Published: 25 January 2023
Low-code application platforms provide abstracted, guided development, automation and governance capabilities, enabling professional and citizen developers to rapidly develop digital solutions. Software engineering leaders should use this research to compare enterprise-grade LCAPs.
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LCAP vendors — and even the narrow subset that meet the criteria of this research — vary greatly in terms of several aspects of their offerings. These aspects include industry-specific and general purpose technical components, developer experience features, deployment options, platform scalability and support for a multichannel user experience.
LCAP vendors are adding new features to their integrated development environments (IDEs) to satisfy the requirements of a wider developer audience. These features include (but are not limited to) application and component templates, premade functional components, AI-assisted development and governance controls.
Vendors that initially focused on citizen developers are trying to
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- User Experience Design
- Development Productivity
- Business Logic and Workflow
- Integration and APIs
- DevOps Practices
- Platform Extensibility
- Security and Quality of Service
- Transactional Applications for B2C Use Cases
- Business Workflows and Systems Integration
- Back-Office Apps With Pro and Citizen Developers
- Modernization and Innovation With Prototyping
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