6 steps for using low-code platforms to create big data apps

Low-code development can be used for managing big data. Here’s how to make it work for your organization.

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Low-code development tools are aimed at reducing application development time to market. They do this by using graphical user interfaces with point-and-click tools to cobble together applications, making it easy for end user “citizen developers” with no knowledge of programming to develop apps. Low-code tools also allow IT technical staff to insert custom code to endow the apps with functionality that the low-code tools can’t generate on their own.

SEE: Everything you need to know about using low-code platforms (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Low-code development tools are gaining popularity in companies because users see them as ways to get around IT logjams that prevent them from getting things done.

The market concurs. By 2024, Gartner predicts that 65% of all application development will be done with low-code platforms, and that

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Our best illustrations of 2020

From the MIT Technology Review art team, here are some of our very favorite illustrations of the year:

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Algostory 1.7: “Krishna and Arjuna”
ILLUSTRATIONS BY MAX LOEFFLER
How Germany tamed covid-19
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How the truth was murdered
NAJEEBAH AL-GHADBAN
10 Breakthrough Technologies: Unhackable internet
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8 must-have e-commerce tools for boosting revenues in 2021

Increasing revenues have never been more on the minds of business leaders. These e-commerce tools can help develop an online retail presence and boost revenue to improve your company’s 2021 outlook.

After a difficult 2020 for most businesses worldwide, many companies are looking for ways to improve performance and increase revenues—and that means shifting to e-commerce or improving e-commerce capabilities. Due to a surge in online shopping activity during the COVID-19 outbreak in the US and Canada, B2C e-commerce sales in both countries are projected to see major growth, according to projections in a recent report. 

This is good and bad news. For companies just establishing an e-commerce presence, it creates a need to get up and running fast. For those already there, it means finding ways to compete and boost revenue. These eight e-commerce tools can help businesses build their online presence, design and market their products, and

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