Increasingly, senior management teams are looking to digitally transform their organisations. They are asking their teams to digitise their processes and move away from paper and analogue systems, such as spreadsheets and emails. This means an investment into software solutions, which typically means either hiring developers to build you a bespoke system, with the associated cost and time implications, or utilising an, often inflexible, off the shelf solution.
It is these conditions that have led to a surge in no and low code platforms. On the surface they offer a similar alternative to the more traditional options, through the use of Rapid Application Development and drag and drop interfaces they can reduce time to delivery and increase productivity. However, dig a little deeper and there are some interesting and important differences.
Low-code platforms, like LEAP by FLOvate, utilise a range of powerful pre-coded functions to build powerful business applications. These elements can be configured in a vast assortment of ways to fit any process and your solution can be further adapted by adding additional hand-coded elements.
As previously stated, no code platforms seem very similar to low-code, in that they too use pre-configured elements to build business applications. Normally using drag and drop interfaces, they typically have a smaller range of functionality and more of the stages are preconfigured, there is not the opportunity to extend your system with hand-coding.
An enhancement not a distraction
For most users, a low-code system will present itself as no code, the majority of solutions and applications can be built entirely using the pre-coded blocks. A low-code platform just means that there is the opportunity to add hand-coded elements, if they are needed. Take the example of Excel, 99% of users won’t ever have the need to add code to extend its functionality. It could even be suggested that a lot of Excel users are not aware that this feature exists. The ability to extend the capabilities of Excel using visual basic code can transform Excel into a very powerful tool, able to deal with very complex queries. It is an enhancement that makes Excel even more powerful, without affecting how it works for the millions of everyday users and taking nothing away from the ease of use.
Comparison of Low-code and No Code
|Hosting||Hosted on site or within a cloud environment.||Normally hosted in public cloud|
|Integration||Through APIs and messaging servers||Can’t be integrated into other systems|
|Data Governance||Can be included in company-wide policy||Separate from other sources – can lead to duplication|
|Built in features||Many available with ability to build atypical features||Can include a range of features but can be limited, no room to build additional/bespoke features.|
|Process type||Can handle simple or complex processes||Best for straightforward processes|
|Scalable||Depends on architecture||With limits|
|Flexible||Yes||Within parameters of platform|
|Adaptable||Can be changed with minimal effort and outlay||Can be adapted but only within realms of platform|
|Ease of application build||Very. Low code presents as no code in the vast majority of cases.||Simple drag and drop interfaces.|
|Compatibility of created application||Completely tailored to fit your processes||Depends on the process/features in the platform|
How do I know which is right for my business?
Now that you know the difference between No and Low-code, how do you know which one is right for you? There are some questions you should be asking of yourself and your processes to help to determine the best approach for your business.
- What process do you need to automate?
- What do you need the application to do?
- How much support will you need from the vendor?
- Are your IT team on board with your decision?
- What is your budget, both for upfront and monthly costs?
LEAP, powered by FLOvate
LEAP, FLOvate’s low-code platform will provide you with all the features and flexibility you need to build an application solution to automate, improve and optimise any business process. Contact us today to find out how LEAP can help your organisation.