-speed on your IT systems, no matter their technical background. Even those with little to know coding experience can contribute towards – or even create – fully functioning apps. 

It doesnt matter what my new hires technical background is. Ive been able to get them ramped up quickly as Plant an App is language agnostic.

6. Improved Integration

If your organisation is weighed down by cumbersome legacy systems and technical debt, then this benefit is bound to interest you.

Low-code platforms that come with integrated connectors and API tools are adept at connecting with – or migrating away from – your existing IT infrastructure. While other software tools often only work in silos, the right low-code platform can perform as a fully-integrated, swiss-army knife of software development. As well as creating a more consolidated system, you are able to widen the scope of your operations without resorting to a drastic overhaul. 

However, if you are looking to completely replatform, Plant an App gives you the tools to do so one system at a time, and with efficient data migration.

7. Eliminate Shadow IT

With IT teams burdened by a backlog of requests, proactive business users may be tempted to search for solutions via third-party providers – often without central IT being made aware. The problem arises that unscreened external software may undermine a business or organisation’s carefully structured guidelines, posing significant security risks and potential data violations.

However, a well-governed low-code platform that bridges the gap between business and IT can help eliminate these rogue initiatives. Low-code development empowers business users to rapidly develop their own in-house solutions, yet also nurtures the possibility for collaboration and mentoring with IT departments. This way, you can safely embrace low-code culture without stifling creativity.

8. Control & Governance Options

In addition to eliminating Shadow IT, low-code tools present organisations with various options to help adhere to their governance requirements. For example, more extensive low-code platforms will allow for clearly defined user roles and administrator controls, mitigating the risk of security breaches and data loss. 

Being cloud-based has its own benefits too. Organisations can scale security in line with their growth, while data integration is a more secure process with less duplication. Plant an App’s own platform is cloud and premise proficient: this means you have more control over your deployment options and the way you handle your data. And more options mean more ways of meeting evolving regulatory requirements.

9. Reduced Maintenance Burden

Low-code makes for low-maintenance. Many of the time-consuming, repetitive tasks associated with hand-coding are removed thanks to low-code’s single programming language. Moreover, no-code development tools empower even non-technical employees to become custodians of their organisation’s IT systems, helping to counter the developer deficit.

With many developers being outnumbered by the technical tasks and requests they receive on a daily basis, easing maintenance burdens will allow them to focus on critical development and security tasks. 

10. Diminished Costs

In a sense, this final benefit is a culmination of all those discussed so far. Low-code is a flexible investment strategy; it augments your existing resources and talent, saving you money you would otherwise spend on hiring developers or maintaining aging systems. Its innate efficiency also means that costly errors are reduced, and implementation of designs far quicker.

How much money and resources you could save through low-code development is only limited by your willingness to innovate. From shortening mission-critical development cycles, to reducing the cost of employee training, low-code can protect your hard-earned coffers.

If you are looking to leverage the above benefits of low-code development, Plant an App is here to support your digital transformation.

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