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Busting Myths about Low-Code and No-Code Tools

busting no-code tool mythsLow-Code No-Code development tools will be responsible for a full 75 percent of application development by the end of 2021, says Forrester, but there are still plenty of myths about them that simply aren’t true.

Those myths may be holding you back from using them. So consider the truth about these four myths before writing off using the platforms. They’re taken from the Forbes article, “The Pervasive Myths Of Low-Code/No-Code”, so head there for more details.

no-code tools are strong app builders

Big Myth #1: Low-Code No-Code Tools Aren’t Powerful

The article points out: “This red herring argument misses the point. The truth is that developers use LCNC tools frequently. They're faster than code, easy to grasp and easy to collaborate with others… It's not about whether the tool is weaker than code; it's about whether the LCNC tool can be extended with code if necessary… Claiming that LCNC is just about weak software is just a narrow view. LCNC is a long-term trend that is here to stay. Gartner, Inc. predicts that it will account for more than 70% of all app development by 2025.”

no-code tools can be used by experienced developers

Big Myth #2: Real Developers Use Code

The article notes: “There's no doubt that code is the most flexible and most powerful option, but code is not the only ingredient for quality development. Time and resources also matter, and code is time-consuming and expensive.

“Sometimes, there's not enough time for code. Other times, there are not enough skilled developers to make it happen. Often, there is no point in reinventing the wheel because serious LCNC tools can accomplish the same task.”

Developers who use low-code and no-code software shouldn't think of themselves as lazy. Instead, they can become incredibly productive and speed the time it takes to add functionality, from mobile features to data integration, to advanced security, to offline capability.

bright and shiney app features

Big Myth #3: Low-Code/No-Code Tools Don't Have Bells and Whistles

The article points out: “This couldn't be farther from the truth…Great LCNC platforms are designed with extensibility and give the users great power packaged in an easy-to-use tool. Complicated things like standing up servers and wrestling with DevOps are not ‘bells and whistles; they are just busywork that users shouldn't have to worry about in the cloud era.

“LCNC software should work like an electrical outlet — the power should just be there when you need it. It doesn't eliminate features for the sake of fewer technical users; it hides the advanced settings so power users can find them while novices aren't feeling overwhelmed.”

no control

Big Myth #4: IT Must Give Up Control When Low-Code No-Code Tools Are Used

The article points out: “It is becoming a clear best practice for IT and the business to work closely using LCNC tools. Yes, the role of IT is changing, but with serious LCNC tools, IT is more important than ever because it needs to take the reins using the enterprise governance feature set to ensure that individual teams can work safely according to the security posture of the organization.”

Don't think that adopting low-code or no-code app makers will make you give up control. Many app builders have high levels of flexibility and control.

The Best Low-Code No-Code Tool for Your Company

Alpha Software award-winning no-code toolAlpha Software offers the best no-code/low-code platform for building mission-critical applications and more. It includes enterprise-level security and integrations with data sources and other applications, as well as two different environments for building apps..

The Alpha TransForm no-code app builder helps enterprises craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Learn more about the benefits of no-code tools.

Alpha Anywhere low code app development software helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Learn more about the benefits of low-code software.

If you need to take apps further, Alpha Anywhere low-code development software has the unique ability to rapidly create mobile-optimized forms and field apps that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. Build apps for free with Alpha Anywhere Community Edition.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.

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