Meet low code: examining in value

Time:2022-1-15

Summary:The value brought by low code technology to enterprises is reflected in multiple dimensions. On the whole, it can be summarized into three categories: reducing cost, improving efficiency and increasing value. This paper describes it from three perspectives: supporting enterprise innovation, supporting enterprise response to demand changes and supporting enterprise flexible operation.

This article is shared from Huawei cloud community《Meet low code: examining in value》, author: agile Xiaozhi.

The value brought by low code technology to enterprises is reflected in multiple dimensions. On the whole, it can be summarized into three categories: reducing cost, improving efficiency and increasing value. This paper describes it from three perspectives: supporting enterprise innovation, supporting enterprise response to demand changes and supporting enterprise flexible operation.

Support enterprise innovation

Low code technology is suitable for supporting batch reference innovation in a low-cost way.High code technology is suitable for leading innovation to create unique competitiveness at high cost.

Enterprise innovation values results, that is, input-output ratio. High cost investment is needed to obtain unique competitive innovation; However, more combined innovation is obtained by learning from the successful experience of others. It is necessary to reduce the input cost so that enterprises can dare to try, try and make mistakes quickly and adjust their business.

The essence of low code technology is to abstract and solidify various common patterns, and quickly build applications by arranging and combining these patterns, so as to achieve the business goal of cost reduction, efficiency improvement and value-added. Therefore, the low code platform is more suitable for rapid replication of existing models for reference innovation.

The supporting effect of low code platform on innovation is mainly reflected in three aspects:

Cost reduction:Including reducing labor costs and outsourcing costs. Using low code technology to build applications, while reducing the requirements for the number and skills of the development team, the natural labor cost has been greatly reduced; In addition, the use of low code technology can quickly customize the application system required by the current business and reduce the dependence on finished software.

Efficiency improvement:Low code platform can improve the efficiency of application construction, including shortening learning cycle, improving development speed and reducing repeated wheel building. The low code platform can also accelerate the whole application life cycle, simplify packaging, deployment and upgrading, and improve the speed of application evolution.

Value added:On the one hand, the low code platform can more easily mine the value of existing systems, including aggregating existing system capabilities and using existing system data; On the other hand, it can add additional value to the built applications, including improving application quality (such as enhancing safety and reliability) and adding capabilities to applications (such as automatic equipment AI capability); On the other hand, it can participate in the low code platform ecology and obtain direct commercial value.

Respond to changes in demand

Changes in market demand will be reflected in changes in business scenarios or functions, resulting in changes in the requirements of the application system under construction. Under different business scenarios, the business will also have different variability, and the support means provided by low code are also different:
Meet low code: examining in value

In the face of business changes in various application scenarios, low code platform can help enterprises achieve faster response and lower investment.

Support flexible operation

Low code technology plays an important role in supporting enterprise business continuity. We understand the flexible operation of an enterprise as business continuity, that is, resilience in resisting risks. Business continuity can be reflected in three aspects:

Health

Whether the enterprise business can resist the negative impact of external risks. There are risks related to it system, such as resisting security attacks and bearing more than expected business volume; There are also covid-19 risk factors such as the new crown epidemic and negative public opinion. These impacts may impact the enterprise business and fall into a “disease” state. Low code technology has good performance in resisting the following aspects:

Safety:Compared with traditional development technology, low code technology can bring better security to it system. In particular, the low code technology of cloud service mode has been protected layer by layer in the physical layer, network layer, system layer and application layer, such as security firewall, operating system reinforcement, key management, ultra vires and CSRF attacks. At the business application level, low code technology helps realize business layer security through declarative security settings, such as declaring password fields, declaring sensitive information, declaring data domains, etc., without requiring application developers to write security related code.

In addition, low code technology also plays a good role in protecting intellectual property rights, such as setting up developer IP white list, application encryption and packaging, and installing applications requires license.

Concurrency:Low code technology can cope with large concurrency and traffic fluctuation. In particular, the low code technology of cloud service mode adopts k8s based elastic distributed architecture at the bottom, which can be expanded horizontally and elastically. Low code technology uses a variety of caching technology and performance load technology in the engine layer, which can enable application developers to develop high-performance and high concurrency applications without understanding concurrency and performance technology.

However, low code technology is still in its infancy in terms of short-term traffic explosion in specific scenarios. Because the short-term high concurrency architecture required by different business scenarios is different. For example, the architecture for fast-moving product orders and seat ticket orders is different. Low code technology provides a solidified general architecture mode, which has limited support for specific scenarios.

Reliability:The low code technology of cloud service mode has the capabilities of fault detection, automatic recovery, data backup and recovery, redundant architecture, etc. it can provide high reliability guarantee without the attention of application developers.

Sustainability

Whether the business of the enterprise can be operated continuously for a long time, and the business will not be terminated due to some force majeure. For example, in case of natural disasters, or the capital chain breaks, or the core supply chain breaks, etc.

Disaster recovery:Low code technology of cloud service mode, with remote disaster recovery capability.

Accessible:Whenever and wherever possible, the covid-19 will be able to access the environment, such as the new crown, which can be developed remotely.

Replaceable:Help enterprises unify the technology stack and reduce dependence on a single application provider. But reliance on low code tools themselves also carries sustainability risks.

Growth ability

Whether the enterprise business can continue to grow and evolve. For example, technology obsolescence, old systems, insufficient personnel updates and other reasons may lead to business stagnation.

Application:The application of low code technology development can be continuously evolved and upgraded. Low cost innovation brings continuous growth of business.

Technology:The low code platform itself will continue to evolve and upgrade, ensuring that the application built by the platform has advanced technology.

Team members:Team members who use low code technology can continue to develop in the direction of business architect, product design, system analysis, etc.

Low code is still facing challenges

Low code technology is still in the early stage of development, and will face many challenges in the actual promotion and application process.

1. Low code technology is still in its infancy, and its technology and capability are not mature and comprehensive enough. Many existing products can not cover end-to-end business scenarios. After studying and trying out some low code platforms, many customers think that they can only build simple and complex applications, not core support systems, so they regard the low code platform as an auxiliary development means rather than a main productivity tool.

2. Enterprise digital transformation requires strong top-level business architecture design ability to achieve the goal of global sharing and stimulating innovation. However, most traditional enterprises lack the ability of business architecture design, resulting in the use of low code platform only as the development tool of the project. Therefore, the real value of the low code platform has not been brought into play in many projects, and the final improvement effect is not bright enough.

3. Low code technology lacks industry unified specifications, and it is difficult to build unified specifications. The capabilities and use methods of low code platform products from different manufacturers are completely different, so it is difficult for developers to use their experience across platforms, and it is more difficult to realize the migration of developed applications between different low code platforms. This leads to the slow ecological prosperity of low code technology compared with high code development language and IDE. Moreover, each manufacturer can only develop its own ecosystem, and it is difficult to communicate between ecospheres.

Low code is neither silver bullet nor magic medicine. In the early stage of development, it inevitably faces many problems and challenges. However, it does represent the trend of the next it era and is exuding its charm in various practical application scenarios.When we use low code to create value for the enterprise, we are also embracing the next it era.

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