In a new report, Forrester has evaluated the growing market of low-code / RAD platforms, identifying the leaders in the market. For the many businesses looking at these solutions, Forrester’s research provides a useful guide to an emerging landscape of technology and terminology.

Why are low-code platforms important right now?

The biggest challenge for businesses today is keeping up with the pace of change. Our digital world has removed huge barriers to entry and multiplied the competition. Just to remain profitable organizations are under unbelievable pressure to create innovative business models and cut costs  while improving customer service. Speed, efficiency and agility are essential requirements for success, and traditional application development is just too slow. Low-code platforms provide a solution.

Forrester defines low-code solutions as:

“Platforms that enable rapid delivery of business applications with a minimum of hand-coding and minimal upfront investment in setup, training, and deployment.”

The five types of low-code platforms

The latest report offers an important categorization of the options on the market, separating them according to top use cases – identifying key strengths and capabilities. As shown below, it splits low-code platforms into five areas:

Categories of Low Code Platforms

Recognizing the power of process platforms

What stands out most to us is the ‘Process’ category, an increasingly popular group of process-centric platforms from companies with deep Business Process Management (BPM) experience (including Bizagi). These are very different from the more IT-centric code compiling RAD platforms. They respond to today’s essential requirement for alignment between business and IT in order to unlock efficiencies and achieve digital transformation.

Forrester’s report defines that this category of low-code platforms is most useful for:

  • Orchestrating processes that cut across multiple silos and systems
  • Visual modelling for process, forms and tasks
  • Addressing complex process and collaboration scenarios

Speeding up the innovation process

Today’s digital economy creates a need for your business to adapt and react fast – which may require bespoke applications and fundamental changes to key business processes in weeks, not months. That’s where these process-centric platforms come in.

Low-code platforms in Forrester’s ‘Process’ category offer guardrails for more efficiently managing the app development, delivery and update process. So if these goals and challenges we’ve described sound familiar, then these guardrails could help you move faster, cutting the man hours and lead time required to deliver apps – delivering benefits to your business sooner. The time saved can then be re-invested into building more of the apps that your organization needs.

Want to know which solutions Forrester picked out? The research report covers the top 14 providers, evaluating their best use cases and strengths.

Get your copy of ‘The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms, Q2 2016 >