Watch your language! “Low-code” and “no-code” are not the same
Low-code or no-code? Some vendors use these terms interchangeably or are over-promising. In particular, we cringe when we see or hear “low-code/no-code” — as if those two things are the same. Don’t be confused, don’t be deluded; here is what’s going on.
Businesspeople hankering to deliver their own apps love the “no-code” message. Thus, “no-code” has become a marker for products aimed at empowering business users. However, customers report that even powerful low-code platforms in some cases can’t produce apps without any coding.
So what does this mean for the “no-code” promise? Simply put, “no-code” today is an aspiration and only sometimes a reality. Why?
The term “low-code” acknowledges this reality, which is why we selected it for this category of development platforms back in 2014. We treat “no-code” as a wonderful software-delivery outcome when it occurs but advise against banking on it for all application projects.
Begin your low-code journey with realistic expectations, knowing that even if your projects require some coding, you’ll still raise your organization’s software delivery speed and flexibility.
(This post originally appeared on the Forrester Research blog, which can be viewed here).