Let’s be honest: we all want to save money. You’ll be glad to find a cost-effective solution whether you’re a small businesses owner or a representative of a big company. And if that solution is quick and easy, that’s your jackpot. The name of that jackpot is low-code application development.
Indeed, low-code development is a fast (thanks to pre-built functionality) and cost-effective (because you don’t need a fleet of software engineers) way to develop apps.
And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s time to jump on the low-code bandwagon. Forrester Research reports that the total spending on low-code tools will surpass $21 billion by 2022, growing by 40% YoY. In addition to that, Gartner predicts that low-code application development will account for more than 65% of all software delivery by 2024. Not too shabby for an approach that allows building small applications without a huge tech team.
“Sure, low-code sounds nice, but what can I personally do with it for my business or industry?” Say no more!
There are plenty of examples of low-code use cases, and we’re here to tell you about them.
This article shows 15+ low-code use cases based on Acropolium’s experience developing different low-code applications.
We split these low-code app examples according to industries, explaining the prominent use cases of low-code for various SDLC stages. Curious if these low-code project examples are suitable for your industry? Keep reading to find out.
The use cases low-code development is best for
The beauty of low-code development is that you can create an app for your particular needs with little or no help from the development team (provided that you even have one).
Here are five examples of low-code use cases that work for businesses from virtually any industry:
- UI design. Building an appealing AND functional user interface is hard. A lot depends on the user’s operating system, browser version, libraries, toolkits, and various dependencies between them. Low-code tools help quickly generate and easily update code for a variety of devices and platforms, from mobile to web to desktop.
- Integration. This is one of the most requested use cases of low-code, which includes seamlessly combining different CRMs, CMSs, and other applications into a cohesive system.
- API generation. Many legacy systems do not provide APIs for modern tools. Low-code API generators help automatically build APIs based on the existing application code.
- Business project management. BPM systems might lack some features you need, like data analysis or management. But low-code tools can help you quickly build the necessary functionality.
- Docker containers. Putting a low-code system into a container run on Kubernetes allows to quickly build the needed development environment, from bare-metal servers to VPS, on-prem cloud, or public cloud platforms.
Whatever your company does and whichever type of application you develop, using low-code tools can help you create the required functionality with ease.
But don’t take our word for it — here are some examples of great apps built with the low-code approach.
Top 15 low-code use cases for solving business problems
The low-code approach minimizes the effort needed to solve smaller business problems and frees up the tech department to handle critical issues. Allow us to show you several examples, some of which come from Acropolium’s portfolio, of how using the low-code approach has helped real-life companies.
B2C mobile app
Developing and maintaining a B2C mobile application no longer requires a team of software engineers. With low-code, you can build a cross-platform mobile app, providing rich functionality for users.
Here’s how we did it for a healthcare provider. The app helped with quick and easy user grouping and treatment plan management using a simple questionnaire for patients with various addictions.
Web-based customer portal
Self-service customer portals are a great way to add a revenue stream. Not to mention, they reduce your customer support team’s workload by letting users perform basic actions themselves. A user can get a quote for a product or service, look up an article in the knowledge base, adjust their profile details, or quickly browse through your range of offerings — all without contacting your team and minimizing the waiting time.
Acropolium built a self-service portal to help a popular restaurant digitize and adapt to post-COVID-19 reality. Its customers can now browse the menu, add their orders to the cart, pay, and order delivery through a chatbot within a messenger app.
Instead of trying to build a new Facebook, market players deliver turnkey social network solutions that serve a specific purpose. Meet Hango, a proximity-based geolocation low-code application that helps people find events nearby and form groups to discuss them, locate each other, and communicate if they get lost in the crowd.
Once again, instead of trying to provide a one-size-fits-all product, it’s best to solve a specific problem for your target audience.
Acropolium helped a client build a wellness social media app, providing stress-less browsing for its users. The cross-platform application allows users to stay up-to-date on niche topics across a variety of sources and consume content in a healthy manner.
