Digital transformation is often intimidating not just for consumers and end-users but also for businesses. There’s a lingering false belief that to embrace digitization fully, one should be an expert about software and whatnot. This hinders many organizations from exploring the wonders this shift in technology can do for their enterprises. Luckily, with the advent of innovation, misconceptions like these are being addressed by another technology, such as a low-code framework.

“Low-code is all about changing the way companies deliver enterprise applications,” said Sophia Fonseca, Project Manager at Attaché Docs.

“It is a software development approach that requires little to no coding to build applications and processes as it focuses on driving innovation more rapidly,” she added, noting that a low-code framework is a “game-changer that speeds up the delivery of applications.”

Compared to a traditional software development that requires an entire team to build a custom code for an application’s specific requirements and entails complex and costly processes, a low-code framework skips intensive coding for an application to go right into the production phase.

“Low-code does not necessarily mean low in power. It actually presents a lot of features and benefits for businesses looking for efficient application development,” Fonseca said. “Depending on the use case, it offers configurable components that can be reused in different scenarios.”

She added that a low-code framework enables different kinds of people, including business analysts, project managers, office administrators, and the like, the opportunity to develop, build, and test their apps. In addition, low-code platforms like Attaché Docs bring benefits like increased productivity and turnaround time, flexibility to app changes, improved hindsight, faster time to market, and reduced project costs.

As more and more industries appreciate the benefits of a low-code framework, the market for low-code development poses promising growth. According to a study by Forrester, low-code development platforms will increase by $21.2 billion by 2022, a significant boost from $3.8 billion in 2017.

While traditional software development has been proven as an effective means of building apps from scratch, Fonseca related that this approach often encounters delays due to bugs and coding inconsistencies and requires a maintenance cycle to keep the custom software application secure and up-to-date.

Low-code development, on the other hand, banks on visual tools with intuitive logic and drag-and-drop features. Moreover, since complex coding and syntax are eliminated, apps built from a low-code framework are high-quality, and maintenance is easier and more efficient as it can be done by the respective company that owns the platform.

“To put it simply, low-code is a way for development teams to get more things done. Teams can spend more time creating, building, and spend less time on repetitive work,” Fonseca said. 

An example of an application derived from a low-code framework that provides a wide variety of use cases for businesses and organizations across various industries is Attaché Docs, the in-house product of Monstarlab Manila mainly designed to help companies transform manual paperwork to digital formats.

True to what a low-code framework should be, Attaché Docs allows the creation of digital forms through a user-friendly, drag-and-drop manner.

“Using Attaché Docs, I can easily declare the rules and validation on the field without having to code it one by one, especially if the developer assigned is not that good with HTML or CSS,” Fonseca noted.

Agility is among the strengths of Attaché Docs as a low-code platform. “Whenever clients have customizations, we just add into the base code that the low-code platform produces,” Fonseca said. “It’s easier for us developers to produce a product and ask for client feedback.”

Low-code platforms like Attaché Docs also allow users to see right away how their applications would look like. For security and future-proofing, low-code frameworks enforce security processes and audit trails to protect the platform itself as well as the data being inputted in it.  

Currently, Attaché Docs is being used by many government agencies and law firms in the Philippines to help them eliminate the traditional way of collecting data by filling out papers through customizable digital forms. Attaché Docs also provide a more efficient and accessible manner of collating and categorizing different kinds of information.

With the fast-paced world of technology, going low-code is the way to go. Schedule a product demo now with Attaché Docs and embrace the benefits a low-code development framework can bring to your businesses.

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