Low-Code with Higher Impact: Don’t Overlook These Low-Code Features

Here are some lesser-appreciated, yet undoubtedly impactful, components of low-code platforms that software teams must consider.

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Low-code, combined with advanced AI, continues to rewrite the book on how software is built—empowering both developers and non-developers to create applications with minimal (if any) hand-coding. While the primary benefits of low-code, such as speed and ease of use, are well-understood at this point, several nuanced features often go overlooked. Recognizing and utilizing these features can unlock even more success with low-code-based application development, making your strategy shift to low-code that much more valuable.

Here’s a look at some of those perhaps lesser-appreciated, yet undoubtedly impactful, components of low-code platforms that software teams must consider: 

  1. Integration. Low-code works best when it works with what you’ve got. Look for low-code platforms that can easily connect to a variety of third-party services and legacy systems. Integrations will often include pre-built connectors and APIs, making it easier to incorporate your existing data and services into brand-new applications. Doing so will significantly reduce the complexity and time required for integrating disparate systems.
  2. Security. It can be tempting to put security on the back burner as you rachet up your application development pace with low-code. Don’t. Make sure your low-code platform has built-in security features like role-based access control and data encryption, and that it meets ever-more-stringent compliance standards. Security continues to be underappreciated in discussions about low-code tools.
  3. Scalability. There’s still a bit of a misconception among some teams that low-code is most suitable for smaller-scale applications. If that ever was the case, it certainly isn’t any longer. Don’t overlook low-code’s enterprise viability for scalable, production applications.
  4. Customizability: Low-code platforms, despite their simplified interfaces, should offer extensive customization options through scripting, code injections, etc.—allowing developers to extend platform functionality to meet their specific business requirements. Look for these features, and combine ease-of-use with advanced customizability to build more sophisticated and scalable applications that align perfectly with what your organization needs.
  5. Automated testing. Automated testing capabilities in low-code platforms help ensure application quality and reliability. These tools can perform unit tests, integration tests, and UI tests—reducing much of the manual effort otherwise required to verify that applications function as expected.
  6. Extensibility: Low-code platforms are often more extensible than they first appear. They typically support custom code insertion for scenarios where pre-built components are insufficient. This hybrid approach allows for the benefits of low-code development while still retaining the flexibility to handle unique requirements.
  7. Multi-channel deployment. Low-code platforms often support deployment across multiple channels, including web, mobile, and desktop. Tapping into this multi-channel capability allows businesses to reach a wider audience and ensures that applications provide a consistent user experience.
  8. Analytics and reporting. Look for advanced analytics and reporting tools that come with low-code platforms and provide important insights into your application’s performance (and give developer teams data to support broader business metrics.
  9. Generative AI. Overlooked? Ok, maybe not. But most developers should still be making sure they are incorporating every viable genAI possibility into their low-code strategy. At this stage in the game, your low-code workflow will probably want to be taking advantage of natural language processing (NLP) integrations, context-aware suggestions, iterative development and refinement, accelerated prototyping and, of course, code generation with high-level specifications provided by the developer. This is the future of low-code (and it’s why we built our own code-generating LLM, AppCoder, into our low-code platform).
  10. Predictive maintenance. Look for AI-driven predictive maintenance features integrated into low-code applications to monitor equipment health and predict failures before they occur—helping reduce application downtime and maintenance costs.

Do more with low-code

Embracing the full spectrum of what low-code can offer will elevate your development strategy significantly. By not overlooking key features like integration capabilities, advanced customizability, and more, those who tap into all of what low-code can now offer will be best positioned to drive innovation and maintain a competitive edge.

Shomron Jacob

Shomron Jacob is the Head of Applied Machine Learning and Platform at Iterate.ai, whose AI innovation ecosystem enables enterprises to build production-ready applications. Shomron began his career as a software engineer but soon found himself learning ML/AI, and switched his professional direction to follow it. He lives in Silicon Valley.


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Shomron Jacob

Shomron Jacob is the Head of Applied Machine Learning and Platform at Iterate.ai, whose AI innovation ecosystem enables enterprises to build production-ready applications. Shomron began his career as a software engineer but soon found himself learning ML/AI, and switched his professional direction to follow it. He lives in Silicon Valley.