Splitting a monolith app into microservices
Containerization is one of the low-code use cases we mentioned above. Splitting a mission-critical app into separate microservices enables rapid development and updates, independent reboot on-demand, and improved cybersecurity. With 62% of businesses aiming for microservices, low-code is poised to help them save time and effort.
If a company has always concentrated on providing mainly physical products or services, building an app to digitize sales can seem intimidating. Low-code platforms help quickly prototype, A/B test, and roll out feature-rich software at a fraction of the time it takes to develop a traditional SaaS.
Supply chain management
Users enjoy ordering goods using mobile apps. However, when it comes to managing the supply chain, most businesses still have to deal with disparate data storage systems, a ton of spreadsheets, and manual workflows. Mobile-based supply chain management portals allow for flexible field operations.
Scanning a QR-code of a faulty material batch takes a second, same as reporting on the current stocks or getting in touch with another field agent via a built-in messenger. Since most of these functions are common and available in low-code platforms, you can build very helpful mobile apps yourself.
As businesses discover the value of IoT, they struggle with integrating smart IoT endpoints with legacy systems, organizing the data flow, and presenting the outcome as actionable, context-aware insights. But the low-code approach helps speed up the integration process and provides APIs and user-friendly data output systems.
Capital request apps
Running a branched-out business means ordering and approving various expenses. And there, of course, are tools for that. But the problem is that most of these tools are riddled with complicated forms and lots of fields for data input. Low-code, on the other hand, ensures such solutions remain mobile-friendly suited for smart devices.
Such tools help streamline capital management and budget approvals while ensuring scaling on demand. Add the ability to build API connectors to centralized data storage systems, and you’ll see why businesses turn to low-code development.
Many organizations have to enforce internal rules and policies to comply with regulations (GDPR, ISO, HIPAA, etc.). So their admins should quickly create and introduce new rules and policies should the need arise. The staff should also be able to easily navigate regulatory data and find the rules applicable for the situation at hand. Well, low-code development allows businesses to rapidly build such applications and keep all regulatory compliance data at your team’s fingertips.
Booking corporate resources
Complanie may not have enough meeting rooms, projectors, or other equipment for all the necessary meetings to take place. And while some ERP and HR systems have a booking option, it’s usually done manually in a commonly available schedule everyone can edit.
The problem here is that it’s hard to track changes and stop conflicts. But by developing a low-code booking app, your organization can ensure transparency and simplicity of managing limited resources.
Not all companies have the luxury of keeping a software development team in-house. And even if they do, it’s usually swamped in tasks, developing complex solutions. So, they probably won’t have the capacity to develop this tiny app that would be so helpful for the Sales office.
But with low-code application development, you can leave the engineers to do more complicated tasks and allow citizen developers, aka your non-tech employees, to build simplistic apps that solve specific problems.
There always are cross-departmental or company-wide processes that affect the operational efficiency of your entire organization. Think accounting, business intelligence, real-time ops monitoring, etc. There are off-the-shelf solutions for solving these challenges on the market, but they might not suit all your needs, and adjusting them can be costly and time-consuming.
Low-code development helps address this problem by providing flexible tooling for creating software uniquely suited for your operational needs.
Business unit IT tasks
All business units tend to have internal routines they still perform manually. If you’ve been putting off automating them because your software department was busy, go low-code. With low-code application development, you can empower your teams with simple tools that are easy to deploy and adjust on request.
This applies to anything from automating HR toil to managing office lunch orders. Most importantly, it is done at a fraction of the time and cost full-scale software development would take. And sometimes, such pet projects can grow into products and open new revenue streams for your business.
Omnichannel endpoints for core systems
Capturing data from a variety of endpoints (from APIs to cloud-based storage, databases, or even legacy mainframe systems) and structuring it can be a tall task.
Low-code helps solve this problem by providing tried and tested routines that ensure predictable and fail-proof operations of various endpoints. After properly securing such connections, they greatly enhance your organization’s operational efficiency.
