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Lightning App Builder For Enterprise Application Development

lightning app builder for enterprise application development

The last year significantly, and, in a sense, forcibly, accelerated digital transformation. As social distancing restrictions forced the world to switch to teleworking overnight, mobile and cloud technologies saved many businesses during the crisis. Therefore, enterprise software, especially cloud services and applications, has grown faster than any other IT category.

And a democratized approach to innovation tools has led to the fact that any employee, whether or not he or she has programming experience, can now use technology to create alternative solutions. This is because large industries such as retail, manufacturing, and IT services are striving for digital transformation through code-free development. Considering all the advantages of mobile technologies for optimizing and controlling business operations, mobile applications have become an integral constituent of current corporate infrastructure. And according to IDC, another 500 million apps will be created in the next five years - more than in the last 40 years.

What Is An Enterprise Application?

As organizations are actively equipping today's workforce with enterprise software, they should become familiar with the enterprise application definition and the most recent trends in enterprise app development.

Enterprise applications (EA) are essential products for business investment. EA is a flexible software solution that provides business logic and tools to model entire business processes to improve organizations’ productivity and efficiency. The enterprise software category includes ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning), SCM (Supply Chain Management), CRM (Customer Relationship Management), open-source software, on-premises, and cloud software.

Enterprise apps can work with large chunks of data and use complex logic, extensive parallel processing, and networked shared resources. These apps can be deployed across multiple platforms and run concurrently with many other applications. Because they are business-oriented, code business policies, rules, processes, and entities are designed and deployed according to specific business exigencies.

Enterprise Application Development Trends

A number of key trends will shape the future of enterprise app development services:

  • EA will get smarter. Gartner predicts that by 2021, 40% of new enterprise apps sold by service providers will comprise AI and machine learning capabilities.
  • EA will be more secure. Enterprise application development will include writing security code for platforms and technologies used in the modern world. As security breaches have become a problem, developers have focused on building applications with enhanced security features.
  • EA will be built with low-code and no-code tools. Forrester expects the non-coding platform market to grow to $21.2 billion by 2022, up from $3.8 billion in 2017, a 41% CAGR. In 2021, a 50% growth is expected. Minimal coding makes the development of enterprise applications more accessible and business-oriented since each stage of development is coordinated with the customer.
  • With Loose Coupling, enterprise applications will be delivered as an independent runtime service with a well-defined API, and microservices will allow businesses to make small incremental changes faster.
  • Usability (UX) will become a requirement in corporate architecture. Apps will be intuitive and deliver more relevant content to meet business inquiries.

Enterprise Software Development In The Cloud

High-performance cloud platforms have removed the barriers to enterprise-grade application development. Developers have moved workloads to the cloud and have found fresh ways to collaborate, code, and deliver software faster from anywhere. The three layers of the cloud – SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS – help businesses drive faster. SaaS is designed for end-users and is delivered directly over the web; PaaS allows non-coders to customize and build their cloud applications using a simple model-driven approach; and IaaS, which gives developers a variety of customizable cloud services to develop and run applications with minimal effort and infrastructure set-ups, provides support to enterprises throughout the entire process.

Low Code Is A Response To A Request

One of the notable innovations of 2020 was code-free and low-code languages ​​when developing robust applications. The world’s situation demanded a cost-effective offline practice that would make programming easier for people with no programming experience. This has increased the demand for low-code and no-code solutions, which are popular in the startup and disruptive-technology sectors, and offer new opportunities for innovation to more extensive and established enterprises.

The low-code development platform proposes visual interfaces with simple logic and drag-and-drop functionality instead of extensive programming languages. The absence of code allows you to implement the idea, saving time and resources, and quickly launch a working product. Gartner predicts that by 2024, low code will account for over 65% of all app development activities, and 75% of large enterprises will use at least four low-code development tools to build IT applications. The report said that by 2023, "large enterprises will have at least four times the number of active citizen developers there are professional developers”.

reasons for using low-code platforms

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 Low-code/no-code platforms offer a development environment for non-professional developers (also called "citizen developers") and other employees to build app software. For example, a marketing team might use a low-code tool to complete the bulk of application development and only engage developers to solve problems not covered by the low-code device’s out-of-the-box capabilities.

 These platforms’ popularity has increased in recent years because of the growing demand for digital transformation tools, accompanied by an increase in professional developers’ costs. Low-code speeds increase digital transformation by 69% and reduce reliance on high-tech skills by 40%.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms

Low-Code Platform Comparison Chart

Enterprise application development creates unique, customizable, and complex systems across multiple platforms to help enterprises automatize their business processes. These apps require special tools to develop enterprise apps that meet their unique needs.

