An Introduction to Low-Code Platforms
Low-code software is at the forefront of a movement that allows almost any business user to design and build applications to solve problems and increase productivity.
An Introduction to No-Code Platforms
No-code software is at the forefront of a movement that allows nearly any business user to design and build applications to solve problems and increase productivity.
What is low-code?
Low-code refers to software designed for the rapid development and delivery of software applications or workflow automations. Low-code software allows users with little or no coding experience to build the solutions and apps they need using a visual, drag-and-drop interface.
These platforms are described as “low-code” because they require less coding than conventional software development methods.
How do low-code platforms work?
Code is a set of instructions that a programmer converts into a machine-readable language. Once the instructions are translated into code, the machine can understand and complete its task.
Not everyone possesses coding experience, which means that team members on the business side need to collaborate with programmers to get apps or solutions built. In some cases, this dependency can slow down development, especially when programmers have limited bandwidth.
Low-code alleviates this bottleneck by reducing or eliminating the amount of code needed to develop an app, automation, or workflow improvement. Low-code platforms use visual interfaces and drag-and-drop menus that allow non-technical users to design and build an application.
For example, the process of building a form may involve the following steps:
When developers create a form, they translate each order into lines of machine-readable code. The code to create a basic form might look something like this:
A low-code platform — like Pipefy — displays the front-end elements, back-end procedures, and third-party integrations in graphical form, which a user can arrange and manipulate using a visual user interface. The low-code platform carries out these graphical representations of instructions as if they are written in code.
So, creating a form in Pipefy looks like this:
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Low-code vs. no-code
The terms “low-code” and “no-code” are sometimes used interchangeably, but there is a subtle difference. No-code platforms are designed with the end user in mind; they are “no-code” in the sense they don’t need any coding experience from those using them to develop apps and workflows.
Low-code platforms provide the same no-code capabilities to business end users, but do require some coding on the back end in order to integrate the software with the existing tech stack and to enforce security and compliance measures.
Learn more about low-code vs. no-code.
Benefits of low-code
Pipefy is a low-code solution that makes it simple to design and build applications, so companies can quickly launch complex, scalable, automated workflows without writing a single line of code.
There are many benefits of low-code platforms, including:
Accelerates digital transformation
Increases the pace of digitalization and process automation initiatives.
Enhances legacy stacks
Integrates with existing tech stacks to dissolve data silos and build seamless user experiences.
Reduces errors and makes it easier to enforce security and compliance by standardizing processes.
Applications and automations are developed and deployed faster than conventional development.
Business units respond more quickly to competitor activity and customer feedback.
Reduces IT backlog
Business units no longer need to send every request change or workflow optimization request to IT
Pipefy's low-code BPA platform
Pipefy’s intuitive, low-code business process automation (BPA) platform solves the most common obstacles to digital transformation. Low-code automation gives businesses the power to easily automate processes, scale operations, and maintain agility by helping business teams help themselves.
Pipefy integrates with existing tech stacks to orchestrate processes and unify workflows across every department — including Finance, HR, Sales, Marketing, and Customer Service.
Pipefy's capabilities include:
Easy-to-build, low-code automations
Process modeling and visualization
Process orchestration across teams and departments
Integration with legacy tech stacks and existing apps
Reporting features that transform information into insights
Document generation and routing based on conditional logic and rules