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Salesforce has announced its latest low-code innovation for the Salesforce Platform, Dynamic Interactions. Salesforce says Dynamic Interactions drastically simplifies the process for building apps with components that communicate with each other, pass data back and forth, and react to user actions.

Dynamic Interactions enables developers to build interactive components. The components could be anything on a web page users can interact with. This could include a list, a data entry form, a chart or a map. Once created, IT users can dictate when components will react, like when users click their mouse or press specific buttons, and how the components interact with each other on a given page, all in the App Builder interface.

Speeding up development cycles

Prior to Dynamic Interactions, developers had to build custom components and programme their interactions every time they spun up a new app. This constrained developer resources and delayed the delivery of business-critical apps. By empowering IT users with these new low-code capabilities, Dynamic Interactions helps speed up development cycles. The company also says it reduces costs and drives business outcomes fast. And because components are now reusable, they can be applied again and again to any new application or business process.

The company cites the Yelp page as an example of Dynamic Interactions in action. When a user selects a particular business from the list presented, that business’ location is automatically highlighted in the embedded map. Or, an interactive website where selecting certain options from a list will trigger automatic changes to a corresponding graph. Using Dynamic Interactions, experiences like these can now be created by IT admins and business users using just clicks.

Platform built with low-code

Salesforce says every experience on its platform is built with low-code. The platform comes with service availability, scalability and security features built-in. IT and business users can create contextual and automated experiences that provide the right information and actions at the right time. And, whenever needed, developers can customize and extend app functionality by incorporating standards-based code and leveraging the full suite of products and services that come with the Salesforce Customer 360 Platform.

Benefits of low-code development?

Opening the gates of development to non-technical employees presents a number of advantages. Businesses and organisations can cut back on the time associated with development cycles. By not having to send every new development request to overworked IT departments. Instead, individuals across all departments can take responsibility for developing their own applications, freeing up IT for other vital tasks.

Low-code application development also helps keep IT teams small, agile, and focused on more innovative and complex tasks. By using existing talent from throughout the organisation, businesses eliminate the backlog of applications that IT is responsible for. Most importantly, low-code application development framework solutions allow IT departments to unload certain development projects onto other teams. Allowing them transform customer and employee experience by spending more time on innovative capabilities such as AI, IoT, machine learning, and conversational interfaces.

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