For the last several years, we have been pushing the notion of Low Code in the various Business Automation capabilities. Recently, I was asked to present our Low Code strategy for Business Automation to a customer so I decided to write down my perspective on Low Code and why Low Code.What is Low Code?
Here is the definition of Low Code from Gartner
- "An Enterprise Low-code application platform (LCAP) provides rapid application development and deployment using low-code and no-code techniques such as declarative, model-driven application design and development together with the simplified one-button deployment of applications."
In IBM – we have a definition that specifically focuses on the visual experience and ease of use.
Low-code is a visual approach to software development that enables faster delivery of applications through minimal hand-coding ... Low-code platforms democratize app development, particularly for the “citizen” developers—i.e. business users with little formal coding experience, such as business analysts or project managers.
Is Low Code only for non-technical people?
I believe there are two key reasons for the rise of Low Code/No Code.
- The push for the ”squad model" – a small team of cross-functional developers responsible for the entire end-to-end development of applications. Instead of having specialized teams for UI, application, integration, and security, we have “pizza” teams where each one is responsible for building the entire application. With a smaller team, developers don’t want to learn 5 “best-of-breed” tools - they want a single integrated tooling environment.
- The push for rapid ”everything” – completion time needs to be measured in weeks instead of months. To achieve that, we need
- Fast development with immediate feedback from Line-of-Business.
- Support Reuse instead of Create. Need for templates and reusable assets that can be easily extended or modified.
With IBM Cloud Pak for Business Automation - we specifically focus our development experience to enable business developers to build Business Automation solutions using a Low Code approach. You can see some of the examples here:
- Low Code process modeling - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaJZiQZ9GV8
- Low Code application creation - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWamL1f3-0o
In future blogs on this topic, I will discuss some of the recent updates in our low code experience, how to evaluate a low code experience, and how we are pushing the boundary of No Code into an interactive experience with Watson Orchestrate.#bestpractices#CloudPakforBusinessAutomation#lowcode