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Low-code platforms are growing in popularity with 70% of new applications predicted to be developed using low-code or no-code technologies by 2025.
These low-code platforms provide both developers and non-developers with a way to design and deploy applications with speed and consistency. They often rely on drag-and-drop user interfaces to democratize application development across a business.
Now, they’re impacting operations teams, helping a range of individuals to create applications to aid their everyday work.
Low-code platforms are routinely associated with DevOps teams. They allow organizations to build and customize fully responsive, easy-to-deploy applications with little coding experience.
Under advancing digitization, low-code platforms can massively reduce the cost and time burdens for today’s developers, allowing citizen developers to complete many of the repetitive and/or simpler application development tasks.
This also bridges the gap between your growing talent needs and the available pool, helping new developers to get up to speed.
For specialist DevOps teams, this frees developers to design and build customized and complex applications, instead of writing the same repetitive code across multiple applications.
This not only expedites the application development lifecycle but also provides consistency across your applications. Low-code platforms often include tools to automate application deployment.
Using a low-code platform, CloudOps teams can develop apps to seamlessly manage their day-to-day cloud operations, creating workflow apps to automate operations tasks, schedule jobs, on-board user and provide real-time visibility, to name a few.
CloudOps teams can also boost their cluster management tasks, developing applications to deploy and develop clusters. In the Alibaba Cloud Console, for example, you can create clusters in the console easily, and use GPU-accelerated instances and ECS Bare Metal instances in a cluster. You can also deploy your cluster across zones to ensure high availability.
That’s just one example of the sort of functionality that could be unlocked using a low-code platform.
Low-code platforms are democratizing the world of AI, helping non-specialists develop applications without tackling the steep learning curve of data science. This not only frees AI experts to work on more complex problems but also unlocks the world of artificial intelligence from an operations perspective.
Using a low-code platform you could, for example, develop applications to monitor and optimize the security of your cluster and diagnose any service issues.
As more data becomes available across various use cases, AI will continue to revolutionize various operations tasks. And with low-code platforms, a wider range of staff can develop the applications to achieve this.
Research reveals nearly half of finance executives believe that self-service data and analytics will drive employee productivity. This is where low-code platforms can help.
For example, imagine the number of Excel spreadsheets that a FinOps team member may have to use when inputting data, generating reports or migrating information into other tools. Using a low-code platform, that FinOps team member could create applications to automate many of these mundane and repetitive tasks.
Today’s SecOps teams need more visibility, power and data to succeed. This is where low-code platforms can help SecOps teams build intelligent security operations workflows to catch vulnerabilities faster using automated checklists, for example, or building incident response workflows.
Low-code automation can also help SecOps teams build playbooks that respond in real-time. By using the same best practices and business logic from other applications, this also avoids errors and saves time for analysts.
As low-code platforms continue to evolve, operations team will continue to benefit from the applications that can be developed with ease and to match their exact requirements.
At Alibaba Cloud, we understand that enterprises now need to design, develop and maintain applications across multiple clouds and regions. This is also where containerized workloads and services can help, used in conjunction with low-code platform.
The Alibaba Cloud Container Platform for Kubernetes (ACK) is a Kubernetes-based service for enterprises to securely run containerized applications on the cloud. To find out more about how your operations teams can benefit from ACK, read our latest whitepaper Best Practices for E2E Application Management on Alibaba Cloud.
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