Low-code applications; Visual user interfaces to solve challenges

What makes low-code applications (or Apps) unique compared to our other Hyperautomation offerings is the visual interface. Low-Code Apps are designed to be used by non-technical users and are interactive, making it a widely applicable automation solution for users across your organisation.

Low-code apps for business

Low-Code Apps are a versatile solution with an array of applications. It is a solution on its own, such as creating a user friendly interface for complex systems within your organisation. Or it can provide an interface for complex automations such as RPA or AI solutions, serving as a front-end for solutions running on the back-end of your organisation.

Benefits of low-code apps

Short development period

As there is no complex code involved, Low-Code Apps are created considerably faster than traditional methods. This enables you to act fast and respond to internal and external needs quickly.

Improves the quality and speed of process execution

A suitable solution across your organisation increasing efficiency and optimising existing processes.

Applicable to all technologies and all users

Low-Code Apps provide an interactive and user-friendly interface, extending access and usability of complex technologies to virtually anyone, enabling all departments to contribute to innovation.

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Low-code in hyperautomation

As mentioned above, Low-Code Apps can provide a front-end solution to complex technologies running in the back-end, such as Artificial Intelligence (or AI). This enhances the quality and usability as more users can access the solution. 

Besides the user interface, Low-Code Apps generally encompass integrations and automations to reach the goal of optimised efficiency, reducing errors and contributing to innovation across organisations.

The types of Low-code apps

There are three different types of apps to distinguish between: responsive web apps, progressive web apps and native apps. Each type of app serves different tactical purposes in a business environment, and the choice between them can depend on factors such as the intended audience, required functionality, and budget constraints.

Are designed to adapt their layout and functionality across different devices and screen sizes using responsive web design techniques. This ensures that the application provides an optimal viewing experience—easy reading and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling—across a range of devices from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones.

Business Use Case: A responsive CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system allows sales team members to access client information and updates easily, whether they are in the office, on their computers or using tablets and smartphones in the field. This flexibility improves productivity and responsiveness to client needs, crucial for maintaining competitive advantage.

Are a type of application software delivered through the web, built using common web technologies including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. PWAs are intended to work on any platform that uses a standards-compliant browser. They feature offline capabilities, push notifications, and device hardware access, which enables them to deliver an app-like experience on the web.

Business Use Case: A B2B e-commerce platform can be developed as a PWA to allow customers to browse products and place orders even when they are offline. Once an internet connection is available, the app syncs their orders with the server. This functionality is particularly useful for field sales agents or at trade shows where reliable internet connectivity might be an issue.

Are applications that are developed specifically for a particular mobile platform in its native programming language, such as for iOS and Android. These apps can directly access the hardware of the device such as the GPS, camera, microphone, etc., which can enhance performance and user experience.

Business Use Case: For a B2B logistics company, a native mobile app can utilise the GPS and real-time tracking capabilities of mobile devices to manage fleet operations more efficiently. The app can provide drivers with route optimisations, delivery tracking, and even capture signatures digitally, enhancing the operational efficiency and delivery performance.

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Our software partners for Low-code app development

At Ciphix we implement a best of breed strategy. This means that we collaborate with Leaders from the Gartner Magic Quadrant, enabling us to develop and implement the most innovative solutions for our clients in each step of the value chain. Leaders are defined by Gartner as having the highest ‘ability to execute’, measuring the vendor’s capacity to deliver their products and services effectively, focusing on product quality, customer support, and operational efficiency. Together with ‘completeness of vision’ which assesses the vendor’s understanding of market trends and their ability to anticipate and meet future customer needs.

Mendix accelerates digital transformation by enabling faster app development, significantly reducing time to market and associated costs. Its collaborative environment enhances cross-functional teamwork, making it ideal for complex project requirements across all departments. The platform’s scalability and flexibility support dynamic business needs, making it an excellent choice for operations that require rapid adaptation to changing demands. Mendix’s comprehensive approach helps streamline development processes and foster innovation across all levels of an organisation.

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Microsoft Power Platform enhances business operations through deep integration with the Microsoft ecosystem, facilitating seamless data flow and management. Quickly build custom business apps that connect to your data stored either in the underlying data platform (Microsoft Dataverse) or in various online and on-premises data sources (such as SharePoint, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, SQL Server, and so on). It empowers organisations to make informed decisions with advanced data analytics and visualisation tools provided by Power BI. With Power Automate, the platform simplifies process automation, improving efficiency in routine tasks across HR and finance departments. Accessible to users of all skill levels, it democratises application development, encouraging a culture of innovation and continuous improvement.

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Frequently asked questions

Low-code development simplifies software creation through visual tools, enabling users to build applications with minimal coding. It accelerates development, supporting rapid prototyping and deployment, valuable for organisations responding quickly to changing business needs. Low-code applications provide all opportunities for customisation, thereby ensuring both functional and design needs are satisfied.

Low-code offers streamlined, cost-effective solutions, empowering non-technical users, fostering collaboration, and ensuring scalability. It improves user experience and aligns seamlessly with customer goals and budget constraints, reducing time-to-market and development costs.

Low-code applications occupy a pivotal position within the realm of emerging technologies, seamlessly integrating with various innovations to enhance software development. Low-code applications can collaborate with technologies such as AI, Process Mining, Integrations (iPaaS), RPA, IDP (Intelligent Document Processing), RPA and many more.

Low-code apps play a crucial role in Hyperautomation by enabling automation (with human-in-the-loop) and integrating seamlessly with various technologies and other systems. Thereby enhancing efficiency, productivity, and user experience in organisations.

Low-code platforms facilitate seamless integration with databases, APIs, and other systems. Using APIs, web services, and connectors, you can link applications with external systems, ensuring interoperability and data consistency across your IT landscape.

Yes, platforms like Mendix, OutSystems, and PowerApps support both web and mobile app development, providing versatility to create applications that cater to a wide range of user needs.

The cost of low-code application development varies based on factors like platform, project scale, and organisational needs. While it can reduce costs and development time, consider licensing fees, maintenance, and scalability. Cost-effectiveness depends on individual use cases and benefits gained from accelerated development.

Absolutely! Mendix and OutSystems allow extensive customisation, ensuring your applications align perfectly with your brand and operational requirements. These platforms provide a creative canvas to tailor solutions uniquely to your business.

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