7 myths about Low-Code: Anything but simple software development

Companies from all industries are trying to accelerate their actions on the way to digital transformation and are evaluating tools that can help them do so. Low-Code and also No-Code platforms are at the top of the list - among other things because of the lack of qualified software developers and the need to implement digital transformation projects as fast as possible.

Companies are currently facing major challenges such as months of development time and exorbitant costs, neither of which is sustainable in the long term. Low-Code and No-Code platforms are moving into focus. However, there are some myths or prejudices that prevent companies from taking the final step and deciding on a suitable platform.

Myth 1: Low-Code platforms are only suitable for Citizen Developer

Many CIOs are still skeptical about Low-Code platforms because they believe that they are only suitable for Citizen Developers. But the truth looks quite different. The platforms enable cross-functional teams in particular to develop applications together. They provide a collaborative environment for all team members - no matter what department they come from and regardless of their IT skills or academic background. The classic IT department is just as capable of working with Low-Code as the most diverse administrative and specialist departments.

No-Code platforms are particularly suitable for business users and Citizen Developer, because the use of the platform does not require any programming. Low-Code platforms, on the other hand, are an optimal choice for power users (business users with technical skills) and professional application developers, tailored to individual usage scenarios and project requirements.

Myth 2: Low-Code platforms are only suitable for small department-specific applications

Often, it seems that only simple solutions are possible with Low-Code. However, the 'low' does not stand for inferior quality, but rather for low-threshold code that is immediately ready for use, i.e. for a comparatively low effort and a fast project start. This innovative technology is already being used in many companies worldwide for highly complex business applications.

While initial Low-Code platforms had limitations, the latest advanced platforms offer almost unlimited possibilities in terms of scalability and performance. This allows companies to automate both core and support processes, ultimately accelerating their digital transformation.

Myth 3: The use of Low-Code platforms results in the establishment of a ‚shadow IT‘

The term shadow IT refers to a poorly managed and uncontrolled development and the use of IT applications in parallel with the central IT. There are concerns that each user will develop and use their own applications, creating application silos within the organization, which leads to separate systems and ultimately to chaos.

A code-less or code-free platform implementation enables power users, citizen developers and business users to meet their individual requirements and to build appropriate applications under the leadership of the central IT department. By managing a centralized IT team, a shadow IT can be mostly avoided and the IT leeway can be quickly made up.

Myth 4: Custom development is not possible with low code

Since the driving force behind Low-Code development is to achieve a lot without code (or with as less code as possible), the lack of adaptation is one of the most common myths about Low-Code platforms today.

However, advanced Low-Code platforms offer a high degree of customization without the need for complicated tools or extensive coding. Software developers are free to extend the functionality of a Low-Code platform as required. Right at the beginning of the application development with Low-Code it is clearly defined which functionalities and individual customization options are necessary. In addition, the future user is an integral part of the project team. In this way, exactly what is needed later is developed right from the start.

Myth 5: Low-Code platforms make coding superfluous

Low-Code platforms provide visual tools and elements that enable application developers to use intuitive drag-and-drop and visual interfaces to create applications. This enables significant time and cost savings in application development.

However, a certain degree of coding is required. This is primarily a result of the fact that business process modeling, data integration and similar functionality are complex and lines of code have to be written. But the providers of Low-Code platforms assume this issue in advance for their customers. The software can then be used immediately in the respective project and knows of its own accord what has to be done.

Mythos 6: Low-Code platforms block collaboration

Collaboration in cross-functional teams is an essential part of Low-Code platforms. It is of much greater importance than in classical software development, because traditionally developers work alone.

Otherwise the client and contractor bring together developers and users when working with Low-Code platforms,  to jointly create the final product, leaded by the central Low-Code team. All team members are fully involved. Regular feedback also ensures that all requirements are met.

Myth 7: Low-Code platforms are not secure

All Low-Code players established in the market underline the need for security, data protection and compliance. Scopeland Technology also ensures that the right controls are in place at every step, including application design, development and deployment, hosting and maintenance, to ensure application security and privacy for customers. In addition to that platform providers have their security controls continuously checked using the best security standards available on the market to ensure long-term customer confidence.



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