Consequently, many organizations are now adopting alternative approaches, such as low-code development, to accelerate their digitization efforts. But how do low-code and traditional coding compare? Based on our extensive experience, there are compelling arguments for both, even within the organizations.
Low-code platforms began emerging over a decade ago in response to the increasing pressure on IT departments to deliver value quickly. Traditional coding languages sometimes struggled due to development speed, the absence of agile processes, or the complexities of testing and deploying applications. Low-code initially promised to democratize software development, enabling a broader workforce to create applications swiftly.
Over time, low-code platforms have evolved, with leaders like Mendix and OutSystems focusing on bridging the gap between business and IT. This shift has led to several benefits, as our experience suggests:
While low-code offers significant advantages, not all organizations can fully leverage them immediately. Your organization and development teams may need time to acquire expertise in this new technology. Although becoming proficient in low-code typically involves a steeper learning curve than with other languages. It is important to keep in mind that there are associated license fees, so a solid business case is essential.
When choosing a suiting solution, it is not just about the technological specs. At LINKITSYSTEMS we aim to build solutions that provide real impact for organizations and users. Therefore, the technology of choice should align with your organizational goals. If your organization’s competitive edge lies in delivering features rapidly, whether to end users or for internal automation, the speed of low-code can be a compelling argument.
On the other hand, if your organization revolves around a core set of critical applications and prioritizes the detailed quality of performance and user interfaces, traditional languages may be a better fit.
The decision between low-code and high-code is often not binary; many organizations successfully integrate both approaches. Using low-code for rapid delivery and high-code for critical aspects offers granular flexibility.
Ultimately, the choice between low-code and high-code hinges on specific use cases and organizational objectives. Whether prioritizing speed, automation, and IT/business collaboration through low-code or emphasizing control, precision, and community support through high-code depends on each business or use case. For dynamic, larger organizations, adopting multiple technologies can prove to be a well-suited approach.
In conclusion, low-code and high-code can coexist harmoniously and are likely to continue doing so. If you’re contemplating how to integrate low-code alongside high-code in your organization, LINKITSYSTEMS can support you to map suitable use cases to the right technology. We can also connect you with likeminded organizations across various sectors, including retail, finance & insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics.
If you are new to low-code and eager to explore its capabilities, consider joining our free Mendix Rapid Course. You can experience the benefits of the Mendix platform by building your own application in just two days.
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