What is low-code?

Low-code is the easiest way to develop business applications, fast. It’s essentially process automation on steroids. You map the process you want to create – including steps, actions and end points – and the software takes care of the rest. And once you have your low-code app, you can test, refine and improve it on an ongoing basis.

What are the benefits of low-code?

Solve process issues, fast
Cut development time
Take the pressure off IT – now users with no coding knowledge can share the development burden

So, what is low-code?

Low-code is the concept of enabling rapid development and improvement of software applications. Whilst there are a number of different platforms using the term low-code, a typical solution will include the below features.

Low-code platform features

Drag and drop interface
A drag and drop graphical user interface to help design and build applications.
Business rules engine
A business process engine to create and manage information, relationships and logic rules. And be able to collect data at each point to give you a full history.
Widgets such as tables, charts, maps and forms. That can all be used to create responsive interfaces that work for desktop, tablet and phone.
Automatically triggered notifications to users or customers. Using SMS and email templates, social messages and in-app push notifications.
Tools to create bespoke real time dashboards and reports based on user needs.
Central controller
A central controller to support IT governance and have in-built security and encryption levels.
Integration with pre-built connectors for common enterprise systems. And generic rest API adapters to connect to other systems in particular legacy systems.
App store
Access to an app store that includes pre-built applications and widgets. These can be downloaded and easily configured to avoid having to build from scratch.
What about advanced features?
Some low-code solutions will have more advanced features such as connecting artificial intelligence (AI) to your applications. For example using a chatbot or virtual assistance to answer common questions. Or allowing developers to use bespoke code if needed, to ensure you are not limited by the technology. As well as automated regression testing which can be scheduled or triggered as part of your deployment process.
Learn more about low-code advanced features

What can you build with low-code development platforms?

You can create all kinds of business applications using low-code platforms: little or large. It’s up to you whether you build a cafe or a cathedral.

Four use cases for low-code platforms

Get it to process your orders
Simplify the order process by creating one low-code application that can be used by everyone in your company. That way, there’s no endless cycle of (unread) emails and everything syncs up nicely.

Shatter data silos
Get rid of data silos by creating one system to rule them all. Pull all your customer data together in one central repository that updates automatically. And retain complete control over who sees what, when.

Offer a new service in days
Our low-code solution helps you create apps X10 faster by giving business users the tools they need to build products themselves. Say someone wants to build a mortgage application app. They drag-and-drop the components they need, get IT to test it and then (pending approval) upload it to your site. It’s as simple as that.

Cut out the virtual clutter
Spend less time in your inbox by creating a low-code app for storing admin documents. Meeting minutes, action lists, related content – you can drop it all in app and upload it to your intranet. You can even automate email alerts so people know when you’ve uploaded something relevant to them.
Take a look at our individual use cases

For some quick examples of how people are using our solutions. Take a browse around these use cases, focused on Liberty Create.

Adur & Worthing Councils
We’ve shown we can transform existing services with low-code. Having the ability to create new, digitally-enabled services proves our vision has been justified.
What used to take two days to do now takes ten minutes.

Our flavour of low-code

Take a look at our low-code solution. It’s a powerful and intuitive tool built especially for business users and professional developers.