Can you see what a huge potential low-code has? We’ve just listed 15 low-code app examples that solve different business problems across many industries. And now, let’s take a deeper look into the benefits each industry can get from low-code project examples.
Industries that benefit most from low-code development
We’ve demonstrated that low-code apps can be beneficial to virtually any company. However, there are industries that benefit a bit more from this approach. Here are four of them.
Low-code in education can help at scale. For one thing, you can create apps to track K-12 class attendance or monitor the remote learning process. It can also help with providing mobile assets for Learning Management Systems in higher education. When variables change constantly, and education has to adapt rapidly, releasing the necessary tools quickly and seamlessly is a great investment.
Healthcare providers run complex IT systems and face the need to provide patients with access to data across various platforms while ensuring HIPAA compliance. A low-code for healthcare approach can help by providing HIPAA-compliant code from appropriate frameworks when developing simplistic patient-facing apps. For example, deploying a self-assessment and visit scheduling app using low-code will take much less time than developing such functionality from scratch — while also ensuring data security and regulatory compliance.
Financial institutions can benefit greatly from using simplistic low-code apps to give customers access to their services across a variety of platforms. Building and updating such apps is much simpler compared to extending the functionality of complex back-end systems, many of which are written in outdated languages, running on a mainframe.
eCommerce and retail
There are many tasks an online or offline merchant must accomplish daily — from order management to supply chain monitoring and delivery tracking. Sure, you can use the functionality provided by big eCommerce platforms for that, but you are limited with its set of features.
And if you don’t want to stick to eBay or Amazon, you have to go with Magento, WooCommerce, or any other ready-made software since developing something like this from scratch is very demanding. However, you can achieve great results using low-code apps to deal with all your everyday eCommerce or retail business challenges.
Now that you’ve heard enough of how great low-code development is, let’s look at the other side of the coin.
Read also: Low-code for logistics & supply chain.
When low-code development is not your best choice
Despite the numerous benefits of the products you can build with a low-code app, the approach isn’t right for every situation. Avoid low-code development if you don’t want problems with:
- High security demands. As most of the code is auto-generated, many developers rely on frameworks to cope with security requirements. However, such apps should later undergo an additional stringent security check. Because ensuring compliance might require adjusting the automatic code quite heavily, it’s best to write such apps the traditional way, with a focus on security.
- High performance. When execution time is key, it’s best not to rely on auto-generated code, as it will not be optimized for performance. So if you need your app to deal with heavy loads rapidly, think of performance from the start and build the app accordingly.
- Lower TCO (total cost of ownership). Auto-generated code will consume more resources due to not being optimized. This is barely noticeable at first, but when your apps work at scale (especially in the cloud, with its PAYG model), the difference in TCO will be colossal.
- Accessibility. While a low-code application will not necessarily neglect the accessibility requirements, you might need to optimize it to work with voice input, screen readers, and other accessibility tools. The best way is to prototype your app using a low-code platform and then additionally optimize it for accessibility.
These are examples of low-code use cases that might need additional consideration — or have to be totally avoided. Still, there’s a huge range of low-code use cases that allow saving on development time and costs while providing reliable code quality.
Make low-code development work for your company
As you can see, low-code use cases cover a wide range of business applications for multiple industries. While there are some cases when low-code apps are not ideal, they do solve a variety of problems, the main ones being operational efficiency, cost reduction, and time-to-market. The question is, how do you ensure this all works for your business? Find a reliable technology partner, obviously!
Acropolium offers end-to-end software development services, including low-code and BaaS, or Backend-as-a-Service, approaches. We have nearly two decades of experience developing enterprise-grade systems, mobile and web apps for companies big and small. This knowledge allows us to select the best approach to any software development project, choose the most relevant technology stack and delivery model that provides the most value for your business.
The great quality of our work is proven by multiple customer reviews on Clutch, as well as the fact that five of our customers have been trusting us for more than ten years.
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