Low-code development is the new cool kid on the street, offering a faster, easier, and more affordable solution to create custom business applications.

Businesses are constantly striving to find innovative solutions to streamline their processes, reduce costs, and increase efficiency, and often the solution requires custom development. Traditional software development can be time-consuming to implement, very expensive, and requires a high level of technical expertise or a really good implementation partner.

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We’ve taken a deep dive into Zoho Creator, a low-code platform designed for businesses of all sizes, to see if creating custom business applications is really that easy.

What is Low-Code Development?

Low-code development is a visual approach to building custom applications. It uses a drag-and-drop interface and pre-built components to speed up the development process. Instead of writing lines of code, low-code platforms like Zoho Creator allow users to build custom applications by piecing together pre-built components in a visual editor. This approach allows your business to create custom applications faster and with less effort, reducing the cost and time required to develop traditional applications.

Benefits of Low-Code Development

Low-code development offers numerous benefits for small to medium businesses, including:

  1. Faster Time to Market: Create custom applications in a matter of weeks, rather than months or years. Getting you to market quicker.
  2. Cost Savings: Low-code development should reduce the need for expensive software developers. You get all the functionality without the costs of bespoke software development.
  3. Increased Agility: You have the ability to quickly adapt to changing market conditions and customer needs, because changes are easier to test and quicker to implement

Zoho Creator: The low-code application development platform that helps you design, develop and run any business software you need.

Zoho Creator has a drag and drop interface that is simple to navigate. They offer a wide range of pre-built components and base applications so you can create custom business applications with ease. Some of the features we really like:

  1. A great base library of applications that are easy to install and customise
  2. Easy to implement portal for external users with multiple permission options
  3. Integration with 3rd party applications such as payment gateways (Stripe)
  4. Reporting Dashboards
  5. Offline form capabilities

Can I implement a low-code solution myself?

The Squirrel team have really taken a shine to Creator. For us it’s allowed us to create applications in much shorter times than traditional development. It does have a few design limitations so the styling will look quite basic. Creating buttons and internal links requires some simple coding ability. In short yes, you could implement a solution with Zoho Creator. But without a developer you will be limited to the available templates and some basic functionality.

What kind of things could a low-code solution be used for?

We think one of the biggest opportunities for quick to market development is with event or booking tools. You can create multiple events, take payments or close availability when tickets are sold. Link the data to your CRM or have it as a stand-alone application. It’s also easy to embed it into your website.

The portal feature allows you to provide access to external access to users. You control what data they can see and customise the experience they have. There are many applications such as a custom CRM platform, property, document or event management. Create a bespoke design, with the ability to change colours add logos and layout.

Zoho Creator could be the answer if you’re looking for a custom asset management system. We’ve built an asset management system for Redfern Flinn that has allowed them to streamline their processes and save time on repetitive data entry – read more about it here.

Can Squirrel help me?

Whether you need a custom application for project management, customer relationship management, events, or asset management. Squirrel Business Solutions has the expertise and experience to help businesses create custom applications using Zoho Creator.

As with many low-code solutions, such as Zoho Creator, the reality is right now you’ll probably need a little bit of development to make it sing. If you’re interested in low-code and have given it a go, want to know more, or just want us to do it for you, get in touch.

In conclusion, we think low-code development with Zoho Creator could be a game-changer, offering faster, easier, and more affordable custom application development. With benefits such as cost savings, increased agility, and improved efficiency, businesses can gain a competitive edge in the market. So you can remain agile and responsive to changing market conditions. And with Squirrel Business Solutions as your partner, you can trust us to deliver a custom solution that meets your specific business needs.