C-Level

Compare LowCode from the CEO, CIO and CFO perspective!

LowCode for your company

Digital transformation is the buzzword nowadays, but what does that mean and why do LowCode vendors claim their products should be part of your digital transformation strategy?

In essence it all comes down to one thing, LowCode aims to speed up your application delivery! I can hear you think, where have I heard that before? Yes, you are right, you did hear that before. For example it is embedded in the term RAD "Rapid Application Development".

So yes, mostly LowCode is a marketing term invented by Gartner. You can segment marketing messages of ICT products into "quality" or "quantity" improvers. LowCode clearly aims on improving the quantity of apps you can deliver. Speed, rapid or high productivity, all the same. A good question though is what about Quality or Sustainability, and at what price? On this website we aim to help you answer these questions.


Typecasting C-Level

IT is not our Core business.
IT is a hygiene factor.
IT is a motivator.

We can transform our business to make money from our IT.

When citizens take over we can fire our CIO and IT department.

"So, LowCode platforms are just RAD platforms?"

No, it is worse! They're just development platforms, rapid or not.


Just like RAD predecessors LowCode development platforms claim to be simple, in that sense simple enough that you don't need formal IT education or training in order to use these platforms. Give every excel wizard LowCode and your applications will be created in no time at all, away goes your IT backlog. Glory! We have just formalized our shadow IT.

Ok, we are exaggerating right now, but this is what we see in 80% of the companies using LowCode. Instead of LowCode bringing a solution to ever growing IT backlogs it slows them down even further after an initial good start. Yes, when they started it did look like a good idea, indeed applications were created really rapidly, but when LowCode applications become more complex companies tend to hit Leaky Abstractions and architectural design failures. When management expectations are not met and good answers as to why the expectations are not provided, is the point when the **** hits the fan.

Getting your LowCode strategy to work purely has to do with how you organize your IT teams around the chosen LowCode platform. If you really believe that citizen developers can build sustainable low maintenance IT architectures and applications, it is best that you leave this website by pushing the goodbye button. A similar answer if you have the illusion that experienced developers without years of experience in the ERP business can build a ERP system.


Citizen Development? Fine, but don't expect too much!

You are still here? Good, in that case you would probably like to know what is the best innovation strategy for your company. What platform can you provide  your IT department with so developers will feel their development is a motivator again. Of course, it has to do with where your developers come from, are you a SAP oriented company, or are you a Java company? Maybe you are an ISV or Microsoft focused company? What platforms fit best? Another very important perspective for your CFO, what does a LowCode platform cost, what is their ROI in the long run? Our developers and advisors have done their best to give you their 5 cents. If you want to discuss these choices more you are very welcome to contact us directly or through our community pages. We can also recommend trusted advisors in the development field for your country and your language.

Best Platforms for Citizen Developers

Mendix Low Code

Mendix

Without compromising professional development Mendix has the best cards in the house for citizen development
Betty Blocks No-code

Betty Blocks

Great platform if you know nothing about coding and you believe in the promises of No-Code.
power apps

Power Apps

Microsoft unleashed Excel formula based low coding in their power apps strategy. Great, when you love Excel!

Best Platforms for Professional Developers

Wavemaker low Code platform

WaveMaker

Best choice supporting the experienced JAVA developer. WaveMaker is the only platform that can use your high-end S/4 HANA system as their database back-end. A HUGE benefit for SAP companies wanting to get a high ROI on their S/4 HANA investment. WaveMaker is the most open platform.
Mendix

Mendix

Great for SAP companies that believe in citizen development without compromising professional development. Mendix is tightly connected to SAP S/4 HANA with principal propagation in place while still giving Java developers an easy way to professionally extend Mendix

OutSystems

OutSystems

Great platform when you have a build before buy strategy. OutSystems is very stable Microsoft based. However, sit down your CFO when you tell him the license fees. Your CIO will tell you OutSystems cannot natively integrate with SAP S/4 HANA and has a strategy of build you own ERP. (Don't buy SAP)

Best Platforms for Experienced Developers

Wavemaker low Code platform

WaveMaker

Best platform for experienced developers, your CFO will love the pricing model! Your CIO will like the the fact that he is not locked in at all. It has it's root in VMware and is your best choice if you want control over code. Don't expect citizens to adopt WaveMaker!
OutSystems Low Code platform

OutSystems

Great Platform, especially if you are a Microsoft minded company, your CFO will probably warn you for the cost. And your CIO is worried about lock-in although OutSystems tries to reassure him there is no lock-in. (He is right, yes there is lock-in)


Google Flutter

Flutter

Your CFO will love it, it is free! How ever your CIO might warn you and tell you it is best for mobile only. And he is right! It is the most promising platform for the future backed up by Google. But web development and database management are not mature yet.
Mobile developers seem to have more problems with LowCode than web developers. Why? Because LowCode platforms seem to have more trouble keeping Leaky abstractions out of mobile development. When bugs enter the development cycle, developers want control over the code and that is where LowCode platforms have issues. For mobile development Flutter and WaveMaker are the only platforms where developers are in full control.

Some recommendations from our experienced developers

As general advice we would like to recommend you to try platforms before you buy. Don't waste time on a demo by the vendor, everything will work and everything is possible until it isn't!


Make sure your developers can play around with the platforms for some time, a few weeks is not enough. Make sure your platform has a large enough community so solutions to platform problems can easily be found.


Let developers tell you which they like best, they are the ones that need to work with the tool. Don't use LowCode platforms for complex mobile apps. Mobile apps are far more complex than web apps when you encounter bugs. Developers want control over the code.

General recommendations

Try before you buy.

Don't use LowCode for complex mobile apps.

The more open the better.

Check the developer community.
More expensive is NOT always better.

Does LowCode Experts dislike LowCode?

No, we don't. We actually see enormous benefits of platforms that speed up your app delivery, also give a development framework, are open technologies that support open standards, open source and most important that it fits your company. What we do dislike are the marketing rhetoric's that make false promises on what LowCode can do. Therefor our trusted advisors will give you an unbiased view. All of them have extensive experience in LowCode and traditional development, some of them on multiple platforms. They can be experienced as a LowCode platform customer or ISV (Independent Software Vendor). To get you started on what is the best platform, we have digested our knowledge in the LowCode selection tool. Check it out.
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