January 29, 2024

Building a motorcycle and an enterprise application are the same

Authored by Vani Gupta, Executive - Product Marketing, WaveMaker, Inc

Imagine building a motorcycle from scratch — an intricate process that demands a combination of mechanical skills, electrical knowledge, and an aesthetically pleasing design. This motorcycle boasts best-in-class engineering, exceptional riding dynamics, and outstanding fuel efficiency. However, despite its superior qualities, its sales remain low, continually losing ground to its competitors. Remarkably, the competitor’s motorcycle is priced higher and has lower fuel efficiency. Upon conducting a customer survey, it was discovered that the competitor’s motorcycle stands out due to its modern design and easy riding dynamics.

In a similar vein, why should a software enterprise product strive to compete in the market solely based on its sound idea, backend, and frontend, neglecting the crucial aspect of user experience (UX)? Omdia, an independent research firm, highlights this in its latest report titled “Omdia Universe: No Code, Low Code Solutions, 2023–24.” The report emphasizes that considering the complexity of applications and the escalating cost of development, low-code provides enterprises with a means to swiftly produce applications to meet market demand. This can be achieved at a lower cost and with a focus on maintaining high quality.



Some time back, enterprises were smoothly operating with forms-based desktop applications running on-premises. Eventually, the need arose to transition to the cloud and adopt a web interface. Now, these enterprises find themselves confronted with the dual challenge of selecting the right technology to suit their new environment and addressing the skills gap within a developer workforce accustomed to building traditional applications. Modern low-code tools, such as WaveMaker, present an ideal solution, tackling both of these challenges. Their user-friendly visual interfaces facilitate a seamless transition for developers acquiring new skills. Figma designs can be easily converted into pixel-perfect HTML/CSS Images. Omdia recommends WaveMaker as a fitting choice for professional developers seeking to enhance their productivity and expedite their work on enterprise applications.



There are additional benefits associated with low-code platforms. Similar to how a motorcycle manufacturer becomes appealing to its customers by offering a variety of customizations and accessories, a low-code platform like WaveMaker excels in customization, composability, and out-of-the-box integrations. These applications can be composed in a drag-and-drop manner with prefabs–reusable interface components that seamlessly connect with any API. Integration becomes effortless with the option to connect with third-party platforms like Workday or SAP with just one click. These applications are responsive as well, requiring only a single creation to adapt seamlessly to any device.

Software application teams often spend considerable time iterating over every mistake as it arises. Imagine the efficiency if architects could visualize the look and feel of the app long before the actual development begins. The Mockingbird feature enables the rapid creation of mockups, reducing the number of iterations needed to launch an application. Following the development of an application using ready-to-use templates, developers can easily adjust the code to achieve the desired results, ensuring swift application deployment.

Developers also experience increased productivity when they have control over their code, allowing them to seamlessly transport their code anywhere without any vendor lock-in. This platform caters to professional developers, aiding them in enhancing their coding knowledge and staying up to date with the latest developments, rather than falling out of practice.

The advantages of low-code platforms extend beyond swift customization and composability. With features like Mockingbird streamlining application development through efficient mockup creation and the flexibility to modify code easily. Post-template utilization, developers effortlessly tailor the code to achieve their desired results, ensuring prompt application deployment.

In conclusion, the utilization of low-code platforms offers a transformative approach to application development, addressing challenges that software application teams often face. Amongst the other players, WaveMaker, by granting developers control over their code and liberating them from vendor lock-in, becomes a valuable asset for professional developers. It not only streamlines customization and composability but also enhances coding knowledge, keeping developers agile and well-informed in an ever-evolving technological landscape.