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In today's fast-paced digital world, more and more organisations are turning to low-code development platforms to streamline the application development process.
These platforms enable businesses to develop software quickly and with little coding required, reducing the need for extensive programming or coding experience. They provide base-level code, scripts, and integrations so both developers and non-developers can prototype, build, and scale applications without needing to develop complex infrastructures.
While there are a host of different low-code development platforms on the market, not all of these solutions are made the same.
In this top 10, we’re counting down ten of the best low-code development platforms that stand out for their high ratings in the software development space.
Our number 10 spot goes to the Now platform – ServiceNow’s single, unifying foundation for digital business app development. Now Platform is a highly versatile, scalable cloud solution that allows users to drag and drop components, construct workflows, and connect services with ease. The platform's AI automation tools enable businesses to respond swiftly to changing market demands and deploy apps as quickly as possible. Its additional, real-time collaboration tools enable cross-functional teams to work harmoniously ensuring that applications are developed efficiently, tested thoroughly, and deployed seamlessly.
Whether developing simple applications or complex enterprise solutions, Now Platform effortlessly adapts to evolving business requirements, ensuring that applications can accommodate increased demands without compromising on performance.
Pega’s low-code development platform allows businesses to optimise efficiency by giving business users, developers and IT teams what they need when they need it. The platform allows teams to seamlessly accelerate app development by defining core application elements – like outcomes, users and data – to jumpstart and accelerate app development.
It also offers a host of intelligent automation and workflow capabilities, enabling teams to not only automate simple tasks and eliminate unnecessary manual work but also ensure that your processes are producing optimal outcomes. These capabilities, paired with Pega’s intuitive and seamless user experience, allow businesses to intuitively build apps with beautiful, engaging end-user experiences that can be seamlessly deployed to any channel.
When it comes to low-code development, Retool provides all of the building blocks out of the box. Featuring over 100 expertly handled components designed to handle every data type and UI for internal tools Retool allows users to spend time assembling applications from dragging and dropping rather than having to invent their UI from scratch.
Low-Code by Kissflow
Kissflow’s Low-Code platform brings business and IT teams to align and turn their ideas into useful business applications. It enables teams to build, test and deploy applications instantly from the platform, automating repetitive business tasks so that teams can focus on more important work. Developers can design their business processes by simply dragging and dropping and taking charge of the whole development process with forms, task recipients and alerts for every stage of development.
The benefits don't stop there. With Kissflow’s Low-Code platform teams can also set up rules to automatically route non-linear processes to the appropriate collaborates based on if they meet specific criteria. Or, of course, they can simply set up processes on autopilot, meaning they can get their work done rather than working on repetitive development tasks.
Oracle’s Application Express (APEX)
With its intuitive and user-friendly interface, even those without extensive coding expertise can create robust applications with Oracle. The company’s application Express platform allows companies to reduce the reliance on scarce technical resources and alleviate the burden on IT departments. Developments can simply automate their data flows with low code to build trusted data lakes for machine learning and analytics using Oracle’s OCI integration.
This cuts down application development time massively by providing rebuilt connectivity to all SaaS and on-premises applications, while also allowing teams to run-ready process automation templates and a low-code visual builder for web and mobile application development. Oracle also provides prebuild connectivity so that teams can connect any SaaS, on-premises, or customer application 4 to 6 times faster through pre-build adapters, recipes and templates that speed up the process and accelerate innovation.
Power Apps by Microsoft
Microsoft’s Power Apps is an excellent choice for companies looking to build professional-grade low-code applications with ease. Ranked as a leader for low-code applications with the likes of Gartner and Forrester, Power Apps is the only solution on this list that brings together low-code development, self-service analytics, and automation into a single, comprehensive platform. Teams can quickly build and share powerful low-code applications through the platform’s host of apps, services and data platforms that foster rapid application development to build custom apps based on business needs.
Power Apps is a platform as a service (PaaS), enabling teams to create applications that run on any mobile device or browser with new capabilities without having coding expertise. As an industry behemoth, Microsoft also boasts connections with various Microsoft-based and third-party applications, including the likes of SharePoint, SQL server, Google Docs, Dropbox, and Dynamics CRM
Appian’s AI-powered low-code development platform stands out for its incredible scalability and flexibility. The platform is designed to scale with business needs – whether that means supporting a few users or hundreds of thousands – and can be easily integrated with other systems, including CRM and ERP. It also offers a flexible low-code platform that can be easily customised to meet to unique needs of a business, with a drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy to create and modify applications.
Built with security in mind, Appian is one of the most secure low-code development platforms on the market, offering granular security controls, encryption, and compliance with regulatory standards. It also supports a wide range of data sources and APIs, allowing everyone to work together to build and improve applications. Its social collaboration tools and features such as comments and notifications, keep teams connected throughout the development process, ensuring that applications are delivered on time and on budget.
With its extensive suite of powerful low-code and conventional tools, Salesforce accelerates every stage of the app development process. The platform offers 12 industry cloud solutions, all of which use its LCAP capabilities for extensibility to empower teams to build Salesforce apps with little to no coding required. Salesforce makes it easy to compose interactive apps with low code using Dynamic Interactions, which uses pre-built web components, that communicate, exchange data and react to user interactions. They can be added to any app without code, allowing developers to focus on more important aspects of the app development process.
As one of the most popular low-code development platforms on the market, Salesforce consistently unveils new capabilities in three annual releases and releases patches throughout the year. It also boasts one of the largest marketplaces in the world, with its AppExchange featuring over 7,000 resources, and a dedicated community supporting 74,00 developers – which is unmatched in the low-code space.
OutSystems’ low-code platform brings high performance to low-code development, uniting design, code and deployment into a single system that simplifies the process of creating business-critical software while keeping it always on and always up-to-date. The platform is one of the few solutions on the market with a singular focus on high performance, enabling teams to develop applications with serious productivity fast, while also eliminating waste and overhead so developers can get on with the creative business.
Recognised by Gartner’s Magic Quadrant as a leader in low-code development, OutSystems stands out for its incredible enterprise-grade platform features and extensibility that bolster professional development experience and enhance productivity. It also offers a revolutionary approach to software engineering, allowing no-code developers to produce applications and application components of any complexity, and in turn, broadening the platform’s use cases and technical scope.
Our number one spot goes to Mendix, an industry-leading low-code platform that empowers developers to deliver game-changing enterprise apps with ease. Renowned for its comprehensive support for both beginners and seasoned developers, Mendix provides a platform where all skill levels can thrive. From data models or integrating with other systems, developers can build applications with confidence and tackle complex problems with ease thanks to Mendix’s suite of automation stalls, dedicated community of developers and all-inclusive marketplace.
In the Mendix Developer Portal, each app lives in its own central project space with tools for collaboration, Agile project management, backlog management, feedback management, and DevOps. This allows teams to Manage projects easily with built-in tools that enable them to create, refine, and prioritise user stories collaboratively using conversation threads. With additional features such as portfolio management, which help enterprises mitigate risk, maximise value, and ensure alignment with business and IT goals, developers can rely on Mendix to provide effective low-code development.
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