Low-code platforms are now a significant part of the software development market.
As per one of the reports published by Red Hat, Low-code and no-code platforms can save businesses 90% in application development time. Isn’t it amazing?
Many organizations are considering whether to adopt low-code technologies, with many moving towards low-code or no code.
Related Read: Your Low-code Platform Evaluation Guide
While the adoption is growing, at the same time, for many, this is unchartered territory, and there’s a fear of making mistakes in the adoption process and hurting the bottom line. This article aims to address those fears by highlighting common mistakes organizations might make when adopting a low-code environment. Making these mistakes could hamper the ROI from low-code initiatives
- Because you have not fully understood your business users’ needs
Low-code is a great tool to help you develop your next software project, but it’s not a magic bullet. If you don’t fully understand your business users’ needs, you won’t be able to create applications that meet their requirements.To avoid this mistake, you need to spend time with your users and understand what they want the application to do. This includes understanding what data they need and how they want it presented. It also involves getting an idea of their technical knowledge so that you can explain the purpose of each feature in clear language.Once you have this information, you should use it to develop an accurate project plan that includes all features needed for the software and a timeline for when they will be delivered.
- Because you are unable to demonstrate the business benefits of low-code
You may have heard that low-code platforms don’t save money and don’t provide any new revenue opportunities. This isn’t true – low-code platforms can help companies cut costs by reducing the time it takes to build software applications and eliminating the need for additional IT resources during development. They also allow organizations to respond more quickly to changes in business requirements so that they can be more responsive to market changes. All such benefits need to be clearly communicated and demonstrated to the business users.
- Because you are using the wrong low-code platform
One of the biggest mistakes most tech organizations make is choosing an unsuitable platform. There are many different types of low-code platforms available, and each offer a different set of features; therefore, choosing one that suits your needs is important. If you’re in financial services, for example, you’ll want to look for a platform that has built-in compliance features, or if you’re looking for something simple and easy to use, then you might want to consider a drag-and-drop interface rather than one requiring coding skills.
- Because you are not aligning the IT strategy and business goals
This is one of the disastrous mistakes companies make with their low-code initiatives if they don’t align with your business goals. Low-code platforms allow you to create customized apps without coding them, but they’re not magic wands that will magically produce enterprise-grade software. If you don’t know what you want your app to do or how it fits into your overall business strategy, then how can you expect the platform to help?
- Because you mistook low-code for no-code
Low-code platforms have been around for a while now and there’s a common misperception that low-code is no-code, and non-technical professionals predominantly use them. This isn’t true — low-code platforms can be used by any role in an organization, from developers and designers to business analysts and subject matter experts. The real goal is to make it easier for users with varying technical experiences to build apps without learning programming languages.
- Because there is unclear governance and planning
Without clear governance and planning, it’s hard for a business to stay on track and make good decisions about what technology to use and how to use it. You also won’t be able to track who’s responsible for what or which decisions have already been made. The result can be an expensive, time-consuming, and frustrating process. It could also compromise data privacy and security.
- Because you adopted too many low-code platforms
Low-code platforms can be tricky enough on their own and mixing and matching them can make things even more complicated. It’s important that all users use the same platform to work from the same set of tools and functions. This will ensure that everyone is working on the same data model, which makes it easier for users to move from one application to another within the organization. It also helps in integrating the applications with the enterprise technology stack and ensures seamless information flow.
- Because you ignored security
Keeping security in mind when choosing a low-code development platform is critical. You certainly don’t want to end up with a product that makes it easy for hackers to breach your data or infrastructure. A good platform will include security features like encryption and data masking, which help prevent unauthorized access to the system. It should also be able to integrate with other systems and provide user authentication so only authorized users can access certain application functions. Only through proper governance, security can be ensured.
Making the right choice means being aware of all the tools available. Using low-code software isn’t always the answer, and organizations must be sure they’re choosing the right tool for their needs. If they find an effective tool, they can really take their business further toward the digital transformation that so many businesses are aiming for these days.
If you want to make your low-code initiative first-time-right then connect with Sagacity experts today.