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Forrester report highlights low code development platforms are here to stay

We’ve seen tremendous growth in the number of companies using our low-code development platform Evoke to develop software apps quickly and cost-effectively, using their existing staff.

However, don’t just take our word for it. A new research report from Forrester looked into the low code development market and asked whether this trend is a flash in the pan.

The analysts gathered some interesting insights, which we thought we’d share, on the state of low-code development platform adoption. Three key takeaways emerged:

Rapid Low-Code Adoption Continues

Forrester highlighted that the investment and developer adoption of low-code development continues to accelerate. However, they found there are some challenges ahead that may slow the pace of adoption.

The firm surveyed developers at North American and European firms and found that 20% of developers reported they had already implemented a low-code solution, with an additional 20% expecting to do so in the next 12 months.

They expect the explosive growth of low-code development platforms to continue, particularly in large and midsize enterprise.  They suggest that the perception that low-code platforms are just for smaller businesses is wrong.

They do however say there’s still a lot of scepticism or inaction among developers, with 50% of North American and European developers reporting no plans to adopt low code, and another 10% unaware of what their firm’s low-code plans are.

They expect these numbers to shrink over time as evidence builds and more developers and business leaders are convinced of low code’s benefits.

Low Code is viable for all companies

The report also highlighted that low-code platforms are used in companies of varying size to develop all kinds of applications. Forrester says low-code platforms tackle new challenges and ease old ones. According to developers the two driving forces behind low-code adoption are to transform business and to address age-old development challenges.

North American and European developers say their firms adopt low-code platforms to achieve big goals such as to support a product or service innovation, to empower departmental IT to deliver apps and to empower employees outside of IT to deliver apps. These goals put faster software delivery at the centre of business transformation.

 Application development and delivery professionals (AD&D) also look to low-code to help address issues that have plagued development for years, such as high costs and difficulty meeting the business’ expectations of timeline.

When low-code developers were asked if the platforms addressed these issues, Forrester found that an overwhelming share of respondents reported improvement, with 26% noting significant improvement, while 67% indicated modest improvement.

Use Adoption Data to determine your low code plans

Finally, Forrester looked at what cases are ideal for low-code platforms and asked key questions such as, who uses low-code platforms, what the most common use cases they tackle are, and can low-code platforms produce apps that scale?

They found some companies are drawn to low-code because of its ability to unleash their “citizen developers” and expand the number of people writing software. They also highlight that low code enables business to create apps with a diverse user base.

Customer service, marketing/PR, manufacturing, digital business, admin departments, engineering, accounting, and human resources are all substantial users of low-code-generated apps.

Five use cases dominate: business process apps; complete customer-facing mobile/web apps; web/mobile front ends; administrative apps; and complete mobile applications.

The message is clear, low code platforms are here to stay. Now it’s just a case of finding a solution that meets your business development needs.

Contact us to find out how our low-code platform, Evoke can enable your business to build sophisticated apps cost-effectively and in a fraction of the time of other methods.