No-code, low-code tools, once a technology used by tech novice coders, is now changing the shape of enterprise app development but not everyone is going to benefit. As enterprises increasingly move towards data-driven business operations and decisions, the need for equally competent applications is also on the rise. These applications not only make the process easier and improve productivity but also have many analytical and automation capabilities that eliminate human interference in many tasks, thus, minimising the risks of errors.
But as much as the demand for such applications is all-time high, the actual procedure of enterprise app development still remains highly time-consuming and requires a lot of resources and efforts to get things right. Most of such applications generally cost tens of thousands of dollars and take several months to develop. This wide gap between spiked demand and sluggish supply essentially leaves ample room for new technologies to offer alternative solutions, which now is gaining momentum in the form of No-code or Low-code tools.
While such tools have been around for quite many years in the form of drag-and-drop tools and code generators, they have recently seen drastic improvements in both capabilities and quality that they deliver. This transformation can actually be perceived as both a good and bad news for enterprise app development, depending on which side of the aisle you are standing. Let’s just take a look from both sides:
How Enterprise App Development Will Be Strengthened
With such tools available, enterprises can quickly deploy the solution for their needs without even having much technical proficiency. Novice developers or even students can be easily trained to use such tools and rapidly create decent solutions. This, apart from saving a lot of money, will also endow enterprises with usable solutions in a short time period as compared to the number of months they otherwise would have to wait. In a nutshell,
- It improves productivity.
- Saves money for the enterprises.
- Drastically cut short the development time.
But as much as these tools are beneficial, they aren’t perfect. Apart from their lack of capabilities in some respects, the extensive use of such tools also stands to disrupt the entire domain enterprise application development. Since such applications are known to be large-scale and intricate, they often require high expertise and tailored solutions. The problem with such tools is that they are more or less generic and have little to offer when any peculiar problem arises. But once such tools become widespread, the sub-standard solutions they create will, in fact, be the new standard, with little room for specialised solutions and tailored components.
Plus, there are the top enterprise application development companies, who may find themselves in deep trouble. Since they rely primarily on large bench-strength of coders and their billable hours. when enterprises themselves start to create applications, or when building applications require less expertise, there will be little value left for those consultants to exploit. In short,
- They promote generality over specialty.
- Little incentives for expert developers.
As you can see, though these low code, no code tools are intrinsically very existing and are poised to get better over time. But we can’t ignore the fact that not everyone has the same benefit of using it.