LOW CODE DEVELOPMENT TECHNOLOGIES EVALUATION GUIDE
At Neutrinos, we are constantly striving to ensure that our Platform and its offerings are state-of-the-art and match world standards. This Report from Gartner will help you to understand and identify the best practices for low code vendors evaluation.
Gartner categorizes the best practices for evaluating low code platforms and identifying which type of platform would work best for the different types of consumers.
Here are the questions we feel you should be asking when evaluating a low code development platform for your enterprise
1. Deployment type
Tooling for either or both developer experience and deployment. Does the platform offer on-premises deployment or cloud deployment? Is there a private deployment option?
2. Developer Persona
Who is the platform for? Is it for a professional developer looking for RAD, a technical citizen developer capable of handling some level of code and therefore, needing a low code development tool, or a business citizen developer requiring an assisted no-code approach?
3. Front end vs Back end
Is a new UX needed or does the entire back-end process need a revamp? If a back-end process automation is needed, it may include a workflow or would greatly benefit from a BPM-style process design and delivery.
4. User Experience
Complexity and sophistication of the UX is increasingly becoming important for all applications, moreover for B2B applications. Is a web-only UX needed or is it required to be multichannel? Depending on the type and focus of the application, MXDP approach or a simple web-based forms approach can be considered.
5. Service Sophistication
The capabilities that the application should possess are also a determining factor. Is the application simply for CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations or is it for composition / event-driven services? Service sophistication of the application plays a role in choosing the right development platform.
6. Market Focus
Some tools are generic while many are becoming increasingly focussed on ERP, CRP, Supply Chain and other specializations. Is a vertical focus needed or is a horizontal focus preferred?
7. Ecosystem and Partners
Only technical specifications may be insufficient for selecting a platform as most platforms generally meet the high standards needed of them. While evaluating a platform, parameters such as local support skills availability, training opportunities, app store and developer communities and service delivery partner quality are of more significance. So would you prefer a DIY or a vendor-driven ecosystem?
8. Governance and Agility
With regard to governance, the ability to measure KPIs for the business, app development and resource usage is becoming an advantage and is a preferred trait in the chosen platform. Platforms that can provide optional features that match BPM features including recording application goals, managing complete application lifecycle etc. are ideal. With regard to agility, does the application need to be adhoc or goal-driven and continuously monitored? Answers to this will pave the way for the correct choice of platform.
9. Software Development Lifecycle
Is it DIY or guided? Does the platform provide guidance for the application development process, upto and including project management? Is AI-assisted development a possibility?
Gartner’s clients are increasingly investigating vendors in this space. We are tracking a growing list of over 200 low-code vendors. This research introduces a simple model that application leaders can use to understand the three basic segments of vendors and identify the characteristics to evaluate for tool selection. Neutrinos is going full throttle and hence we take pride in proclaiming that we are one of your best bets to deploy as your preferred vendor.
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Gartner Inc., Low-Code Development Technologies Evaluation Guide, 26 February 2019, G00381782.