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Low Code Development: What to look forward to in 2020

In 2014, Forrester coined the term “Low-code” to describe development platforms that accelerated application delivery reducing the amount of hand-coding typically required. Low-code platforms in actuality have been around for much longer and officially emerged in the early 2010s in response to a pressing need for faster development cycles. In fact, it was in 2005, that we officially patented the self-generating technique which enabled our open-source low-code platform Rintagi to enjoy all the same benefits of low-code applied to the platform itself.

Since then, there has been no looking back.

Given the benefits of rapid development, lower costs, greater accessibility, and seamless enterprise digital transformation experience, the low-code market is pushing forward to a digital revolution and is projected to reach $27.23 billion in the year 2022.

Embracing Digital Transformation with Low-code
Low-code platforms offer businesses a sense of ownership. It allows delivery of applications with great speed and agility while worrying less about device compatibility, scalability or other time-consuming aspects of bespoke software.
Eliminating the need for extensive coding, low-code platforms help get applications to production faster; reducing projects from months to a matter of weeks or even days. They excel in proof-of-concept demonstrations to determine the business validity of an idea quickly before diving into more detailed customization development.

Developing software from scratch is not economical. Building a full-fledged enterprise application for a small or mid-sized company is very expensive and takes a considerable amount of man-hours. Low-code platforms offer enterprise owners the benefit of seamlessly building tailor-made applications with limited coding and minimal upfront costs with the power to support even the most complex enterprise use cases.

This frees up time and resources for organizations to focus on innovation, enabling digital transformation.

Watch a video demonstrating building a complete Clinic Registration Application from scratch in a day.

Looking Ahead
Low-code development is the single most disruptive force in application development today. It has empowered millions of IT leaders, business leaders, CTOs and CIOs the opportunity to build unique business use cases at a fraction of the cost while enjoying full ownership.

Development tools that can self-generate will soon be the most popular platform of choice. In the case of Rintagi, any upgrades that a developer makes to the code are applied not just to the application, but also to the platform in itself, ensuring both application and platform is technologically up-to-date and future-proofed. This self-generating or rejuvenating property is key to further reducing development time and costs.

Companies that adopt low-code empowers developers of varying experience to realize the full range of their capabilities while accelerating the speed of development and fulfilling their custom business needs. Additionally, highly organized code = easier handoffs.

In 2020, we will see exponential adoption of a hybrid mindset — designers, business analysts, and developers will work together to create, iterate and release applications in a fraction of the time it would normally take with traditional methods.

Great business ideas are now being quickly turned into applications, supporting the constantly changing needs of the business. Without worrying about resource constraints, teams can focus on building great applications with the support and input of the business and product teams.
Low code is driving innovation globally. It is quickly becoming a part of the digital workplace charter and is the default method for companies building software today.

Rintagi is an open-source low-code development platform for deploying mission-critical applications built by Robocoder Corporation. Since 1999, Robocoder Corporation has used Rintagi to develop and maintain mission-critical database applications for reputable companies, spanning multiple industries.

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