What is Low-Code?

Definition: Low-Code is a method of developing software using graphical interfaces. Instead of building software traditionally by writing complex programming code, the Low-Code approach employs drag-and-drop visual models to create applications with modern user interfaces, integrations, and data. In this way, companies can deploy their applications productively much faster.

Benefits of Low-Code

  • Development cycles are shortened: This saves costs and gives you an advantage over the competition.
  • Fight the skills shortage: IT professionals are expensive and scarce? Low-Code development increases the number of employees who can participate in software development.
  • Gain a market advantage: Digitization and automation of processes shorten lead times.
  • Avoid expensive “shadow IT”: Low-Code development in an application composition platform (APC) allows internally developed applications to be reused and merged.
  • Speed up development processes: By repeatedly using the same process and templates, development becomes faster and faster, while maintenance remains simple and cost-effective.

Used Terms

Drag & Drop Interface

A user-friendly interface that allows users to design applications just by dragging & dropping pre-built components and templates, rather than having to write code for them.


An Application Composition Platform (ACP) is a software platform that provides tools and services for building, integrating, and deploying custom applications from pre-built components or modules. These components or modules can either be custom built or obtained from a library of pre-built components.

Joint Low-Code & Pro-Code Application Development

Whenever requirements in projects go beyond the provided functions of the Low-Code tool, corresponding extensions must be built. This succeeds in a format that is as non-proprietary as possible to ensure scalability and openness.

Java and JavaScript have established themselves as programming languages with a high degree of diffusion and a large community. They enable access and convergence between citizen developers (Low-Code) and software developers (Pro-Code) in one platform.

Citizen Developer

A Citizen Developer is an employee from a specialist department of the company, but not necessarily from IT. This person usually has no programming skills but has in-depth knowledge of his department or the business processes for which he is developing an application.


A feature that allows users to connect and integrate low-code applications with other systems, such as databases, APIs, and external services.

Advantages of the Scheer PAS Low-Code Platform

  • Flexible and fast response to new and unknown market conditions by the business department and IT.
  • Acceleration of development cycles and reduction of misunderstandings between IT and business through a uniform process language.
  • The participation of qualified non-IT employees reduces the dependence on IT specialists.
  • Use of systems, data integration, and Low-Code application development in one single platform.
  • Reduction of maintenance costs by combining integration, process automation, and application development in one Low-Code platform.
  • Full flexibility in the development process.
  • Continuous quality improvement through transparent analyses of processes and applications in integrated process mining.

Low-Code as a Platform

Low-Code as a platform (LCAP) refers to a software development platform that enables users to create and deploy applications with minimal or no coding. The platform provides a graphical user interface (GUI) and pre-built templates and components that can be used to create and customize applications.

Low-Code Application Development with Scheer PAS

Scheer PAS is a modern cloud-based software that is one of the first platforms to combine the disciplines of Integration, Process Automation, and Low-Code Application Development in one Application Composition Platform.

Scheer PAS Low-Code

With Scheer PAS Designer, employees can develop processes, applications, and integration as a BPMN model. In this way, standardized BPMN elements are used to quickly and easily develop microservices that map business processes via drag & drop.

Scheer PAS Designer

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Role-based processes such as approval procedures are secured by including role elements.

Scheer PAS Form Editor

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The use of the integrated form editor enables the design of complex web-based forms and applications. Standardized form elements such as input, date, or selection fields can be freely assembled via drag & drop.

Scheer PAS Integration & Data Mapping

Linking and merging data and systems is possible via the Low-Code mapping diagram. The developer defines the source and target system as well as the data to be exchanged and what is to be done with this data, for example a calculation or a business rule. In this way, both multiple sources and multiple targets can be easily linked.

Glossary of Low-Code Terms


No-code is a type of software development that allows users to create and deploy applications without writing any code. It is similar to Low-Code, but with an even more user-friendly and intuitive interface that allows non-technical users to create and deploy applications without programming knowledge.

Agile Software

Agile software development is a methodology for managing software development projects that emphasizes flexibility, collaboration, and rapid iteration. It is an iterative and incremental approach to software development that emphasizes working software over extensive documentation.

Low-Code Application

A Low-Code application is created using a visual, drag & drop interface, rather than traditional coding methods. Low-Code applications are intended to make software development more accessible to a wider range of users, including non-technical staff, by providing a graphical user interface (GUI) and pre-built templates and components

Case Management Software

Case management software is a type of software that is used to manage and track the progress of specific cases or tasks. It allows organizations to automate and streamline their case management processes, including tasks such as case assignment, tracking, documentation, and reporting. It usually includes features such as task management, document management, and workflow automation, which enables users to manage and track the progress of cases, and to collaborate with other team members.

Cloud Deployment

Cloud deployment refers to the process of delivering and deploying software and applications over the internet using cloud computing infrastructure. Cloud deployment enables organizations to access and run their applications and services on remote servers, rather than On-premises servers or personal devices.

Workflow Automation

A feature that allows users to automate business processes, such as approvals and notifications, by creating and configuring workflows using pre-built templates and components.

Code Generation

The process of automatically generating code from visual diagrams and models created in the Low-Code platform, enabling the creation of more complex or specific functions.