A new category of mobile app development has firmly laid its ground in the market, one that promises to help users design and develop enterprise apps quickly and efficiently.

As most organizations struggle to fill in the gaps of limited internal development resources, lack of budget and time to deploy custom apps to their employees, low-code platforms are giving non-technical users the power to develop fully-functional enterprise apps quickly.

Demand for mobile apps is expected to see a 21 percent compound annual growth rate and be worth $101 billion by 2020. With that kind of demand from business users, IT needs tools that can help mitigate a growing backlog and improve user and organizational management satisfaction.

Eliminate Complex Coding, Add Visual Editor Tools

Building custom mobile apps in-house require thousands of lines of complex coding by skilled developers and several months to complete. By the time it is done, it has likely exceeded budget requirements and is past deadline, leaving IT burned out and facing a laundry list of bug fixes, testing, and feedback of often disgruntled employees.

Cue low-code app development solutions that are giving analytical-minded but non-developer employees the opportunity to work with IT to develop business apps with a drag and drop process for designing  user interfaces for all types of endpoints. With advanced solutions that give users access to pre-built templates for common use cases and form factors, color palettes, drag-and-drop smart features (GPS, camera, signature, etc.) and the ability to connect directly to existing systems, there is no need to know how to code or develop native apps that work across multiple operating systems. Since drag and drop editors are relatively simple to use, they usually require very little training to have your non-technical users developing apps in no time.

Eliminate Data Silos, Add Simplified Integration 

Every business has critical data that their users need to be efficient at their jobs. However, this data is often stored in multiple enterprise systems, APIs from external entities and shared drive folders. When data is siloed and cannot easily work together, it becomes even more difficult to develop apps with traditional and in-house custom methods.

With low-code solutions, IT and your new non-technical app developers can expect a simple, visual approach to connecting existing data sources and configuring business logic directly into the app from the platform. With traditional methods, configuring multiple systems is nearly impossible and time-consuming.

Eliminate Guessing, Add Real Value

When developing with low-code solutions, your team has the opportunity to try out new ideas for increasing functionality and driving value for your organization. Since apps can be developed quickly in a visual studio setting, a group of users can test the app and give feedback on its usefulness and business impact.

Solutions like PowWow Mobile’s SmartUX Platform gives your team the opportunity to test apps on any iOS, Android or Windows device-view as you build and modify it to meet business requirements. Finally, when the app has been tested and is ready for company-wide deployment, your team can expect a streamlined approach as well as integration with leading MDM & EMM providers.

To learn more about how low-code app development platforms can help mobilize your organization’s existing workflows, click here to download our “Top 5 Benefits of Modernizing and Mobilizing Enterprise Applications” white paper.