With low-code and no-code platforms, even non-programmers can build smaller apps. But the tools have more potential, namely the democratization of app development, Zoho says, naming three trends in building apps without code.
Real-time AI assistance: Most citizen developers have enough experience with business processes to design smaller applications. However, more complex use cases still all too often need a helping hand from IT to help resolve inconsistencies, account for dependencies, and follow best practices. In the future, LCNC platforms will include new features that will make the help in this guide obsolete. In this context, artificial intelligence will play a key role: AI assistants within the platform are conceivable, for example, alerting users in real time to problems when building their application.
Development of large-scale applications: Pure application development is far from over for LCNC platforms. In the future, the tools will offer functions with which even non-programmers can create entire software solutions. It is then no longer conceivable to use small applications that take over a single function, but rather sophisticated applications that are made up of various microservices. To date, the creation of networked application ecosystems is still entirely in the hands of trained developers. This will change in the future.
Richer component libraries with built-in security controls: In the future, LCNC platforms will provide even more diverse and complex component libraries, i.e. sets of ready-made functions, for application development. These libraries help citizen developers design applications with high user experience for end users. Integrating machine learning capabilities into applications built with LCNC will be possible in the future. However, because it is sometimes difficult for citizen developers to understand the effects of these highly complex mechanisms, caution is advised here: Companies should never take control of the integrity of their technology environment away from their IT teams. Therefore, an important task for low-code and no-code platform providers will be to implement appropriate control mechanisms for IT departments in their offering.
“Low-code and no-code platforms will soon have all the ingredients to revolutionize app development,” said Sridhar Iyengar, managing director of Zoho Europe. “In the future, even non-programmers will be able to create sophisticated applications and entire application ecosystems. So the democratization of application development, with its gigantic potential for added value, can propel companies even further – provided they can adapt their digital strategy accordingly.” ”