The use of this technology, which allows the development of complete applications without great programming knowledge, grew after the outbreak of the crisis.
2021 is the year of The Low Code. Since the arrival of the pandemic, this technology has been experiencing exponential growth in Spain for months. More and more companies decide to digitize their services through tools that, in addition to being easy to use and implement, save companies costs in their scanning process. And one of the great advantages of Low Code is that it allows the development of complete applications without the need for extensive programming knowledge.
The truth is that it is a technology, according to the manager of Nexllence in Spain, Gabriel Pazos, that was not designed for a type of company or a specific. “It is a platform that allows to develop any system for any type of sector”, assures Gabriel Pazos, although if he had to choose, he would opt for this solution for those companies “that have a very high commercial need”, since it is one of the strengths of this technology.
This is where Appian operates, one of the most prominent companies and probablythe one that has a presence in Spain with regard to Low Code. Appian Iberia regional vice president Miguel Angel Gonzalez says these technologies are up to twenty times faster than traditional developers, and denies that in his case the fact that it is a less code application is less customizable.
However, Jordi Cabot, professor of Software Engineering Research at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC), believes that these applications may be less customizable due to the fact that there are steps that the system performs “by default”.
This UOC professor, however, believes that Low Code technology is more useful for companies that make management applications. “It’s in web applications that they handle and manipulate databases that Low Code has better results,” he says.
Another benefit of this technology, which accelerated its expansion in Spain as a result of the pandemic, since companies had the need to make a rapid transition to the digital world without relying on customized projects, is the opportunity that gives anyone to make use of these tools to develop their own digital platforms without being an expert in the field.
“This is an interesting and focused applicationfor small and medium-sized enterprises that allows them to digitize and reduce costs,” says Gabriel Pazos. However, Jordi Cabot believes that “prices are still too high” to be accessible to the bulk of our country’s SMEs.
Thus, The Low Code is a technology that has not yet been implemented in bulk in Spain, but its growth has been very fast in recent months. Experts are clear that the trend will continue in the future, especially, as noted by Nexllence, for the “many difficulties” that exist to find good developers in the country in traditional technologies, an aspect that Cabot also agrees with. “There are already success stories that help us grow faster,” says Gabriel Pazos.
In addition, Low Code technology is closer to people without much experience, although the manager of Nexllence in Spain notes that “yes, they must be certified and formed in the knowledge of the technology, but the barrier to entry is much smaller. “
The simplicity of Low Code is definitely making its way, though later than in other neighbouring countries. This is the case in France or Germany, but also of Portugal, “where there is a long tradition of this technology,” says Gabriel Pazos.