In a previous blog post, I talked about several options for developing mobile applications: mobile web, native code and hybrid mobile solutions. Each solution has its pros and cons and there will always be those that say one solution is better than another.

Here at Trilix, we don’t have a favorite or advocate for one solution over the other. We don’t just focus on one technology and try to use it for every project. Instead, we look at the client’s needs and then decide on the best solution for them.

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But no matter which solution you choose, we can all agree that there will always be a need to build a mobile solution fast and at the lowest cost possible.

Some options that are available are low-code solutions. These are tools that allow you to easily build a mobile application without having to write a lot of code. These solutions focus on building and deploying a mobile application quickly.

But, just as building a native mobile application may not be the right fit for every solution, low-code solutions are also not for everyone.

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When deciding on a low-code solution, you need to understand a few key things:

  1. Low-code does not always mean no-code. You may still need to get your hands dirty.
  2. Low-code solutions are easy to get started but you can hit a roadblock if you don’t do some upfront planning and requirements gathering first.
  3. You may need to give up functionality for ease of development. Low-code solutions don’t expose all features of a mobile device.
  4. Low-code doesn’t always mean low-cost. Most solutions come with a price tag.

There are a few dozen low-code solutions out there. Let’s take a look at a couple:

  • AppGyver lets you build a simple mobile hybrid solution for IOS and Android using an intuitive UI editor. The editor allows you to easily create an application by dragging and dropping components from their toolbar to a design canvas. One of their nice options is their companion application that allows you to see and test the app easily before publishing to the store.
  • If you are a Microsoft Office 365 user, PowerApps maybe a solution for you. It’s a new product from Microsoft that lets you easily integrate your Office 365 data into a custom mobile application that your users can use.
  • When your data is in Microsoft SQL Server, Access, Excel, MySQL, Oracle or DB2, you may need to expose that data to your mobile users. Alpha Anywhere provides a solution to allow you to expose your business data to your users.
  • If you have some JavaScript development skillset on your team and want to build a mobile app quickly, look at Kony AppPlatform. Kony provides an intuitive IDE to easily build a phone, tablet, desktop, or watch based applications. Their IDE exposes a lot of low-code option properties in their designer.

As with any technical solution you decide to look at, you need to research and evaluate the pros and cons of the solution to your business needs and budget. Not every solution will meet your needs or budget. Low-cost solutions provide the ability to get simple mobile applications out to your users without taking a lot of time developing them. Just make sure they provide all the features you need before you get started.

 

Here are a few others that may be worth having a look at:

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