Most organizations want their IT applications to be developed much faster, and no-code or low-code can be a means of achieving this goal. Traditional programming (such as Java and .NET programming), the 'high-code' approach, requires IT experts to write many lines of code over what can be weeks or months. With low-code, you mostly work with building blocks, and your IT experts have to write much less code. This allows you to build complex IT applications in weeks, or sometimes days. No-code applications are more focused on what are known as citizen developers. These are employees without a technical background who are able to create small-scale applications without the involvement of technical experts. On the face of it, this makes the no-code approach very attractive, but there are certainly a number points to consider when choosing this route.
Developing IT applications is about much more than just the application itself. Let’s take two examples of aspects that are at least equally important: data policy and security policy.
The aim of the data policy is to synchronize your data as much as possible, to ensure each data record is always the same across all systems. This way, you avoid different versions that could introduce an element of doubt. A typical example would be a customer's email address. Another common example is being unsure about whether or not an order has been invoiced, or has been invoiced in part. Or, imagine if your bank did not know the right balance on your account. The first example represents an annoying detail, the second would necessitate wasted time on administration, and the third would be considered an outrage. Before you set off down the no-code or low-code route, you should take a moment to consider your data policy.