The 7 myths of low-code/no-code platforms destroyed
King Arthur and the sword in the stone, Perseus the slayer of Medusa, even Unicorns (believe it or not) are all myths! Myths have been around for as long as humans have been able to tell stories.
Fabricated stories passed down for centuries with not a single fact to back them up.
Which is why it's time to put the low-code/no-code myths to rest - so they don't get passed on and lose their original meaning for existing.
The first 3 are talked about across the web, so people are already crushing these myths.
Myth 1: Low-code/no-code platforms are for citizen developers
Well, yes. These platforms allow business experts, from SMBs to enterprises, to build digital solutions which address unique or industry-specific problems.
That's why the platforms came into existence. To put something out in the digital marketplace that solves problems more affordably, and can be created by citizen developers.
Low-code/no-code platforms, however, have benefits to IT and development teams because the technology enables skilled developers to build enterprise-grade, mission-critical applications rapidly and affordably. And many of the applications can have high visibility and potentially be used by a large number of users across broader industries.
Which leads to ...
Myth 2: There's no programming needed
Duh! Of course, there is!
No-code applications are out-of-the-box drag-and-drop. Developers of apps, however, code variables into the platform so it's easy for citizen developers to build solutions based on business scenarios and needs. Any customization needs the help of a developer or coder in the back-end to change the variables – and many successful business applications are reliant on customization.
Low-code platforms need coders. Not to say applications can't be built with little to no coding, but there's room for change. Customization and integrations need the expertise of developers.
A low-code platform worth its salt must not only make it easy for users to build software, but also must allow them to build tests, identify issues, scale easily, and always deliver a highly secure application.
That isn’t to say that low-code development platforms should be used to solve all software development needs. Low-code platforms deliver much of their productivity gains by specializing in certain solutions, such as business process management, case management, and enterprise business operations. In addition, modern low-code platforms are designed to work seamlessly with traditional programming languages and development environments, allowing professional developers to extend the capabilities of low-code design tools. (Source)
Myth 3: Low-code/no-code platforms are for simple, small applications
Low-code/no-code is a great option for internal and external needs of a business, no matter how complex.
Using low-code to produce a working application of any idea, whether simple employee time card management to inventory control processes, is a key advantage and beneficial to both business members and IT staff. It means employees can rapidly expand the feature scope and customize as needed, or add features to the first round applications. It also allows for application expansion as the business grows.
Now for the myths that aren't being talked about as much. Let's bring these next 4, to some degree talked about, myths into the open...and squash them.
Myth 4: There's no flexibility in building low-code/no-code applications
The very foundation and reason, low-code/no-code platforms were developed is for ease of use and flexibility in creating applications that solve problems.
What about opening an online store? There's no need to spend thousands on software development, just go to an e-commerce platform, choose a template, add products, and start selling. For a unique branded site, a developer can jump into the back-end, add HTML and CSS code and the store now has pizzazz.
The same can be done for internal business and productivity applications. An out-of-the-box application may work for a small business just starting out. As the business grows it will need the flexibility to add greater functionality, which a developer can apply with code changes.
As platforms evolve, more powerful features can be added to give more flexibility and capabilities.
Myth 5: Low-code/no-code doesn't allow for collaboration
If anything, building low-code/no-code applications allows for greater collaboration among business stakeholders, teams and customers.
With traditional software development, engineers and developers take an idea and then go quietly into their cubicle to write lines and lines of code to build the solution. Yes, they get together for daily scrums but then retreat back into their coding sanctuary.
With low-code/no-code application, it's not only exciting for the person with the idea to be part of the development, but people throughout the department, or even the entire business, can have a hand in designing the look, feel and structure of the application.
That's something to talk about over coffee...or beers.
Myth 6: Low-code/no-code isn't scalable
Lego. In 1949, the precursor to today's Lego bricks was the LEGO Automatic Binding Brick with four and eight studs...in 4 colors.
Today, designers have built the Lego Empire State building, a working Lego bridge...that real cars can drive on, even the world's largest Lego ship.
What does Lego have to do with low-code/no-code? In 1949, did they have any idea they would build an empire? That their brick would be more than just a toy, it would be a phenomenon and for some, an addiction?
Scalability is an attribute that describes the ability of a process, network, software or organization to grow and manage increased demand. A system, business or software that is described as scalable has an advantage because it is more adaptable to the changing needs or demands of its users or clients.
Scalability is often a sign of stability and competitiveness, as it means the network, system, software or organization is ready to handle the influx of demand, increased productivity, trends, changing needs and even presence or introduction of new competitors. (Source)
Rome, or the Lego Empire State Building, wasn't built in a day. The original thought was scaled from inception to a working model...and beyond.
As Hadrian said to the people during the rebuilding of Rome..."Brick by brick my citizens, brick by brick."
Myth 7: Low-code/no-code doesn't have the security
This is one of the more serious matters when it comes to low-code/no-code. Just because apps are simple and easy to use, doesn't mean they're not secure enough to use in vital operations.
Software and application security is not taken lightly and there are standards and requirements set up to ensure compliance. Application best practices are used throughout the lifecycle, from development to deployment, and will be used as platforms evolve to ensure security.
Security from a business standpoint means developers (citizen and professional) need to understand what data security priorities are, and what policies must be enforced. Otherwise, businesses could be throwing money into something with very little return or benefit, strangling business operations rather than supporting them.
To Coactive, security is and has always been top-of-mind. There are tight security requirements for software. Confidentiality, authentication, PCI, GDPR compliance and encryption are only a few features necessary to conform to regulations. Coactive provides features "at rest" and "in transit" baked into the platform that can be turned on to meet compliance and ensure a secure application. This means citizen developers don't have to be clued up on all the latest regulatory standards, we have them covered for our customers.
Low-code-no-code is no longer myth, it's reality
Low-code/no-code is not only here to stay, but with expanding technology capabilities, it's becoming easier to streamline the development cycle and build applications to solve growing business requirements.
Low-code/no-code platforms all have their strengths and weaknesses, but the platforms are created with evolving and expanding business processes in mind. This means they can be built, customized, and scaled with flexibility and secure protocols built in.