Low-code application development

What is low code?

Low code is a software development method for creating interfaces and applications with the aid of simple visual and model-based elements. Using a low-code platform, it is possible to use graphical modeling methods to create both processes and interfaces. This means that low code partially or entirely replaces the classic programming approach of line-based coding.
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Low code is particularly useful for specialized departments, as it allows them to sketch out simple interface requirements and develop a low-code prototype. As a rule, low-code developments are done in software or platform solutions created specifically for this purpose. These specially developed low-code platforms usually offer the flexibility that comes with having both hosting and application operation based in the cloud. 
What does low-code application development mean?

Instead of using classic text-based programming languages, low-code applications provide a development environment for software that uses visual design tools and graphical modeling techniques.

Benefits of low-code development at a glance

Reduced development cycles

Unlike traditional line-based coding, low code makes it possible for so-called “citizen developers” to create applications. Thanks to the processes and the visual presentation of complex relationships, IT and other specialized departments can work together more efficiently.  Companies that use low code thus develop software in a faster and more goal-oriented way.

Home-grown IT specialists

Software developers, back-end developers, and specialists from the IT industry are in higher demand than ever. As a result, many manufacturing companies (for example) are increasingly hiring their own software developers to become less dependent on software suppliers.

This makes it all the more important that companies not stop their in-house software development. With low-code platforms, employees with a good grasp of IT ("citizen developers") can also get involved.

Shorter process times with digitalization and automation

Low-code platforms not only help accelerate processes in software development; they also provide enormous benefits in end-to-end digitalization and the partial or full automation of processes. IT and other specialized departments can use them to sketch out processes, create workflows, and design interfaces. The low-code process also makes it easy to integrate these interfaces and applications.

Integration into IT environments

Once interfaces and applications have been developed on a low-code platform, they have to be integrated into an existing IT environment in the right way. Otherwise, there is a risk of application-specific silos that will give rise to shadow IT. Modern low-code platforms facilitate both the development and integration of applications. The advantage of low-code platforms is that the process is always the same. They also facilitate the development of both interfaces and services.

Low code with Scheer PAS

Our customers face the challenge of having to develop more and more applications in ever shorter cycles. The time-to-market for new digital solutions is essential to satisfying the requirements of complex business environments. To that end, anything from simple workflows to highly complex company applications can be developed and rolled out with the aid of the Scheer PAS Platform.

Many low-code platforms are limited in terms of the level of complexity they can handle. For companies that can't afford to compromise on performance or accept design restrictions in their critical applications, Scheer PAS Low-Code enables seamless implementation through the classic process of pro-code development. In other words, you can start developing applications in Scheer PAS using a low-code approach and then employ more complex features in pro-code development.

The best of both worlds

While low-code development platforms normally support either pro code or low code, Scheer PAS combines both approaches. This means that experienced users ("citizen developers") can use PAS Designer to develop simple processes with BPMN and then, for example, create the design of the user interface using drag-and-drop. At the same time, this ensures that more complex features can be developed directly in pro code.

Maximum efficiency in new digital solution development on one platform.

Model-based implementation of entire projects on one platform.

Simple and uniform web-based tooling.

Seamless transition from low code to pro code. No more limits on requirements and full, constant flexibility in the development process.

Cost-efficient and tool-based implementation of your projects in cooperation with your specialist and development departments  ("fusion teams").

Direct link to the integration component of the platform in one tooling.

Do you want to provide processes or individual functions in-house or externally? Use API Management and a corresponding developer portal to securely and efficiently manage your company-wide APIs.

Administer all the platform's components and the applications developed on it in one interface.  

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