The Challenges of Low-Code and No-Code Platforms

Everyone’s boarding the low-code and no-code bandwagons, and it makes sense.

People are future-proofing their businesses and leaders are making the effort to streamline how they work. At the rate of how things are turning out today, it seems unwise not to embrace these technologies as relying only on traditional business processes will do you more harm than good.

Firstly, many project management tools, albeit online, are dated. Secondly, one’s refusal to adapt to automatic integration tools only makes your office practices inefficient.

All those mentioned, it bears noting that the low-code and the no-code scene are expected to cover a huge fraction of app development efforts moving forward. Still, these technologies aren’t without their challenges, and unless entrepreneurs and leaders take the initiative to learn and understand how these platforms work, they could be treading on dangerous ground, too.

Both low-code and no-code platforms extend numerous perks and benefits, but the picture is never only black and white. From learning curves to technical challenges, we’re all still learning what these platforms’ best practices are.

As such, the responsibility to listen, learn, and adapt is critical.

For instance, traditional programming, although exclusive only to the pros and the experienced, provides a clear context of who can develop apps, what privacy protocols to follow, and which strategies best demonstrate documented partners.

We can’t say the same for the low-code and no-code technology.

That said, it’s crucial that we understand how the dynamics of these platforms affect how we function and recognize what else we can expect from these technologies as times progress.

Here are the leading challenges of low-code and no-code providers:

1.   The cultural change can be drastic

Although companies don’t have to take big strides, the heart of low-code and no-code platforms demand a shift in organizational culture. Whether a startup or otherwise, remodeling one’s culture to wipe out silos can be difficult. This requires extensive endorsements and a lot of careful planning.

2. Learning these platforms demand resources

Unless you have the time and money, having to learn the ropes of these technologies can be a luxury to a lot of people. While anyone can argue that these platforms are hugely drag-and-drop editors, it’s only fair to say that not everyone has similar learning curves.

Of course, how snappy and knowledgeable one is with technology varies too. Furthermore, not all these providers have stellar free accounts. In other words, for one to truly grasp how a platform works, they’ll have to be subscribed to gain access to complete features.

3. You may need several low-code and no-code platforms to pull off a project

Some platforms are designed to cover the majority of your application needs, while others are more targeted to niches. For instance, Bubble and Unqork are designed to be optimized for a variety of programs, but they can benefit greatly from other low-code and no-code providers that extend special third-party features.

Here’s an example: Bubble, although terrific on its own, shines even brighter when integrated with Zapier or Parabola. The integration capabilities and data manipulation with either platform produce stronger results, ensuring more work is done efficiently.

Simply put, many low-code and no-code platforms provide more promising outcomes when partnered smartly. That being the case, this can be even more challenging to perfect as various platforms have different methods of getting things done.

4. Pricing is often confusing, if not expensive

Dozens of enterprise low-code and no-code platforms are generally pricey. SMEs and startups, for instance, are typically less scalable. As such, the involvement of more than one platform only contributes to the costliness of these subscriptions.

5. Community support and resources aren’t all that abundant yet

Yes, today’s age of digital advancement and social media affords are numerous courses on a lot of things. Still, there aren’t too many courses and resources available for low-code and no-code technologies.

While how-to guides are abundant, there’s arguably a stunning lack of friendlier tutorials that make use of casual, non-jargon language. As a result, users spend more time learning how these platforms work, especially if these are newer low-code and no-code providers.

Obviously, this isn’t the case for traditional app development where hundreds and thousands of videos are available for one to binge and learn from online. Thankfully, more providers are putting out more content in this department, and agencies like aren’t shying away from wiring reliable how-to blogs, as well.

Now, what?

Despite these many hurdles, the modern professional must buckle up and prepare.

The future is no-code, and there’s no turning back. As such, these “pains” are necessary hurdles to overcome for leaders, creatives, and workforces to remain relevant and competent in today’s evolving economy.

And because one can argue that the commercial low-code and no-code platforms are still in their infancy era, one can only expect many of these providers to be even more mainstream and more feasible in the years to come.

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