What Is Low-Code and How Does It Work? 2020 Edition

Kushagra Pal on September 04, 2020

Low-code is a framework or environment which enables enterprise users to build business apps with minimal coding. Low code is a disruptive technology where time-consuming manual processes are automated, without manually writing scripts in a programming language using a cloud-based or installable visual IDE environment, and an interface that connects to the back-end and database.

Instead of intricate back-end code and libraries, low-code uses a model-driven development approach that allows enterprise users to create their apps. Low-code abstracts and expedites each phase of the Software development lifecycle (SDLC) to enable developers and enterprise users to create business solutions at speed.


Low Code Vs. Traditional Development

Traditional Development

Traditional development refers to working collaboratively with a team of programmers and software developers to write code in some programming language in an IDE or some development environment to create an app.

It starts with gathering a team of developers and laying down the requirements, analyzing the business workflows, and mapping them into software by writing scripts in some programming language.

The greatest advantage of traditional programming is that it consists of well-defined segments, due to which programs are simpler to understand, quicker, and efficient.  Also, they can be read sequentially, and after deployment can be rectified or modified.

The traditional development approach is suitable only when the requirements are clear. i.e. when the user clearly knows what they want and can ensure that there will be no significant changes in scope throughout the development of the project.

Although the traditional development method is perfectly fine and an acceptable approach, such developments often become complex, costly, and delayed due to various factors such as:

  1. Bugs in programming
  2. Imprecise estimation of project
  3. Software testing problems
  4. Lags in development infrastructure

Moreover, a traditional development method requires the developer to conduct a continuous maintenance process to maintain the apps stable and up-to-date.


Low Code

Low-code refers to the technology that lets you visually build business applications and help your enterprise IT teams work faster and increase delivery rates by empowering the business user, the citizen developer, to take part in the app development processes.

With emerging technology, organizations have recognized the necessity to undergo a transformational change. Low-code platforms are an ideal choice because they deliver various benefits such as agility, speed, and flexibility. These platforms provide a visual interface that enables users to build apps with incredibly simple-to-use features such as –

  1. Drag and Drop Builder
  2. Workflow Builder
  3. Database just like excel sheets
  4. Automation
  5. Rule Engine
  6. One-click deployment

Low-code platform provides full access to the repository of pre-built functionality and components that users can drag-and-drop to create an entire app.  Moreover, many low code platforms provide pre-built apps to choose from that can be customized according to the requirements to build business solutions.


How does a low code platform work?

Abstraction is the Key

Low-code platforms abstract the code and show only the functionalities which are relevant to the end-user thus reducing the difficulty involved in creating an app. In a couple of minutes, you can prototype an idea, verify a concept, and can analyze its feasibility. DronaHQ lets you develop an app visually using drag and drop builder to arrange app components (text box, list, checkboxes, etc.) in one-tenth of the usual time to create a full-fledged app.

User handles 10%

The app’s end-user has to feed only the business logic in the low-code workflows, and the platform itself does the rest.

DronaHQ Studio Abstracts 90% of the code

App- Deployment, Security

App Server- Optimisation, Load balancing, Performance

Database- Security, Maintenance, Availability

Server-  Availability, Security, Uptime, Load balancing

Network- Maintenance, Security

Multi-channel output – Mobile and Web


Why do organizations need low-code?

What compels any of us to use anything is surely the benefits the thing brings to us. Similarly, businesses need low-code because of the benefits that come using low-code technology.

There are many benefits of using a low-code platform. Some of them are: 

  1. Using low-code, business becomes more agile, which results in iterative development, incremental delivery of capabilities and solutions.
  2. Low code does not require any IT infrastructure to create an app, even a business analyst who understands the requirements can create their solutions.
  3. Low code development is 10X faster as compared to the traditional approach to build enterprise applications.
  4. Scalability and flexibility to add more resources when required.
  5. Low code platform offers the best in class enterprise-grade security to secure enterprise data.
  6. Many low-code platforms provide ready connectors to integrate database and other third party applications
  7. Many low-code platforms provide provision to host the app on-premise or on private clouds.


Who can build apps using low-code?

Professional Developers

IT professionals, software developers, and professional programmers can use low code platform to speed up their projects to deliver more in less time. IT teams can use low code technology to create innovative technical solutions for solving complex business issues. Low-code offers a dedicated Integrated Development Environment (IDE) or cloud based environment for programmers to develop custom applications, integrate databases, leverage the microservice architecture, advanced analytics, automation, workflows, and cloud architecture.

Citizen Developers

Enterprise users can create their apps using low-code platforms without relying on IT departments of the organization. IT departments can lay down the guidelines for citizen developers regarding the low-code platform to keep the check on the Shadow IT problems. Following the instructions, citizen developers can create their solutions with/without the assistance of IT departments.

Low code platform speeds up the app development process from months to a few hours or weeks. With such a pace, IT teams get more time to collect feedback from users and make adjustments to satisfy the requirements of the business units. This speed results in a better collaboration between IT and business units.

Moreover, citizen development initiatives can also result in a greater collaboration between IT and business units. Using low-code platforms under the guidance of IT departments, citizen developers can create their business solutions.  By mediating these citizen developers, each department can collaborate, culminating in a stronger partnership and better alignment between the business and IT departments.


Who is low-code right for?

You can make your projects future proof using low code.

Your business has never been short of ideas, but you may have fallen short of resources to launch them in the market as fast as needed. Low-code has drastically minimized and even eliminated the need for coding, resulting in faster and future-proof app development.

Scalability emerged as an essential feature when it comes to future-proofing the apps. Low code empowers enterprise users and developers to scale up or scale down their applications as per the user transactions without worrying for server provisioning and load balancing.


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Customer Testimonials


Wipro opted for a Single Enterprise App approach with DronaHQ. The ITeS giant built more than 45 internal employee engagement apps to promote app usage and eliminating app fatigue, app discoverability challenges.



With DronaHQ’s low code platform, Mondelez gamified its salesforce engagement process and built three apps for its sales force to encourage participation and productivity towards the company, especially in the event of new product launches.



LTI achieved operational efficiency, built a digital mindset among employees by developing new apps, and transforming existing ones on the Low code App Development Platform – DronaHQ.


Being a trusted name in providing low-code technology, application leaders from startups to Fortune 500 companies rely on DronaHQ to build enterprise tools and drive real value.

If you are looking for a platform to automate a new or existing business process feel free to write us your requirements at inquiries@dronahq.com