The myth of low code / no code solution development

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The myth of low code / no code solution development

Alex Pizarro August 9, 2017
The myth of low code / no code solution development

Do you believe that your enterprise technology solution is so simple that business users can create new applications without writing any code whatsoever? Even if it is simple and user friendly, does that automatically result in the most optimal solution outcome to meet the needs of your organisation?

According to Apoorv Durga from website ‘Real Story Group’, “this may be true of products that offer a gadget and/or mashup functionality (however) a gadget does not make an application. It only provides a front end to an application”. There is a lot of discussion about low code / no code application development platforms from providers such as Appian, Microsoft, Salesforce and Zoho presently, so we thought it would be helpful to see what all the fuss is about!

There is a plethora of views on this topic, given the extremely heightened and strengthened interest from organisations to harness enterprise technology solutions which effectively engage employees to not only drive development of required components but to utilise the outcomes to drive productivity, effectiveness and retention.

According to Chris Preimesberger from website ‘eWeek’, ‘no code software development, also known as citizen development, has returned as a real trend. According to Forrester, the low code market will reach $15 billion USD by 2020. Modern workers – whether at small businesses or large enterprises – are going a step further, turning to completely no code platforms to quickly build custom business applications, increase productivity and improve their daily jobs”.

No code applications are considered by many organisations as being rapidly scalable with the ability to streamline employee activities such as onboarding and capability development. According to Jason Bloomberg from website ‘Forbes.com’, “the burgeoning Low-Code/No-Code space has become an extraordinarily disruptive page in the enterprise digital story, leading to extensive confusion among enterprises and vendors alike”.

Interestingly, Bloomberg goes on to say that “the Low-Code and No-Code terminology itself is misleading, as the distinction isn’t about whether people need to code or not. The distinction is more about the types of people using these platforms to build applications.

In the No-Code corner are the ‘citizen developers’ – business users who can build functional but generally limited apps without having to write a line of code. The Low-Code corner, in contrast, centres on professional developers, streamlining and simplifying their work – delivering enterprise-class applications with little or no hand-coding”.

Bloomberg hits the nail on the head, in that there is only so much a ‘citizen’ can develop in the way of meaningful, impactful, optimised enterprise technology solutions compared to that of a seasoned, leading group of experts in this sector such as FiveP. Where we differ to others in the market is that we start by understanding your business activities, what are your goals and objectives, current workforce talent and capability, and then determine the technology requirements to drive your strategic and operational agenda.

In 2017, there is still a major distinction between tools simple enough for citizen developers and powerful enough for professional development teams. Whilst piecemeal approaches by individuals to solve ‘stop gap’ requirements in the short term may be cost effective and quick to initiate, the question must be asked as to how many band-aid solutions can be implemented until a broader and more holistic solution is required to ensure your enterprise technology is scalable, low-risk, manageable and easily utilised by all parties.

Adding another angle to this discussion, Rob Marvin from website ‘PCMag.com’ articulates three insightful myths which we are keen to highlight for the purposes of understanding this scenario further. They are as follows:

Myth # 1

Low-code platforms are only for citizen developers, not pro developers.

Myth # 2

Low-code platforms eliminate the need for any programming (low-code vs. “no-code”).

Myth # 3

Low-code platforms mean small scale.

Overall, FiveP can proactively partner with you and your organisation to further clarify your requirements in this regard. We can crystallise the current myths as they relate to your unique scenario and work through solutions and requirements which will optimise, not hinder, your enterprise technology activities going forward. We keep an open mind as to what you need because as Frank Zappa once said:

“A mind is like a parachute: it doesn’t work if it isn’t open”

About the author: Another of the business’ founders and a current board member, Alex Pizarro takes on the role of FiveP’s General Manager – Sales and Marketing. Alex is a passionate supporter of FiveP’s belief that every business should be able to harness the power of enterprise grade technology.