March 5, 2024

Selection Guidelines for Navigating the Low-Code Landscape.

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The choice of a low-code solution is not as simple as we all hope it to be, as there are many factors to take into consideration before making your investment. Like the deliberation between building or buying software solutions, this decision can and will shape the trajectory of your IT Strategy and/or at least the specific project, thus cannot be left to chance.  

What Criteria Do You Need to Consider Before Committing?

This blog will guide you through the key criteria to consider when selecting the right low-code framework or platform, underscoring the importance of aligning your choice with your unique business needs and requirements.  

Understanding your business needs.

Before diving into any software development project, it's imperative to gain a comprehensive understanding of your organisation's requirements. Some key considerations include:

  • Type of Applications: Define the applications you aim to build, whether they are customer-facing, internal, or data-driven solutions.
  • The business use case: Clearly articulate the specific business objectives driving the development of these applications. Take the top 5 critical business use cases into consideration.
  • Industry-specific requirements: Account for unique industry standards or regulations that may impact your choice of low-code platform.
  • Level of complexity: Assess the complexity of your applications, factoring in advanced business logic, workflows, and integration needs.
  • Resources: Evaluate the technical expertise and capacity of your development team, considering their skills and the experience level of the developers, designers, and other.
  • Deployment preferences: Decide on your preferred deployment method, be it on-premises, in the cloud, or a hybrid approach. When considering cloud, are you going cloud native and do you have a multi cloud strategy or not.
  • Budget available: Do you need to go motivate for budget or do you have budget available already. Do you need to do a POC to evaluate success criteria before budget will be released? Do you need to consult with experts to get a budgetary cost estimate? Here are some rough guidelines on How Much Does App Development Usually Cost.

By understanding these factors, you can outline the features and capabilities crucial for your low-code solutions according to your strategy, ensuring it is a tailored for your business objectives and goals.

13-Step Guide on How to Choose the Best Fit Low-Code Development Platform.

Navigating the low-code landscape requires a systematic approach. Here is a quick 13-stepguide on how to choose the best fit low-code development platform for your business as explained above:

1. Identify project requirements and goals.

2. Evaluate the ease of use and user interface.

3. Assess customisation options and flexibility.

4. Consider integration capabilities with existing systems.

5. Consider prebuilt components and available accelerators based on your use case.

6. Consider the size of the community and the development talent pool in your region.

7. Analyse scalability and performance, including hosting options and available regions.

8. Review security features and compliance.

9. Compare pricing and licensing models. .

10. Research available low-code development platforms (LCAP).

11. Match the short-listed platforms to your specific use case(s) and consider these platform capabilities:
      - Governance
      - Security
      - Application Logic and Workflow
      - Developer Experience
      - DevOps Practices
      - Integration and APIs Platform Extensibility
      - User Experience Design Quality of Service

12. Seek feedback from current users and community members.

13. Make an informed decision and consider a proof of concept (POC) with predefined success criteria as part of the decision-making process.

Selecting the right low-code solution is a strategic decision with far-reaching implications for your IT Strategy and consequently, the software projects developed using these platforms. Reduced development time, cost savings, and increased efficiency are compelling benefits, but an informed decision is crucial.

Choosing the best fit low-code solution requires a careful consideration of your IT Strategy, the use cases, and a projects unique requirement, but the good news is that JustSolve as the #1 Low-Code Development Company™ has you covered.

Still not ready to pick a solution or still considering the flexibility of traditional code-based development?

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