5 Development Tasks to Automate Using Low-code


Today, we’ll look into several popular use cases of workflow automation in the domain of software development.

1. Single-purpose business apps

Often, there’s a need to build simple yet effective applications to solve specific problems of business users. Developing such solutions from scratch demands a significant amount of time. An alternative would be to purchase a ready-made solution that covers the required functionality.

However, there’s a middle way here: by using low-code platforms, one can build single-purpose apps a lot faster and on a much lower budget. On top of that, you get predictable quality and greater opportunities for customizations, as compared to no-code tools.

For example, DWKit is a perfect solution for developing single-feature business applications on the basis of pre-coded app templates. Besides, it features in-built tools for faster development, such as FormBuilder and Workflow Engine.

2. Back-office systems

As your business grows, there might be a moment when your back office can no longer handle the ongoing flow of tasks and turns out to be inefficient. Then, it's probably time to implement automation. The main challenge here is not to break the already existing workflows.

Adopting an ERP system might really make the difference. However, it’s usually an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. With low-code platforms, things are made simpler, both on the implementation side and when automating workflows. DWKit enables creating and changing forms as easily as in a CMS system and provides lots of customization opportunities.

3. Backend for mobile-first companies

Mobile developers are often focused on their primary business of building their mobile product and can therefore have trouble handling the backend processes. The solution would be either to extend the team of developers or adopt a low-code platform that would enable building a reliable backend.

DWKit, for example, has an intuitive and easily adjusted web interface for streamlining backend workflows and also features an Integration API. Besides, customers get full access to the source code, which allows them to fine-tune the platform to better suit their business needs.

4. Upgrading a legacy application

Low-code tools also prove to be helpful when you need to upgrade or improve an application that is already used in your company. For instance, a number of new features need to be added to the app but the application itself uses outdated technology and needs to be refreshed. One possible solution is to build a new version of the app.

However, migrating the app to a low-code platform with a modern technology stack might be a better option. This is rather straightforward with DWKit. First, you’ll need to import your current database's structure and then integrate the platform with your app using the Integration API. At this point, you can smoothly move the app’s functionality to DWKit, module after module.

5. Internal tools for a non-IT project

Even if your business is not concerned with software development, hardly any company in the modern world can do without an internal information system. When developed from scratch, this might take months or even years until at some point it gets clear that the software is already obsolete and doesn’t meet the business’s needs.

Adopting agile or scrum methodologies along with low-code tools can serve quite well for building complex internal systems. Such an approach allows you to view the results of all iterations at each specific moment. Besides, low-code solutions require less technical expertise as opposed to traditional development, so you won’t need to hire a bunch of software engineers or outsource the task to a third party.

Final thoughts

Using low-code tools is a new and powerful way to approach software development. Not only do they help to automate standard workflows and build common single-purpose applications, but they have also proved to be helpful for handling IT tasks for non-software companies with limited IT expertise on hand. Along with their simplicity and cost-effectiveness, low-code tools can be quite beneficial in terms of maintaining the high quality and uniformity of a company’s IT processes.