Low-code no-code platform adoption has gained record-high momentum in the last couple of years. Gartner predicts that over 50 percent of large and medium enterprises will have adopted a low-code application platform as their strategic applications platforms by 2023.
Developing advanced apps for the Internet of Things (IoT) can require extensive integration of a disparate mix of technologies, including IoT endpoints, back-end systems, and data sources. Additionally, organizations that need to build IoT applications need specialized skills to ensure effective configuration and maintenance of these technologies properly.
So, can no-code and low-code platforms eliminate the accessibility challenges in the development of IoT applications and enable organizations to drive better results?
Low-code and no-code are often used interchangeably, but the main difference is the individuals who use these modern platforms to create advanced apps. Essentially, these development tools allow less experienced individuals with no coding knowledge to build apps. Low-code development platforms (LCDPs) require a little bit of coding experience to develop complex applications, while no-code development platforms (NCDPs) don’t require any coding knowledge at all. On both, citizen developers and professional developers use drag-and-drop features and a visual user interface to bring the project together.
Low-code/no-code development platforms also provide rapid app development opportunities for all kinds of technologies including the Internet of Things (IoT). Software developers and integrators use these platforms to boost and accelerate IoT development without experts. Since a typical IoT setup features various applications and devices, integration using regular development is not feasible. Low-code/no-code platforms using an application programming interface (API) based integration approach can reduce the complexity.
The current versions of low code and no-code platforms can easily integrate with most IoT platforms. Once developers are set up on the IoT platform, they can easily create complex processes and scripts running on the managed devices without any major technical experience or knowledge. This enables faster development and more reliability, as there is little room for human error.
All major industries that require operation technology assets can benefit from using low-code/no-code development platforms to build IoT applications. It’s often hard to transfer knowledge of operational technology to data analysts. Even if you have a team of data analysts, they will need to find out whether they can find the right insights that the company can benefit from. Low-code and no-code platforms will help you achieve this and empower operators in an incredibly powerful way.
Also, companies that manage physical operations including logistics, manufacturing, HVAC, robotics, energy, and building management can reap the benefits from low-code/no-code platforms. These industries face significant problems in hiring enough experienced developers to write and create mobile apps that fit the current market. The increasing demands in time and efficiency plus the high level of integration can benefit from the right no-code or low-code platforms. These platforms can provide and share data that can be useful when monitoring production, and ensuring that the organization’s upgrades are done on time and reported accurately to the overseers.
Most industries that want to build IoT-based products can benefit from using no-code and low-code technologies as long as they have a strong IoT platform to gather and command the applications and devices. They should also understand the capability of these platforms including what features might affect the build of working IoT applications. Understanding the application’s ecosystem can go a long way toward helping determine if the current platform is robust and flexible enough to manage the flow of IoT apps that is expected of it.
Using low-code/no-code solutions, developers can create large-scale IoT applications in less time than it takes to achieve the same outcomes using conventional app development techniques. This approach allows more people to contribute to the development of specific apps and systems, as opposed to just developers with special knowledge. Camber understands the individual needs of every business. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to app development, we help you determine whether existing tools and solutions with low-code/no-code can help you build your ideal digital product from development to launch in the most efficient way possible.
Get in touch with our team of experts to help you discover how to use this app development method to bring your ideas to life and accelerate your IoT development efforts!