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Four myths — AND ONE TRUTH — about low-code methodology

21 Mar 2018 - Mickey Farrance

Digital transformation is delivering dramatic results to businesses in all industries. Your company, too, can embrace it to achieve dramatically increased efficiency, new capabilities, and rapid growth in your customer base and profit margins.

Digital transformation is not just a great idea—it’s fast becoming a business imperative, because your competitors are likely adopting these new technologies to become more responsive and cost-efficient, and start-ups are using them to disrupt your industry.

But the boom in digital transformation is creating a shortage of the skilled developers you’ll need to implement your new initiatives. To address this issue and make the most of scarce development resources, companies are increasingly considering low-code platform solutions to reduce application development time. According to Forrester, the market for low-code platforms will reach $15B by 2020.

But companies often have misconceptions about low-code methodology and what it can do for them. Here are some of the most common myths about low-code development—and one surprising truth.

M Y T H 1
Low-code is for “citizen developers."

Listen to the buzz about low-code platforms and you might get the idea that the latest low-code tools will enable your business analysts to become “citizen developers,”  building applications that exactly fit your needs. In this scenario, you can drive digital transformation without having to wait for scarce expert development resources.  Unfortunately, this just isn’t true.

Sure, some low-code platforms enable business users to build simple applications. But the applications that support digital transformation are not simple. They’re high-visibility, enterprise-wide and enterprise-grade applications that need to be built rapidly and integrated with the enterprise information systems—by expert developers.

That said, a good low-code platform can provide tools that help business experts and developers collaborate on application requirements and interfaces, so that together they can build an application meets all the business’ needs for functionality and usability.

M Y T H 2
Low-code is only for simple applications.

This myth is partly true, because you can indeed use low-code platforms to build simple applications. But you can do so much more than that. 

Low-code platforms are also ideal for highly scalable applications that support complex logic—the kind of custom applications that support digital transformation of your business. 

You’ll need a team with excellent coding skills to do it, but by the end of the project they’ll be telling you how the low-code platforms made it easy for them to build robust, unique, and intricate applications more quickly than conventional development tools. 

For example, BBVA—a multinational banking group—used a low-code application platform to integrate their IT systems through more than 40 applications. And the University of Sydney developed a high-availability solution—used by more than 10,000 people simultaneously—on a low-code platform.

M Y T H 3
Low-code means no collaboration or reusability.

This myth started because a low-code platform enables various technical teams across the enterprise to start building their own solutions independently. This allows scattered teams to start being productive sooner, but raises concerns about efficiency and collaboration. Ultimately, each team will need to connect to existing corporate systems, and without collaboration or reuse, each team would need to develop its own extension to do this. 

But low-code platforms can support efficiency through reusable components and collaboration. For example, with a completely modular low-code architecture, a developer can write a connector to integrate an internal CRM solution and easily share it with all other teams through a version control system.

M Y T H 4
Low-code means no programming.

Low-code platforms offer visual development tooling so business experts and developers can collaborate and rapidly design applications that meet the business’ needs.
Drag-and-drop capabilities and templates cover common use cases, accelerating development and freeing the technical team to focus on the customization that makes their
applications unique. 

This no-programming interface is so appealing—and so powerful—that some people think that’s all there is to a low-code platform. 

But that’s just the start. Low-code platforms let you go beyond their visual design capabilities, so you can easily extend any part of an application you build with them. The best of them will let you seamlessly mix pages designed with a its UI builder with pages you build using custom code.

F O U R  M Y T H S ,  A N D  O N E  T R U T H . . .
Low-code platforms are proprietary

Four myths, and one truth—the best low-code platforms today are proprietary. Many believe that proprietary platforms offer developers more functionality, but this is a bit of a myth as well! 

Many developers prefer to work with open standards and avoid proprietary frameworks whenever they can. Open source code keeps developers from being tied to any one company’s upgrade and enhancement schedule, and also enables them to take advantage of the experience and creativity of developers around the world.

 

Bonita debunks the myths of low-code development.

The Bonita low-code platform is an ideal solution for businesses that want to undertake digital transformation to maintain—or seize—market leadership. Bonita enables developers to build better code, faster, to implement transformation more effectively.