What is low-code application development?
Low-code is a way to design and develop applications with little or no coding. Low-code platforms empower businesses to build custom solutions with innovative functionalities that cater to specific business models. These platforms offer intuitive visual builders, ready-to-use code snippets, form and report templates, and built-in connectors that speed development and extend the ability to innovate to a broader set of people. Users can jump right in to building the application, as these platforms eliminate typical processes, like creating frameworks, modeling data, and developing user interfaces.
- Visual Builder
- Form and Report templates
- Ready-to-use code snippets
- Built-in connectors
What can you build with a low-code platform?
Businesses can leverage low-code platforms to build applications that cover any number of use cases.
Customer engagement applications
- Customer service management
- Appointment booking
- Point of sale
Line of business applications
- Operations management
- Supply chain management
- Accounting and financing
- Asset management
- Task management
- Customer relationship management
Low-code vs traditional application development
Low-code platforms offer several advantages over traditional development technologies.
- Low-code PlatformsTraditional Programming
- Who develops the application?
- What will be the cost of development?
(TCO) License-based pricing that allows you to pay as you grow and save on the massive amount needed for traditional development and infrastructure.Upfront investment for infrastructure setup, developer fees, continuous maintenance, and more.
- How fast is development?
(Development Time) Ready-to-use code snippets and templates allow you to accelerate application development by 10x. Need multiple teams to build applications from scratch and involves extensive coding and multiple revisions of the prototype.
- What about mobile devices?
(Multiplatform)The same application works for mobile, the web, on-premise, and in the cloud.Applications need to be developed separately for each platform, and code can’t be shared between Android and iOS.
- Is my data protected?
(Security/Privacy)Whenever an update is available, all the applications running on the platform are automatically updated, ensuring complete safety of your data.Demands application-level security initiatives, which need to be manually configured by the developer.
- Will it fit into my existing ecosystem?
(Integration)Easy coupling with external and existing systems with a wide array of out-of-the-box APIs and smart integration tools.Requires considerable scripting and testing of compatible code to integrate with new external applications.
- How do I update my applications to match latest technologies?
(Upgrades) Low-code tools periodically roll out latest updates and features to all applications built on them. Difficult to integrate the latest technologies across platforms (web and mobile) once the application is deployed.
- Can I scale my application?
(Scalability/Changes)Platform-level upgrades that integrate latest technologies and features occur regularly.Scaling after deployment is a cumbersome task that demands the involvement of various teams—development, testing, production.
- What support comes with my application?
Simplify application development with Zoho Creator
Zoho Creator enables you to build applications faster while giving you the freedom to customize your application considerably. Switch to Zoho Creator and free yourself from some of the most challenging aspects of software development.
Form builder Collect data faster with online forms
Creating forms on Zoho Creator is faster than filling them out! Gain access to 30+ field types with auto-validation, customizable themes, and hundreds of form templates, to create just about any form you need, without writing a single line of code.
Workflow builder Get productive with automatic workflows
Set up business workflows in a snap with our user-friendly, drag-and-drop workflow builder. Use our ready-to-use code snippets to create automatic workflows, send automated messages, trigger actions based on user inputs, schedule routine tasks, speed up multi-tiered approvals, and configure payments.
Report builder Drill down to specifics with customized reports
Choose from a wide variety of report templates, and create reports that suit your exact needs. Analyze your data with features like custom filters, grouping, and conditional formatting, or leverage AI-powered features to drill down into your data.
Page builderTrack key metrics with interactive dashboards
Bring all the important reports together to create meaningful dashboards and gain a 360-degree view of your business. Use components like widgets, gauges, buttons, and custom KPI panels to add everything you need and get a quick understanding of what's happening.
Find out why our customers choose us
"To build an application the traditional way, we had to learn Java, PHP, and more. With Zoho Creator, we can save 90% of the development time, and build even a critical application in a fraction of the time."
A.K. SaravananDeveloper, Team Everest
"I was so delighted when I saw members from the accounting team, from admin, from HR—who are not even programmers—developing web and mobile applications with minimal help from IT. To date, we have 46 applications hosted using Zoho Creator."
Jojo GuingaoChief Digital Officer, AEV
"Zoho Creator's cool because it's cloud-based, easily customized, and accessible from lots of different devices. It automated a ton of what we do and made our lives a lot simpler."
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