Low-code platforms will save your business. Here's how.

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Whether businesses need to fill developer gaps or cut down on development time, low-code platforms are a popular and easy-to-use solution.

Enlisting low-code and no-code platforms as a business solution is not new. However, in the age of COVID-19, where IT teams are being tasked to their breaking point and companies are rethinking their business models, more and more enterprises are turning to low-code and no-code platforms. 

Simply put, developers need to accomplish more in less time. Low-code or no-code provides a quick fix in that the platforms allow professionals with no coding experience to build apps and even potentially fill talent gaps in their organization. (Low-code platforms typically require users to have some rudimentary knowledge of programming, while no-code platforms require no programming knowledge.)

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These platforms reduce the amount of time it takes to create software, so that business apps can be delivered quicker, and a wider range of people (often called "citizen developers") can contribute to app development.

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Developers couldn't be happier. A report from low-code platform company Appian found that 80% of developers surveyed believe that low code can both eliminate time spent on repetitive tasks and free up developers to do more high-level work. While 68% said that low code "is viable for the development of mission-critical applications."

Case in point: In San Antonio, the CTO used a low-code approach to revamp a manual application process to distribute emergency financial help to people out of work due to the coronavirus. Schools are also leveraging low-code platforms to build websites to help manage students' health concerns.

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The low-code, no-code trend shows no signs of slowing down. According to Gartner, low-code will be responsible for more than 65% of application development by 2024.

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