Progress puts forward another (arguably weighty) hand in the low-code game this week.
The Boston, MA-based application development firm has upped the spec on its Progress Kinvey platform with extra features.
The Progress Kinvey platform includes Kinvey Studio: a low-code visual development tool for building mobile, web and chat-based apps — and, the difference is, it doesn’t sacrifice full developer control over the application and code.
Kinvey offers what Progress calls ‘round-trip’ code generation, so developers can move in and out of the low-code environment seamlessly.
It works with existing source control, testing and other dev processes and offers acces s to all application source code for inspection and alteration.
So this is perhaps a new form of low-code – one that’s focused on the professional developer – with productivity capabilities that speed the app development process, but that still enables the delivery of differentiated multi-channel experiences that run natively.
Progress says that while traditional low-code offerings are effective for simple apps, they often fall short for more complex apps as they ‘handcuff developers’ to a proprietary framework that may be ineffective or could stifle innovation.
It provides a serverless backend for operational efficiency, full control of the application code and the end-to-end data management capabilities.
“Traditional low-code platforms are adequate for helping companies rapidly roll out many tactical apps. However, they lack the ability to deliver high scale, truly engaging, consumer-grade experiences that offer consistency across channels,” said Dmitri Tcherevik, CTO, Progress.
“At the other end of the spectrum, DIY development projects deliver high-touch experiences, but are highly inefficient, slow to market and costly to maintain. IT teams need to focus on innovation, not infrastructure. Our focus on high productivity for professional developers changes all of that by bringing a solution to market that offers the best of both worlds, low-code development that results in flexible, scalable, omnichannel apps,” added Tcherevik.
Also included here is Kinvey Chat: an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-driven technology for creating and deploying guided task chatbots that integrate with existing enterprise and legacy systems.
Finally here, Kinvey Data Pipeline provides end-to-end data and authentication management from device to source enterprise systems; engineered to protect, virtualize and synchronize data and authentication layers from disparate enterprise systems.