 

Low-code development platform Appian Visual LANSA

 

Salesforce Lightning Zoho Creator Microsoft PowerAps Creatio
Platforms
  • Cloud-based,
  • UNIX,
  • Windows,
  • Linux,
  • Mac

 

  • Cloud-based,
  • IBM I
  • Web-based,
  • Windows
  • Cloud-based,
  • Android,
  • iOS,
  • PWA
  • Web-based,
  • Windows

 

  • Windows,
  • Web,
  • Mac
Business size
  • Small,
  • Medium,
  • Large
  • Small,
  • Medium,
  • Large
  • Small,
  • Medium,
  • Large
  • Small,
  • Medium
  • Medium,
  • Large
  • Medium,
  • Large
Price
  • $90 per user/month
  • Entry Level: $16 per user/month
  • Mid-tier: $13 per user/month
  • Enterprise: $8 per user/month
  • Starter: $25
  • Plus: $150  per user/month

 

  • Basic: $10/month
  • Premium: $20/month
  • Ultimate: $35/month
  • Plan 1: $7 per user/ month
  • Plan 2: $40 per user/month
  • Enterprise Edition: $25 per user/month
Free trial

 

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Functions
  • Drag-and-drop tools native AI services.
  • No-code integration to AI/ML platforms

 

  • Powerful low-code IDE to create mobile, desktop, web apps.

 

  • The Lightning App Builder tool
  • Lightning Process Builder to build complex workflows.
  • Instant app creation from a spreadsheet.

 

  • App-development with minimal coding
  • Pre-defined templates.
  • Point-and-click approach for app designing.
  • Easy connection of the app to data.
  • Low-code/no-code automation BPM engine to flexibly manage structured and unstructured processes.
  • AI/ Machine learning
  • App wizard

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What Is No-Code Development?

No-code platforms are becoming an integral component of digital transformation. They use visual development environments to allow non-professional users to create applications using methods such as drag-and-drop and add components. Built-in tools, APIs and data integration, user management, reusable components, UI templates, and security can all help increase the speed of enterprise application development.

Many no-code tools are designed with the needs of end-users in mind. With this simple shift in focus, code-free platforms can speed up SDLC – the software development lifecycle – by bypassing the time, budget, and human resources of software development (the traditional constraints of IT development) without deviating from the business strategy.

Benefits Of Developing Low-Code Enterprise Applications

Increased productivity

Giving citizen developers the ability to build core applications much faster reduces the IT department’s burden, and small teams can get the job done with ease.

Improved user experience

Drag-and-drop app builders provide non-developer solutions for building DIY applications. They include visual drag-and-drop tools for building apps and are popular with those building their first mobile apps, including games.

Cross-platform availability

Cross-device compatibility is a helpful attribute of low-code platforms, and a single, universal development environment benefits enterprises. Besides being able to use them on any device with major operating systems, cross-platform compatibility allows users to create applications that can run on all major platforms and devices.

Reusability

One of the fundamental aspects of low-code development functionality is the use of pre-configured modules and functions for applications. These modules share the basic functionality required by several applications and can be used repeatedly to develop unique solutions.

Benefits of the cloud

For enterprise mobile application development, cloud-based platforms take over most of the work. With software development vendors, even small and mid-size businesses can run programs and services without worrying about expensive hardware and time-consuming infrastructure setup. The provider is responsible for the security, uptime, and availability of servers.

Lightning Platform For Enterprise Low-Code Apps

Finding the right cloud provider of enterprise application development services is an important part of the development process and can set the tone for application development projects and improve their performance for years to come. Along with the actual capabilities of the product, it is very important to assess the supplier's strategic vision for the product and its future viability. He must stay close and constantly invest in his clients; he must have a robust ecosystem of communities of developers, partners, marketplaces, and learning resources.

Salesforce meets all these requirements. Known as the world's most trusted CRM provider, Salesforce has created the Lightning Platform for enterprise cloud application development. This top low-code platform proposes the ability to create and customize Lightning apps that can stand alone or easily integrate with SF CRM. Together with the Lightning Platform, Salesforce offers the following benefits:

An ecosystem that drives innovation

The right app ecosystem, such as the AppExchange, reduces development time and money and provides pre-built components and apps originally developed by third parties. 79% of Salesforce customers use apps from AppExchange to improve their business.

Fast application development tools

Even with the right tools, building a custom app from scratch takes time. Speed ​​is essential when making business applications, so the Lightning App Builder tool offers many time-saving features to create a Lightning app in Salesforce.

Time-tested safety

Strong Salesforce password policies, permissions, multifactor authentication, field and row-level security, advanced threat detection, IP login restrictions, secure data centers, and backup and disaster recovery capacities help keep your data safe.

Scalability

Lightning development tools can scale with the business and deliver the same benefits tomorrow as they do today.

Fast digitization and willingness to innovate

Predictive intelligence, dormant encryption key management, continuous DevOps, improved API management, and more can ensure that innovation doesn't disrupt business continuity. As customer preferences change, applications can be customized and updated to accommodate advanced technologies such as IoT or NLP. By supporting all the underlying cloud services to benefit modern technologies, low-code solutions keep users and developers on top of things.

