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9 Major differences between
No-Code and Low-Code

June 10, 2020
6 minute read


If you are still not able to decode what’s the difference between No-Code and Low-Code this blog is for you.

They mean the same to all unless described with significant differentiating factors.

Gartner views “no-code” application platforms as part of the low-code sphere, lumping them together into its latest Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, 2019 (LCAP).

In conventional software development, it’s a time-consuming process. A programmer has to have in-depth knowledge of the computer languages, development environments, deployment process, testing protocols etc. But if you are considering moving away from conventional software development process to save time, improve IT debt or backlogs, faster time to market, or just want to try what is visual application development, you should know distinguishing factors for both.

Evolution of Low-Code and No-Code tools

Low-Code and No-Code platforms evolved from earlier Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools such as Excel, Lotus Notes and Microsoft Access that put some development-like capabilities into the hands of business users, (i.e., non-IT professionals).

What is Low-Code?

Low-code development is a way for developers to design applications quickly and with minimum hand-coding.

Using a Low-Code platform is similar to an IDE in that it contains a suite of functionality that complements the way developers work and the tools they need. But, it’s so much more than a traditional IDE. Very simply put, Low-Code is the process of dragging and dropping visual blocks of existing code into a workflow to create applications. Since it can completely replace the traditional method of hand-coding an entire app, skilled developers can work smarter and faster, not getting tied up with repetitive coding.

The alternative is writing thousands of lines of complex code and syntax (and then debugging it). Using Low-Code platforms, you can build complex applications visually and thereby you can develop applications multiple times faster and get the best out of your skilled developers.

This is a big reason why Gartner expects the low-code market to be responsible for more than 65% of the application development activity by 2024.

What Is No-Code?

No-Code solutions are built for citizen developers who may or may not have programming knowledge. Everything the no-code vendor thinks the user needs to build an app is already built-in. No-code platforms are similar to popular blogging platforms and e-commerce website design companies that have pre-built pages you can quickly use to launch your blog or business in minutes.

However, applications built with no-code tools are usually very difficult to customize and have no unique functionality—which can be troublesome if you need to address challenges around digital modernization. Also, most no-code platforms were initially designed to solve a single business problem, such as business process management.

So, in a nutshell, what is the difference between No-Code and Low-Code?



Business users or citizen developers require little training. Can be great for business users wanting to solve basic functional use cases

Business users, professional users, seasoned or citizen developers

Is used for front end use cases. To create tactical apps and point solutions to handle simpler functions

Use for more complex applications or part of an organization’s core systems especially those that integrate with other applications, databases or systems.

Business users or citizen developers require little or no coding experience or programming language skills – who still want or need to build apps. However, they need to undergo no-code platform training

Business users, professional users, seasoned or citizen developers require programming skills as well as low-code platform training

It may encourage the creation of shadow IT: a situation where people are developing apps without proper supervision or consideration the results can lead to security concerns, compliance issues, integration problems, and poorly designed apps that, at best, use more resources than necessary and at worst, turn your users away.

For professional developers, the ability to work faster and more efficiently using a visual-based modeller, while also allowing them to code by hand as needed, means the perpetual backlog of needed applications shrinks, while IT’s business value grows.

Offers a very little or no flexibility control

Low-code offers greater flexibility and control, which means you can build more varied, powerful, and responsive apps

Can be integrated or stand-alone

Can be integrated with other applications, databases or systems with complex use cases

Good for self-deploying apps

Good for all kinds of apps, most importantly, Mission-critical applications

Because No-Code platforms lean toward operational efficiency use cases, they don’t possess the capability to focus on user experience and hardly connect to legacy systems. Thus, custom integrations for third-party solutions or home-grown systems are mostly not supported

Customer experience applications for mobile leveraging pre-built user interface templates designed to help you optimize user-friendliness and uptake, while also serving to ensure corporate branding consistency.

Due to the stand-alone nature of apps built with no-code tools, data governance is a common challenge.

For business users, creating useful and thoughtfully designed apps under the experienced guidance of IT offers the benefits of extending your IT team’s capabilities and bandwidth but with controls and governance


Both no-code and low-code platforms can help organizations rapidly deploy new capabilities without the same overhead that typical custom software development projects require.

In deciding which tool is right for your business, there are many deciding factors that include, size of the project, the number of users for the application, timeline for deployment, budget for recurring licensing fees, the technical capability of current team or vendors, the requirement for integration with other applications or systems, and longevity requirements.

OmnePresent team can help you decide which option is best for your organization and the system(s) you need to modernize. Contact OmnePresent Team for more information.

If you would like to see how easy it is to create beautiful and responsive digital experiences for mobile apps, web apps, or both in the Low-Code platform – join us for a 30 minutes demo.




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