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GigaOm Radar for Low-Code Development Platformsv2.0

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Market Categories and Deployment Types
  3. Key Criteria Comparison
  4. GigaOm Radar
  5. Vendor Insights
  6. Analyst’s Take

1. Summary

Low-code development platforms (LCDPs) are the next generation of application development tools, helping companies create and maintain software systems through a series of modular components. When first introduced, LCDPs didn’t measure up to traditional software development practices in robustness and complexity. But over the years, LCDPs have cemented their place as major players in the software development landscape with the introduction of broader levels of customization, more complete integration with DevOps, and greater enrichment from artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing (AI/ML/NLP).

A core strength of LCDPs is their ability to simplify and streamline intricate processes. Today’s businesses have a multitude of moving parts; investing in an LCDP not only helps to simplify the number of different applications being used to run a business but also helps to lower the cost of tech sprawl by funneling all critical tasks into a single suite.

With a myriad of vendors in the LCDP marketplace, prospective customers have a range of options to choose from. One factor to keep in mind is that there’s no “one size fits all” solution, so businesses should carefully consider their unique business needs when creating a short list.

In the accompanying GigaOm report “Key Criteria for Evaluating Low-Code Development Platforms,” we list the features that vendors must have to be effective in this particular market as well as differentiating features that may make one vendor a better fit for a certain business based on their use case.

In this Radar report, we analyze the leading solutions in the market, compare their feature-sets, and weigh the evaluation metrics used to assess them. This report is intended to give organizations a roadmap to which solutions would work well for their particular needs as they begin their investment in LCDPs.

All of the vendors listed in this report offer solutions that contain the table stakes (core features) needed to produce a well functioning LCDP, but as stated above, depending on your specific business needs, different solutions will appeal to your organization more than others, so pay close attention to how vendors compare on the key criteria (differentiating features) and evaluation metrics.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding, consider reviewing the following reports:
Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.
GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.
Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.