Low-code is a visual approach to software development. With low-code, you can abstract and automate every step of the application lifecycle to streamline delivery of a variety of solutions. By breaking down traditional silos of business and IT (promoting continuous collaboration), your organization can develop solutions that meets the needs of your business.
The key differences between low-code and traditional codes are their target users and their output capabilities.
While low-code/no-code application development platforms enable developers, citizen developers, and business users to quickly develop apps using drag-and-drop interfaces, custom app development methodology utilizes conventional methods for developers to create robust apps.
Due to high technicalities and the over complex nature, the custom application development platforms usually produce a lot of bugs, making it difficult for users to use the apps. In contrast, enterprise low-code platforms generally do not produce bugs while building apps. This leads to smooth running and hassle-free apps created by this system.
Low-code platforms are way cheaper as compared to their traditional counterparts. This is primarily because, with low-code platforms, a company pays only to access the specified service, not its development from start to finish.
With traditional coding, maintenance is a big headache as the updates or revision will require a dedicated in-house or third-party development team to implement changes. Likewise, software revision, in this case, is a cumbersome process for which the teams have to plan, design, and test, followed by training users on new changes.
Contrary to this, low-code platforms being aPaaS (application platform as a service), are typically run and maintained by the company that owns the platform. This makes the process of maintenance simpler as all the updates and improvements to the software are handled by the hosting company instead of the business subscribing to the service.
This is especially beneficial for companies with small or non-existent IT departments as this allows them to benefit from well-maintained software without having the need to pay for a third-party vendor or an in-house team.