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LookFar Labs15 August 2021

Low-Code Platforms: Too Good to Be True?

As technology continues to evolve into a more inclusive space, projects that used to require specialists are now opening up to others. From posting content into a CMS to taking professional-looking photographs, technology has drastically reduced the learning curve for a variety of skills. This is also true when it comes to low-code and no-code platforms. These are visual types of software that enable people with little-to-no development experience to create mobile and web apps. But, while low-code platforms offer a solution for projects that would otherwise require a developer, it’s not a perfect solution. And it does have its share of drawbacks. Find out what makes low-code and no-code software a game-changer for some uses but a headache for others.

What Are No-Code and Low-Code Platforms?

Simply put, no-code and low-code platforms include software that reduces much or all of the coding work for the user. They enable a drag-and-drop approach that facilitates the creation of apps while removing the need to understand the coding underneath the software. Given the digital acceleration that COVID-19 and the sudden rise of remote work brought, these platforms filled a need many businesses faced when there weren’t enough developers available to do the job. And, they are expected to grow. According to Forbes, a low-code and conventional innovation mix is expected to be adopted by 75% of businesses. By 2024 it is anticipated to make up 65% of application development activity. And, the global low-code development platform market is expected to generate $187 billion in revenue by 2030.

What Should You Choose?

While these numbers indicate a positive future for low-code platforms, they will not be the best solution for every situation. And, even when they seem like the best choice at the present, that can change down the line. Learn why this helpful technology may not be ideal for each project.

Advantages

Again, one of the biggest advantages of this software is that it can lower the barrier of entry for people who aren’t developers to create apps. In addition, because templates are used, it can save a significant amount of time compared to traditional development. And, because it eliminates the need for a specialist, it can also help businesses save money. 

Disadvantages

On the other hand, these systems work within a boilerplate format that cannot match the customization traditional development offers. They can also hide security issues since the code utilized is not open source. And, because there are so many versions of this software available currently, this will almost certainly lead to compatibility issues down the line. So, depending on the project, it’s going to be important to evaluate your long-term strategy before deciding to use low-code or no-code software.

Make the Choice That Fits Your Needs

Understanding what low-coding and no-coding software can do (and what it can’t) makes it easier to determine if it’s the right fit for your organization’s needs. And, if those needs include custom-built apps, the developers at LookFar Labs are ready to help. Connect with us today to get started!

LFL Blog Team

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