2021 Low-code Industry Report

Source:iResearch April 21,20212:53 PM
Low-code Development Research Scope

Focus on independent low-code development platforms and analyze related concepts and components.

Low code development refers to a solution that uses APaaS products to reduce or eliminate the demand for native code writing for application development by providing developers with a visual application development environment, thereby building applications conveniently. Therefore, low-code platforms are often referred to as APaaS platforms.
In a broad sense, the low-code concept covers all the application processes and services that can complete code integration and reduce code development. However, in a narrow sense, low code development refers to independent development platforms that can build simple applications and complex enterprise-level applications using a small amount of code or no code through a visual interface.

This report focuses on independent low-code development platforms. It also covers analysis on concepts related to low-code, such as APaaS, no-code and BPM. Process engines, data analysis engines, and other components.

Comparison of Low-code and Traditional Software Development

Low code development is evolved from traditional software development

Low code is born from the optimization and evolution of traditional software development. With characteristics such as high efficiency, flexibility and stability, it is gradually applied in various business scenarios. The expensive and rigid traditional development method can't provide enterprises with efficient and agile development processes. Because of its long delivery cycle and weak customization capabilities, coping with the ever-changing market and customer expectations is difficult. To improve software development efficiency, low-code products that modularize the code catch the attention of developers. Low code development reduces the barriers to application construction and the reliance on professional engineers. The business departments can build application platforms in a drag-and-drop way, which can meet their personalized needs, reduce labor costs and repeated communication with the IT department, and shorten the project development cycle. As to later operation and maintenance, the low-code platforms iterates faster and are more flexible. They can be used for cross-platform application deployment and can access data in different systems. Compared with traditional software development, low-code platforms have obvious advantages and cover increasingly diversified application scenarios.

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