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In the software development industry, innovation is key. Enter low-code / no-code development, a disruptive force revolutionizing how we create software. If you want to stay ahead of the competition, now is the time to explore and adopt these new solutions. This blog will help you navigate the buzz of game-changing low-code / no-code development.

What is Low-code / No-code?

Low-code and no-code development enable users who have little or no prior coding experience to create applications through graphical user interfaces and configuration. Low-code requires minimum coding, while no-code platforms are drag-and-drop interfaces that allow users to create applications without any coding.

According to Gartner, 70% of new applications developed by organizations will use low-code or no-code technologies by 2025. Gartner also predicts that over 35% of government legacy applications will be replaced by solutions built on low-code application platforms by 2025. Another Gartner report predicts that by 2026, developers outside of IT organizations will make up at least 80% of the user base for low-code development.

Major Differences Between Low-code / No-code

Organizations must understand the main distinctions between low-code and no-code platforms to choose the best solutions for their digital transformation projects. Although the development process is made simpler by both platforms, they differ in how they meet the needs of users and meet technical requirements.


  • Requires some level of coding, allows for greater customization of the platform
  • Designed to speed up the development process for users with some technical experience
  • Provides a wider range of features and integrations
  • Offers scalability with the ability to handle more complex tasks


  • No need for any coding
  • Designed for business users without a technical background
  • Offers less customization and functionality
  • Currently, scalability is limited

Benefits and Considerations


There are numerous advantages of low-code and no-code development that businesses can leverage to meet the increasing demand of the digital age for quick application development.

  • Cost-effectiveness – reduces the need for a full team of developers
  • Lowers the Burden on IT Resources – IT departments can focus on more strategic initiatives
  • Enhanced Agility – organizations can quickly respond to market changes
  • Faster Time-to-Market – applications can be developed, tested, and deployed quickly
  • Simple Data Integration – platforms allow users to easily find, understand, and use data
  • Efficiency of Operations – routine tasks can be automated and workflows can be streamlined
  • Company Involvement – with more collaboration between IT and business teams, a wider audience can contribute, leading to better alignment with business goals
  • Improved Customer Experience – applications can be customized to meet unique customers’ needs and preferences and increase customer satisfaction and engagement levels
  • Lower Maintenance and Updates – most platforms offer automated maintenance and easy updates


While these platforms have many advantages, they also have challenges that need to be considered:

  •  Security – low-code and no-code platforms continue to provide features that strengthen the security of the applications, including encryption, authentication, and automated testing & monitoring tools to identify & resolve any potential threats. Organizations must also share responsibility for security including clearly defining user roles & permissions and training users on best security practices when using low-code and no-code platforms.
  • Limited Development – while platforms offer pre-built modules and workflows, they may not offer in-depth customization. Some may have limited capabilities when integrating with other systems or databases.
  • Dependency on Platform Providers – using a specific platform provider that can change its infrastructure and tools can lead to challenges. Future developments are reliant on the platform provider.
  • Governance and Compliance – organizations must ensure that the platform provider’s governance and compliance issues comply with industry standards and regulations

Organizations must closely evaluate the platforms and incorporate the solutions with traditional coding and oversight to minimize constraints and optimize their use.

Selecting the Right Platform For Your Needs

The goals of the company, technical specifications, complexity of the project, and users’ skill level must all be carefully taken into account while choosing the appropriate platform. Success depends on putting best practices into effect, which guarantees that applications are developed that not only satisfy current needs but also are long-lasting and can adapt to grow with the company.

Looking to the Future

The low-code and no-code movement will continue to expand, significantly altering the software development landscape, including:

 New Roles

  • While skilled developers will continue to work on complex and advanced initiatives, the role of a professional developer will continue to evolve. Professional developers will be needed to guide and support non-technical users, commonly referred to as citizen developers, to ensure that they create applications that are reliable, scalable, and easily incorporated into the business. By combining traditional coding with low-code / no-code development, organizations can strike a balance between the need for thorough customization and speed & simplicity.
  • There will be an increased need for roles monitoring governance and best practices in the new software development landscape. 

Industry-specific Platforms

There will be an increase in platforms designed to meet industry-specific needs and provide unique features compliant with industry-specific processes and legal requirements.

 Smarter Platforms

With the rapid growth of artificial intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and the Internet of Things (IoT), we will continue to see smarter low-code and no-code tools that provide additional benefits:

  • Integrating AI into low-code and no-code platforms will make them safer and more effective
  • Low-code and no-code platforms enable users to build machine learning models using pre-built modules and visual interfaces. With an increase in machine learning, citizen developers can develop applications that can identify patterns and make predictions.
  • Integrating with IoT devices and services will allow users to create applications that collect and analyze data from connected devices.

These predictions highlight the dynamic nature of low-code / no-code in the software development environment. Businesses that readily adjust to these changes will be able to unlock the full potential of low-code / no-code.

How ClearBridge Consultants Help

While low-code / no-code simplifies development, it doesn’t eliminate the need for planning, implementing, governing, and oversight. Our expert consultants work with clients across a broad array of industries to help them use low-code and no-code platforms:

  • Collaboration – our professional developers collaborate with non-technical business teams to enhance efficiency and reduce risks in software development
  • Consulting – we help our clients determine their low-code / no-code strategy and identify the best platform for their needs
  • Implementation – we help our clients with the implementation and adoption of low-code and no-code platforms
  • Migration and Integration we help our clients with the migration of data and the integration of low-code / no-code into their existing framework
  • Optimization we help our clients take advantage of the power of low-code / no-code solutions and ensure optimization of the platforms
  • Governancewe help our clients verify that the platform meets the company’s standards and mitigate risk through proper governance

 Organizations must embrace the low-code / no-code movement to stay ahead of the game in this rapidly changing digital landscape. ClearBridge is here to help! Contact us to learn more.