The Lowcode Renaissance

Subrato has 20 years of experience in B2B enterprise software, as well as deep relationships with Indian corporates, Global Service Providers (GSP), & Global Captive Centers (GCC). As part of his previous engagements, he was instrumental in establishing business for B2B software companies Sprinklr, AppDynamics, and BMC Software. Subrato & his team were in charge of all three Go-to-Market strategies in India, including customer success, partner network development, operations, and sales execution.

The Backbone Of A Scale-Up Strategy
When we look at any medium to large scale industries today, it is all about transitioning to a software driven world rather than a physical brick-and-mortar one, and we all know that software is going to drive a lot of development challenges for customers who want to go cloud native. They want to expand and see whatever is being developed must undergo constant change from an agility standpoint, because there is a constant need for developments as developer skills are dwindling day by day as demand grows. So, at some point, we will need to automate our software development process in order to increase or scale up the maximum output while discussing business ideas. We have seen customers from a variety of industries, including banking, media, insurance, and government, who are looking to transform and digitise their operations and processes in order to increase the agility of their work. Today, we can see a lot of emerging cases coming from various verticals in APAC, who are looking to transform the digital operation process, and the majority of which include key verticals like BFSI, healthcare, insurance, security, and manufacturing.

Today, the term low code has been widely misused. It's more about how complex enterprise applications are driven

So, basically, the business side is scaling up on these many areas because, at the end of the day, it is linked to a couple of themes. For example, if we look at any customer today, he is looking for a faster time to market and expects an overall value that will provide him with a better customer experience. Even developers working on any technology want to work faster in order to bring perfection and agility to their work, resulting in a better employee experience. As a result, in the face of unprecedented challenges, we need to adopt constant change to transform our digital operation process in order to effectively scale up our business.

Improving Customer-Experience With Low-Code Technology
Today, the term ‘low code’ has been widely misused. It’s more about how complex enterprise applications are driven. Thus, when we talk about complex enterprise applications, we must consider the same issues that we are having in terms of application security, infrastructure security, and so on. Therefore, we perform these standard checks within application security and infrastructure security and offer our platform to customers in a variety of models, including on-prem and PaaS. In terms of application security, this is equivalent to how you build robust mobile applications which are protected by default, as well as the top security threats identified by the OUWASP. Each platform upgrade is automatically incorporated with the latest features and pre-built components to simplify security & role-based access to ensure the right team members have access using static code as a part of the platform.

Thus, the overall process consists of providing the customer with a key to how they can implement in a virtual private cloud infrastructure for all customers to ensure that they have secure access from an on prem standpoint, with VPN and uploading of custom SSL and TSL certificates.

Since we are certified by all the rights including security agencies or compliance companies to ensure that whatever we are attempting to put in front of customers, the platform is secure from all the perspectives. Considering security an important factor, a 24/7 security centre basically keeps track of everything. And a continues release of patches on a regular basis to ensure that the customer's environment is secure.

Low Code: Innovations Or Security Catastrophe?
Given the benefits that low code platforms can provide to both professional and citizen developers in terms of speed, simplicity, and productivity, it's easy to see why their use is rapidly increasing. However, as with any new approach to software development, businesses and IT teams must be aware of the potential security risks. But as of now there is no risk when we talk about risk today with low-code platforms. Because, if the customer chooses the PaaS platform, we will take care of the entire infrastructure monitoring; the customer will only need to focus on developing the application, which will obviously help to drive and maximise his effort. What if the customer chooses an on-prem solution? In that case, we ensure that we provide adequate support to the customers so that they do not encounter any issues with the platform as it is hosted on their server and is managed by their team. As a result, there is a lot of process to go through which includes enablement, training, and handholding.

We use our professional services certification program to make sure that the platform is up and running in the right way. For this reason, the customers can drive as many applications as they can develop in order to maximise their digital transmission.

Future Of Low-Code In The Enterprise Landscape: Automate Without A Heartbreak
‘In a few years from now, we are going to look back to the ‘good old days’ with nostalgia and remember how we as professional coder used high code for the simplest of app developments’.

Today, low-code application developers can quickly design a simple application without having to worry about coding syntax and language structure, dramatically reducing the time required to build the application and for the organization to maintain the digital transmission goal. Within the APAC, there is a lot of automation going on, and it is globally transforming into a low-code platform like OutSystems. According to an IDC study,the use of application development tools for automation is increasing all over the world. The APAC enterprise leaders rely on a variety of model driven application tools, with 29 percent planning to implement low-code tools. Given the current situation, the numbers in today's digital environment will increase under any circumstances. As per Forrester Research, the low-code market segment is expected to reach around 21.2 billion by 2022, with a compounding annual growth rate of around 40 percent, which is insane in the same way that the automobile industry has transformed from hand to robotic process through robotic automation.

People will adopt Low-code automation during application development in the near future so that they can spend more time doing something better for the company rather than just developing applications. And the demand for the skills will be substantial in order to continue expanding and progressing.