Top 15 Low Code Platforms 2021– Selecting the Best Low Code Platform
Low-code development is a new approach to software development that requires minimal coding to build applications and processes. Low-code platforms typically use drag-and-drop features, automatic code generation, business process maps, and other visual tools to deliver an agile development environment without requiring the time or complexity of traditional coding methods.
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Used by professional and citizen developers, low-code platforms help create different apps (of varying complexity) for multiple purposes. Some of these include automating processes, accelerating digital transformation, and meeting business demands for development.
Why Are Low Code Platforms On The Rise?
One of the main factors for the rise of the low code development model is faster deliverability and better innovation. They offer an environment where applications can be deployed much faster, and user experience can be continuously revised.
Some of the other reasons for the popularity of the low-code model include –
Low-code platforms require much less engineering efforts, thus automatically lowering down the cost in the long run.
Low-code development platforms make IT teams more productive by speeding up the overall app development process. Further, the robust agility of low-code platforms translates to faster deployable solutions and easily adaptable strategies.
Low-code development platforms enable apps, features, and processes to be built and modified by non-technical users without putting pressure on in-house IT teams to build, code, troubleshoot, or implement a solution.
Quality low code development platforms make it easier for developers and non-developers to build scalable enterprise solutions. In fact, one of the major reasons for the rise of low code platforms is how these help young startups and entrepreneurs build their pilot MVPs without writing any code.
Top 15 Low Code Platforms – Selecting the Best Low Code Platform
Low code tools enable low code development by reducing the amount of time and manual work needed for app development in the traditional approach.
Almost all low code development platforms are built with a common principle in mind – to make it quick and easy for both developers and non-developers to design and deploy software solutions.
The following features make this possible for low-code development platforms –
Scalability in design
Visual based design
Powerful support for integration
If you’re looking to find the best low code tools for your specific organizational needs, here we’re discussing the top 15 low-code platforms along with their features, pros, and cons to help you make an informed decision.
OutSystems is one of the most intuitive low code platforms out there. Packed with features, OutSystems offers customizable app-creation experience and handles the entire software development lifecycle.
Another highlight of Outsystems is that the platform supports integration with any database, external enterprise systems, or custom app via pre-built open-source connectors, APIs, and popular cloud services.
The platform also comes with various pre-built modern UI templates for desktop, tablets, and mobile apps.
Features one-click deployment and rollback
The platform has a robust app marketplace of pre-built components and integrations
Allows you to publish mobile apps directly to App Store and Google Play
Fast-paced app development
Excellent user interface
Faster time to market
Better user experience
Features desktop IDE only; there is no fully cloud-based app creation environment
ProcessMaker makes it easy for users to automate processes, connect and extend third party systems to deliver agility to business processes. The best part is dashboards and KPIs that come inbuilt in the platform that enable easy tracking and measurement.
An easy-to-use process designing interface
Simple layout that is fast to load
Refreshes quickly and gives real-time process state tracking
Allows integration with an email to provide real-time email alerts
The tool will enable you to document uploads with fair intuitive reporting and a robust dashboard feature
Easy deployment and usage
Simple programming that can be easily extended to external parties
Easy-to-use and straightforward drag and drop process design interface, actionable emails, and form builder
One of the fastest-growing low code development platforms, Microsoft Power Apps, allows you to build apps that are fast and features a point-and-click approach to app design.
Built natively on the cloud; it lets the developers extend app capabilities using cloud service. Further, developers can also use custom connectors to connect legacy systems with newly developed apps.
Microsoft Power Apps also enjoys the advantage of being a part of the Azure and Power Platform ecosystem. It provides excellent flexibility of integration with other Microsoft and third-party products.
Easily integrates with Power BI, Office 365, and Dynamics 365
Features multiple UI objects and a range of pre-built templates
No coding experience required for basic app development
Excellent mobile and tablet development and app previews
Features cloud-based services integration, app sharing, app-running, workflow automation, etc.
Offers a compelling visual app designer
Easily connects to Salesforce and other similar third-party apps
Features advanced workflow automation built-in with Microsoft Flow
Google App Maker requires some coding knowledge to get around. Its simple design and robust documentation make it a great platform. And needless to say, it effortlessly connects with G Suite APIs.
