Low-code platforms offer many advantages to developers. Some offerings, such as , handle the entire lifecycle of an app—from ideation and development to delivery and management—so you don’t have to juggle multiple tools.
A graphical, drag-and-drop app builder hosted in the cloud, Zoho Creator provides an abstract, yet powerful environment for developers to dive straight into application logic, skipping infrastructure, database, and other tedious implementations.
While low-code is an effective tool, many developers are yet to realize its potential. In this post, we’ll look at some real-world use cases of Zoho Creator and how it speeds up each phase of development and simplifies deployment.
Zoho Creator examples
Low-code is a vital part of app delivery, but there is a common misconception that it is intended only for small-scale development. The job of a low-code platform is to simplify the work involved in delivering enterprise-class apps, regardless of complexity. As Forrester says, you can than you would by traditionally coding it.
So, what can you build with Zoho Creator? Our customers have built a range of apps from simple call logs to mission-critical ERP systems.
Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV), a Philippine conglomerate, rolled out a project management app using Zoho Creator. With more than one thousand workflows to suit AEV’s diverse market, the app scales as dynamically as the company’s needs, without manual intervention. AEV has built more than 40 apps on Zoho Creator for its departmental needs. These include such as an online parking system, inventory, pricing approval, and customer feedback apps.
, an online trucking marketplace, chose Zoho Creator to build the ERP for their business across 500 cities. Within two weeks, the app was ready and earning the company the acclaim of achieving .
How Zoho Creator speeds up development
Forget the infrastructure, because you can now build, run, and test apps without worrying about servers. Yes, Zoho Creator comes with a . The Zoho Creator production environment is battle-tested and includes the entire tech stack, like the app servers, databases, infrastructure, operating systems, network, security, and all of the platforms and interfaces that make them tick, so you can start building apps right away.
Zoho Zoho Creator front-end builder.
Zoho Creator front-end builder.
Most low-code platforms offer visual builders for both front-end and back-end development. Using these builders, you can fast-forward the creation of common UI elements, such as forms, pages, and dashboards, as easily as a virtual Lego set, and configure back-end components like integrations, workflows, and customer portals in a few clicks.
The Zoho Creator developer toolkit
The best low-code platforms preserve the coding space for a higher degree of customization. In Zoho Creator, the IDE verifies each line of the code you type, helping you detect and fix issues then and there.
Zoho Creator has an agile model, where programs are divided into modules. You can make changes to a module with the confidence that the rest of the program will not change. You can also reuse code across apps. For example, you can use the goal-setting function from a sales management app on a habit tracker app, as well.
that are customizable, too.
How Zoho Creator speeds up deployment
The built-in capabilities of Zoho Creator take all of the stress off your shoulders after you’ve build the app as well. Some of the advantages of Zoho Creator here:
- One-click deployment: You can push even the most complex changes into production with a single click.
- Cross-platform compatibility: Your web app will be automatically available on all devices—desktop, mobile, tablet, and wearables—with native mobile features and full offline capabilities.
- Auto-scaling: An app built and tested to work for one team scales up to work for the entire organization, without requiring any changes to the existing architecture.
- High availability and security: Zoho Creator comes with certified security credentials and ensures over 99 percent uptime. It also takes care of compliance and disaster recovery, so that you can focus on just building apps.
Life after deployment with Zoho Creator
Zoho Creator is designed to be future-proof tech. Your apps will never go obsolete because the platform is continuously updated. For example, desktop software built in 2006 on Zoho Creator was automatically available as an iOS app when iPhones hit the market.
In need of a new feature? No worries. Zoho Creator apps are always customizable. You can fulfill new requirements as soon as they pop up, because you’ve already established a robust foundation.
Low-code development platforms like Zoho Creator don’t deprecate developers. Instead, they help developers innovate faster without getting stuck with outdated coding practices. As digital transformation projects loom over today’s enterprises, low-code can be a powerful way for developers to deliver apps on time, without sacrificing quality.
Hyther Nizam is the VP of product management at . In this role, Hyther heads a division of Zoho that includes the low-code platform (Zoho Creator), e-commerce platform (Zoho Commerce), online spreadsheet (Zoho Sheet), website builder (Zoho Sites), private social network (Zoho Connect), survey builder (Zoho Survey), online forms (Zoho Forms), integration platform (Zoho Flow), website conversion tool (Zoho PageSense), and additional products in development. He also leads some of the technology initiatives in Zoho including Zoho’s scripting language, Deluge.
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