To improve the way that organisations develop apps, low-code platforms need to meet certain standards. Below are the fundamental principles of low-code development:
Modular, reusable building blocks and pre-built functional components eliminate the friction of complexity and the need to build everything from scratch.
A multi-persona environment with tooling accommodates varying skills and experience levels across an organisation. This allows various stakeholders to work together to quickly deliver the best possible app and experience. Less-experienced builders can leverage functionality built by professional developers, resulting in a faster, more-agile development process.
Foundational to the application development environment, low-code enables users to quickly scale experiences from the simple to the complex, and across enterprise silos from end to end.
Empowering citizen developers to build apps quickly can result in application sprawl. Low-code governance implements policy and technology constraints to limit and manage the growth of applications, while also limiting data duplication, inconsistency and insecurity.
Application development must remain aligned with roadmap objectives. Strategic low-code development establishes and monitors measures of success aligned with business value, establishes criteria to approve application development activities and oversees budgeting and resource allocation.
Low-code development initiatives must establish technical standards and best practices, define development processes, establish authorities and guidance for testing and deployment, and define technical training requirements.
The operational principle of low-code development defines and administers the demand intake process. It likewise establishes support, maintenance and update requirements and ownership, while defining authorities for rationalisation and deprecation.
Low-code development must consistently create a positive user experience. This promotes increased productivity. New apps do not disrupt user behaviour or force new user training or change management.
Low-code integration is vital, ensuring easy connections between processes and resources. Platforms must be able to integrate any data or system without requiring specialised integration tools. Pre-built, end-to-end integration solutions reduce time to value.
Low-code is only effective if it can produce secure applications. Security is a defining principle of successful low-code platforms. Reducing risk related to data, operational impacts, business continuity, operational performance and more.