SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CAN BE PERFORMED A HUNDRED TIMES FASTER THAN BEFORE
Recently, Forbes magazine described that the IT sector is facing a paradigm shift in software development and that such software development using “no code / low code” will be the most disruptive trend in 2021.
It has been several years since Digitread opted for “no code / low code“. The reason was a desire to be able to develop new applications and software in a simpler and more efficient way. But what does “no code / low code” really mean? Helge Kjeilen, the chair of Digitread and Digitread Connect, explains:
“In simple terms, it is about software that makes it possible to develop apps and programs without having to use time-consuming coding that often requires a lot of cutting-edge expertise. Instead, the programming has been replaced with “drag and drop technology.” Many have compared the technology to building something in LEGO. The various pieces needed to develop a comprehensive solution already exist. The components just need to be put together. By using this type of technology, development is much faster than writing line after line of advanced program code. This is exactly what makes “no code / low code” so simple and effective,“ he says. Another aspect is that it is possible to use the application itself as a communication platform with the client during development, which, in turn, increases accuracy and avoids misunderstandings.
The future is digital
The Forbes article points out that many of the companies that offered competitive products with a good digital experience during the pandemic were the ones that most often experienced growth. Products and services where digital quality was not as good often performed worse among the competition. This should be a wake-up call and encourage strategic action to position companies properly:
“Industries such as banking and finance have already fundamentally changed, and in companies such as Komplett.no and Norwegian Air Shuttle, software is a key part of the business model. Digital development is accelerating; at the same time, the cost of developing new software using Low Code has shrunk dramatically, hence, more companies should capitalize on the opportunities that exist,“ Kjeilen continues.
A leading no code / low code developer
Digitread leads the way in Norway when it comes to developing applications and solutions based on no code / low code technology. They specialize in the Norwegian-developed Appfarm, as well as Siemens’ Mendix platform.
“The technology means that, in the future, software development is predicted to go a hundred times faster than today. Among other things, machine learning and artificial intelligence help to automate software development so that engineers no longer have to spend most of their time testing, which, in turn, frees up time for other tasks.“
Almost endless possibilities
As application development becomes simpler, it also becomes much easier to further develop applications. It is predicted that applications of the future will be able to be tailored to the individual employee’s work tasks and needs to a far greater extent than is done today. And it will be possible to build simple, user-friendly user interfaces on top of heavier IT systems, so that the user experience is better. That way, the “endless struggle” endured while working with heavy systems will be a thing of the past. The Low Code Mendix platform places a user-friendly layer on top of the old systems and offers unified access to many different systems in one user interface, and combined with no-code, users can fix a lot themselves.
This way of developing solutions is also well suited for using both QR codes and new sensor technology where development continues at lightning pace. Both of these technologies fit in well with low-code applications.
“The possibilities for creating a better everyday life by using digital technology are virtually limitless, whether it involves producing something more efficient, providing a better overview of the goods in a logistics flow, or giving customers a better shopping experience. When digitalization is discussed in the boardrooms in the future, it is important that the board members have knowledge of the opportunities that exist and of the changes that can be made that will increase the speed of software development. If the board representatives understand the change in trend, and take on the challenges, we can help them find and develop good, practical and well-functioning solutions,“ Kjeilen concludes.