Maintaining the Status Quo: Custom Scalable Platforms vs. Low Code Platforms

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Maintaining the Status Quo: Custom Scalable Platforms vs. Low Code Platforms

Adopting low code platforms and programming can create a bridge between ROI and time-to-market, two metrics businesses follow closely.

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Selecting the right foundation for your business is essential to long-term success in a very competitive environment. However, quicker delivery to market can give you a very profitable head start over the rest of the competition. The major question that pops up at that very moment is which among the two should be prioritized. The answer to such a complicated question becomes less complicated as you place both business decisions on the table for a complete comparison.

The Importance of a Good Foundation

A good foundation for an application can be defined as one where each layer and feature of the application is hard-coded, where the developer has control over the application and has the option to improvise according to the demands of the customer. Therefore, the most important question when it comes to developing an application is, “Will the application owner have complete control to make customizations to the existing application at each level of the development cycle?”

So why is there such a huge clamor for low code platforms? Low code development is understood to have very little coding and is mainly based out as a drag-and-drop application development tool with plugins and add-ons which makes enterprise application development seamless and an entity that can be given in the hands of citizen developers.

Is low code a deceiving platform for enterprise owners? Developing software is not economical. Developing a proper enterprise application for small and mid-sized companies is very expensive. Low code platform vendors are offering platforms which specialize in application development while putting up minimal upfront costs with very less programming knowledge requirements. However with different positive attributes, there’s got to be a few negative attributes as well. The only question is whether, the negative attributes are powerful enough to upstage the positive nature of low code platforms? In the case of low code platforms, that might be the case.

Why Low Code Platforms Deceive

Even though low code platforms offer application development with low investments in training, support and setup, application development requires proper understanding or extensive knowledge of programming, regardless of the amount of visualization that is enabled. Even minor coding processes are difficult. It is vital to have project managers and business analysts to guide experienced and proficient developers in coding processes regardless of the difficulty level.

Eliminating coding functionalities out of the application means plugins and add-ons mean that, one can get towards production at a rate much quicker than other platforms. This is the major advantage of low code platforms. However, as technology has advanced, it is interesting to note that platforms with custom coding features are available such as APPlaud, where coding processes take place at a rate 50 to 60% faster than the conventional coding processes. Using such platforms, enable enterprise owners to launch long-term profitable applications within a couple of days or weeks, rather than months.

Speed or Profitability

The success of a particular application depends on a variety of factors. Two of the major factors are the time-to-market statistics and the profitability and ROI of the particular application. Now, in the case of a particular conventional development, there are several phases in the development life cycle where customization is mandatory, when keeping the customer’s expectations in mind. In the case of a low code platform, customization is always going to be at a minimum in comparison to custom coding.

Most applications have lifecycles that last through different branches and updates which span over several years. In these cases, customizations are the bare requirement, without which, successful implementations are not possible. Low code platforms, often deceive enterprise owners by providing quick delivery of applications with low upfront cost and minimal training of coding practices. When these factors are discussed, most business leaders tend to forget about the longevity of the application and the profitability over the entire course of the application. Low code platforms are trending and popular, but that doesn’t make them the right decision for application development.

The Motto: Faster Delivery, 100% Control

Every application should give the owners governance over the data, access over the different security layers, and ease of usage of services. Platforms like APPlaud provide control over application inventory and access over different departments in the enterprise. It increases the productivity of the development cycle and provides proactive monitoring, such that any blip in the performance can be immediately looked into. These are some among the many benefits that an application developer gains from having a custom coded application. Control and Accessibility throughout every stage of the SDLC should be the primary factor when choosing the platform to work with.


In the end, the argument over which platform to use can be resolved by understanding the sense of having a particular application. If the priority of the application developer and owner is about beating the competitor to the market, then low code platforms work out well. However, if the major priority is mainly about the ROI generated over the course of the application’s life cycle, then it would be better to have a platform which gives full transparency and accessibility to the owner. The argument, however, wouldn’t end as easily as there are many points to consider before taking the important step of choosing the foundation for your application and there are certain cases where low code platforms would work best for your application. It is always important to dive deep into the nuances of choosing the right platform that would be fit for your application expectations. Imagine enabling new revenue channels by developing prototypes in a matter of days and monetizing a global portfolio of applications and services to clients. Such a scalable state-of-the-art application infrastructure to launch on-demand applications and services is possible through a unified digital application management platform. Winning in a competitive business environment isn’t as tough as it seems to be.

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