What is the difference between no-code and

Low-code and no-code are commonly mentioned together in the same sentence. While this is understandable, there are a number of important differences. Both types of platforms aim to reduce manual coding of software, but no-code goes one step further and promises the ability to create software entirely without using code, whereas low-code platforms still employ the use of code.


Development with no-code

No-code is based on the philosophy that "everyone should be able to create software". Every employee could become a "citizen developer". But in practice, making software entirely without code is quite difficult and almost every no-code platform has a scripting or programming language under the hood that users have to fall back on to solve more complex problems.

The desire to better align business with IT is great, but it also presents a number of significant challenges. When employees start developing all kinds of apps, who is going to safeguard data integrity, security and the continued development of these applications? And how do these apps integrate with your core systems and how do you prevent shadow IT from proliferating out of sight of IT management?


Risk of uncontrolled proliferation of apps

No safeguards for quality and security

Who is responsible for governance?


Which solution fits my organization?

  • Apps versus core software

  • Business versus IT

  • Governance

Developing simple apps versus complex business software

No-code is often adopted by the business for creating small applications, like an app for handling maintenance tasks. It allows the business to quickly implement new applications or workflows and the development process is no longer confined to a small group of professional developers.

While no-code is great for creating smaller apps alongside the core system, it is not suitable for developing more comprehensive and large-scale software. That remains the domain of the IT department. That said, even when developing smaller apps, it is important that IT is involved. If IT projects go unnoticed by IT management, you can easily end up with shadow IT. This can result in a patchwork of applications and complexity, which makes it difficult to safeguard business processes.

The majority of low-code platforms, like no-code, are also focused on creating apps and solutions in addition to a core system. Thinkwise has a unique focus within the low-code vendor landscape in this regard. The Thinkwise Platform is specifically designed for developing comprehensive business applications that seamlessly integrate with all your business processes.

The gap between business and IT

Many organizations have been facing a "culture gap" between business and the IT department for years. Collaboration between the two departments tends to lead to some frustration. The IT department costs too much and delivers too little. Business asks the impossible and jeopardizes the stability of systems.

But despite those misgivings, creating alignment is vital to the success of an organization. After all, the business knows what a customer wants and how that relates to the organization. Meanwhile, IT has expertise in areas such as governance, security, and support. Aligning business and IT is essential for successfully implementing innovative technological solutions.

This is why the Thinkwise Platform offers extensive options for co-creation. For example, stakeholders can draw and review their business processes, or contribute to the design of the user interface. IT architects and developers then tackle the agile realization process. A perfect harmony.

Fragmentation of the IT landscape.

An important consideration when choosing no-code is the increased risk of a fragmented architecture. That is because most platforms can't be locally integrated within your own corporate infrastructure.

Furthermore, whether interfaces with any of your core systems are supported by the vendor is not a given. Since apps built with no-code tools are self-contained, the data structure can become a tangled mess. This makes data management and data quality difficult to uphold.

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