Features a drag-and-drop user interface
Offers declarative data modeling
Provides built-in support for Cloud SQL
Offer various functionalities such as deployment settings, app preview, deployment logs, and data models
A complete web-based tool that supports Windows as well as macOS
The platform is easy to connect with Gmail, Sheets, or Calendar
Easy to use
Allows you to build customized applications in minutes
Available only for G Suite Business
No native mobile apps
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Unlike other low-code tools that let you deploy your apps on any public cloud or on-premises, Salesforce Lightning is only for Salesforce CRM users who want to build their own user experiences without writing any code.
Put simply; it is a low code development platform that combines the power of Salesforce with low-code app development. The platform has various tools such as SalesforceDX, App Builder, and Lightning Flow that help speed up software development.
Allows easy integration of business solutions for various industries
A popular name in the low-code app development platform category, Zoho Creator’s drag-and-drop interface makes it super easy to build robust apps featuring forms, dashboards, and sophisticated business workflows.
One of the key highlights of the Zoho Creator is that every app comes natively mobile so that you can customize actions, separate layouts, and gestures for your smart devices.
Features an easy-to-use form builder and allows you to responsively resize your apps for mobile
Offers a range of pre-built app templates and fields
The platform supports barcode scanning
Offers pre-built Salesforce and QuickBooks integrations
Advanced features include excellent support of personalization for customers, barcodes, location coordinates, user access, data validation, calendar, timeline, and schedule
The tool offers several robust integration features, including CRM, Books, and invoice data, along with connectivity with multiple applications
Simple and intuitive; very easy to get started with the platform
App customization and automation requires the use of proprietary scripting language
Kissflow is another famous name in the free low code platforms category. It is a cloud-based low code tool and a business process management software. The platform allows users to create a range of automated business applications through a simple, easy-to-use interface.
Robust data security and synchronization
It eliminates the need for coding
Features a drag and drop functionality to add and edit fields
Enables you to digitize your forms and requests
Gives an option to build tasks and logic using the drag and drop functionality
Creatio is a leading low-code development platform that enables enterprises to accelerate their app development process and customize the mobile app in the time it takes to customize the desktop application.
Using the tool, you can configure the page layout in the Creatio mobile version or add a new section via wizard in no time.
The tool features easy-to-use productivity tools for sales agents
Offers strong vendor support and intelligent analytics tools
A unified platform for various functional areas and teams
An easy-to-use IDE platform, Visual LANSA allows developers to code just once and deploy everywhere. It is primarily a cross-platform development tool that values the rapid creation of enterprise-grade applications.
The platform speeds up application development by eliminating the need for developers to master varied technical skills that are usually required to produce software processes and applications.
Offers advanced visual development and DBMS support
WebRatio is another good low code development platform for building web, mobile, and BPA applications. It is mainly an Agile development tool that uses OMG (Object Management Group) and IFML (Interaction Flow Modeling Language) standard visual modeling language.
WebRatio’s visual modeling allows web, mobile, and BPA applications to be created many times faster compared to the traditional methods
The platform enables you to define logic, workflows, data management, forms, and other elements that make business applications
The tool features a combination of visual modeling and access to code that allows the development of prototypes to create solutions with a bimodal approach
A relatively new low-code app development platform, DWKit is essentially a BPM (business process management) software but offers several advantages to developers.
The platform is a little more complicated compared to other similar solutions and requires robust developer’s skills. DWKit is an ideal tool for companies looking to build products of their own.
Offers robust technical support
Features drag-and-drop coding functionality
Features a free and low code open-source option
Self-hosted and cloud-based options available
Drag-and-drop form builder
Features a fully customized end-user interface
Offers easy customization options
Enables users to launch their apps much faster
Gives developers access to source code
Offers database support
Less reliable as the platform is relatively new and lesser-known
Website is not well managed
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Various low-code platforms offer different capabilities and approaches to the process of software development. While some platforms come with a shorter learning curve, others focus more on advanced integrating capabilities. While some emphasize collaborative development, other low code platforms enable better customizations.
Therefore, it is crucial to analyze your business needs and map your development journey with the tool you choose. You should also factor in the amount of development work you want to delegate to your citizen developers.
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