Low-code programming

A faster way to leverage technology in response to COVID-19

Marcus Murph

Marcus Murph

Principal, Intelligent Automation, KPMG US

+1 214-840-2671

Rajesh Santhanam

Rajesh Santhanam

Managing Director, Digital Enablement, KPMG US

+1 703-286-6747

COVID-19 is requiring businesses to respond to operating conditions that are deteriorating far faster than in previous economic downturns. Using technology to address these challenges under a traditional, custom approach to development will be difficult. It can require long hours of manual coding, and it is notoriously subject to human error. 

There is a faster way. Over the past decade, ambitious technology companies have developed cloud-based “low-code” drag-and-drop software development platforms with prebuilt functions.

These prebuilt functions allow developers with varied levels of experience to quickly develop scalable business applications. Low-code applications can help organizations respond quickly to operational challenges brought about by COVID-19. They can automate basic processes once handled by workers who may not be able to do them from home. They can expand or enhance the functionality of existing information systems as they are shifted to a cloud-computing environment. And they can supplement or even replace existing legacy applications in the back office.

Five leading practices for low-code success

To help ensure that your organization gets the most from low-code development platforms, KPMG recommends adopting the following leading practices:

1.  Refine your enterprise architecture strategy to define how you will use
low-code platforms.

2.  Employ a fail fast, test-and-learn mentality.

3.  Employ or contract with experienced developers for complex application development.


4.  Don’t blindly assume that low-code platforms will always be the best, or even the fastest, solution.

5.  Build a center of excellence.


Read this paper to learn more.