Salesforce has recently added dynamic forms and actions to some low-code features. They can be used to create event-driven, flexible applications and adapt interactions with different user roles.

What Is Lightning App Builder in Salesforce?

The Lightning App Builder assists in creating custom pages for Lightning Experience and Salesforce apps by drag-and-drop components. This is a central Lightning attribute because it allows you to customize the Salesforce user interface with clicks, not code. You can update app settings, branding, and navigation, and manage the Lightning pages assigned to that app in the Lightning App Builder.

A Lightning page is a custom layout that lets you create pages for Lightning Experience and Salesforce mobile apps, and it includes areas containing various components.

Lightning components are customizable, reusable and compact elements that users can add to a Lightning page in the Salesforce Lightning App Builder. They are subdivided into the following categories:

  • These are built-in out-of-the-box components in Salesforce that users can use directly.
  • These components are created by users in the Salesforce environment.
  • Third-Party. These components are already configured in packages and are available on the Salesforce Lightning component marketplace - AppExchange.

Lightning components are part of the apps or tools that you create with these elements and include architectural elements, part structures, and specific functions to meet the needs of the user. You can create Lightning components using two programming models: Lightning Web components and Aura components.

Web components are custom elements built using HTML and modern JavaScript that are supported by many Salesforce targets and tools. For an unsupported target or tool, the Lightning Web Component is wrapped in an Aura component, and they can coexist and interact on the same page. To end-users and admins, they both appear as Lightning components.

The Lightning component architecture allows developers to use the standardized framework of client-side JavaScript and server-side Apex and create their pages and functions without a third-party framework or vendor.

Lightning components improve and speed up the web experience, page speed and load performance. The end result is a product that can be used on any device, including desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

What can you build with the Lightning App Builder?

  • Single-page apps that go to standard pages
  • Custom post pages for objects tailored to user needs
  • Dashboard-style apps to track key leads for the quarter or top sales prospects
  • "Point" applications to solve specific problems, such as calculating and tracking expenses
  • Customizable homepages that contain the features and functionalities users use most

Lightning Page Types

You can create different types of Lightning pages with the Salesforce Lightning App Builder. We're going to look at three different types.

App Page

Use an app page to create a homepage for a third-party app that you can add directly into the Salesforce mobile app and Lightning Experience navigation menus. Your users then have an app homepage where they can quickly access the most important objects and items.

Homepage

Create homepages with features relevant to specific types of users, and assign the customized pages to different apps or app-and-user-profile combinations. Custom homepages are supported in Lightning Experience only.

Record Page

Create a customized version of an object’s record page, tailoring it to your users’ needs. Custom record pages are supported in Lightning Experience and in the Salesforce mobile app.

Get started with the Lightning App Builder

The Lightning page’s structure modifies to the device on which it will be viewed. The template that you choose when creating the page will be displayed on this device. You can create a layout with four section options for your app page. The image below is what the arrangement of the three sections might look like. Section 1 is the main column, and the other sections are sidebars.

The Lightning page’s structure

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Protecting Сorporate Data And User Privacy

The cloud and mobile business environment require an integrated approach to security and governance. Data leakage is prevented with such features as user authentication, data encryption, backup management, and compliance tracking. But you should take the following nuances into account:

  • Integrate cloud-based identity-management solutions with enterprise security. Security must be holistic, and application security approaches consistently. It doesn't matter if you are in the cloud or not.
  • Start with the design and architecture of your security solution, and then choose the technology. Although this solution will be more complex, the architecture must withstand many technological changes.
  • Incorporate security testing into your DevOps automation. This means verifying that your applications are properly secured and comply with the specifications and scenarios. Automating these tests and validations is critical to deploying secure cloud applications.
  • Consider performance in your design. While most IAM systems do not slow down, encryption can certainly cause lag. Issues like these are more difficult to fix after deployment. They also create problems with your security systems because users annoyed by performance issues quickly bypass your carefully designed security mechanisms.
  • Know your industry safety rules and regulations. Once you have them, you can manage them through the identity-management system in IAM. You can also use these requirements to determine the type of encryption you want.

Conclusion

Low-code platforms have undeniable advantages over traditional development platforms. In addition to reducing financial and time costs, low-level code speeds up a time to market for a product or company (time-to-market) and requires fewer skills. You can experience these benefits and see the difference with Salesforce Lightning.

Remember that low code and no code is a great approach that will allow non-technical owners to create products. Still, it won’t replace developers anytime soon, as complex products always require a programmer.

An experienced enterprise application development company like Ergonized can help you build enterprise-grade smart Salesforce applications, full-cycle mobile solutions based on the Salesforce platform, and web solutions. Contact us to discuss your software expectations and get the best enterprise mobile app development services today.

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Dmitriy Sorokin

Dmitriy is developing the company’s financial expertise and helps clients to automate their business process with the help of Financial Services Cloud.

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