When it comes to low-code vs traditional development for software, many people can find the topic confusing.
What is low-code? How does it differ with traditional development? These are questions organizations find themselves needing answered with increasing frequency.
Because software applications are very useful to businesses, and in many cases, the more customized that app is, the better the results are for the organization.
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So, what’s the problem? The issue is that traditional software development can be expensive, slow-to-market, and littered with issues during long development cycles over many months or even years.
The majority of SMBs simply cannot afford to invest in traditional development for these reasons.
So, what’s low-code? Low-code can be seen as an alternative to typical development.
It’s in the name: low-code (or no-code) refers to platforms where complex and customized applications can be created and rolled out in a matter of months, drastically cutting down on costs and making custom apps a far more feasible prospect for companies.
72% of low-code developers create apps in three months or less, compared with six months or even years to develop applications using traditional development
The reason low-code development has these benefits is because the platform used to develop low-code apps requires comparatively little coding expertise, functioning as a drag-and-drop interface with built-in common features that can be applied with ease.
In North America, nearly 60% of all custom apps are now built outside the IT department by professionals who have little or no IT coding experience
This has opened up new possibilities for businesses, many of whom are now developing apps using low-code methods for a fraction of the cost vs. traditional development.
This is not to say there isn’t a place for coders—there very much is; and using the services of managed service providers to develop your desired app with low-code has its own benefits.
These benefits are largely the years of expertise, their comfort developing more complex low-code apps, and rapid development cycles.
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Low-Code vs. Traditional App Development
The global market for low-code development platforms is expected to have increased by a staggering 268% between 2020 and 2025.
Here’s why low-code app development is taking over from traditional means so quickly:
Skill required: Simple drag-and-drop environment, can be used effectively by both software engineers and citizen developers.
Cost: Platforms only require you to pay for access to make apps, allowing for significantly lower labor, maintenance, and IT infrastructure costs versus traditional means.
Speed: Low-code cloud-native apps can be developed more than 10x faster than traditional development.
Scope: Build apps for specific business needs, one at a time, no matter how large or small.
Deployment: Development sprints can be reduced significantly, resulting in quicker turnaround and deployment.
Skill required: Specialized software engineers—high in demand and expensive to hire.
Cost: Apps must be created from scratch, costing a lot more than a license from a low-code platform.
Speed: Building platforms from the ground-up can be lengthy and time-consuming, often taking years to fully complete.
Scope: Full-scale application development and large, long-term investment is necessary for even the smallest business process apps.
Deployment: Dev cycles are much slower, meaning time to deployment is a lot longer than low-code.
- Statista, Low-code development platform market, 2018–2025, 2021
- Forrester, What You Need To Know About Low-Code, 2018