Custom Software vs. Low Code Software Development – A quick comparison

Custom Software Vs. Low Code Software Development – A Quick Comparison

“Software is a great combination between artistry and engineering.” – Bill Gates


Enterprises these days are free to choose between custom software and low code software development. We have listed the parameters that differentiate custom software and low code software development here—the selection criteria are also dependent on the parameters, as to what a particular business requires:

Development methodology: Custom software development involves heavy documentation of every customer specification and development of workflow that meets with the client’s needs. Customer involvement is maximum. There is less burden on the employee’s shoulders and also less learning or training involved. Development cycle is faster, thanks to the latest DevOps and agile project methodologies.

Low Code Software development entails building of own modules using drag n drop functionalities. Focus is more centred on the modules rather than the actual user requirements. Though characterised by rapid development time, low code isn’t flexible enough to cover all business workflows. There is markedly high learning curve, faster development time, appreciably faster time-to-market though the user can’t pull his strings all the time at will.

Timeline Management: Well planned schedules and processes, including third-party integrations, can accelerate development time in Custom software solutions. In the case of low code software, third party integrations do not fall within the modular coding.

Budgeting: In the case of Custom software solutions, tailor-made solutions can be slightly on the higher side of cost, although a pre-defined budget can help enterprises of varying sizes. Low code software can seem inexpensive at first, but with frequent enhancements, changes or integration could prove costly. Also, tech support may fall on the head of the enterprise’s head.

Support & Maintenance: In low code solutions, making revisions in the application are no cakewalk with less code and increased pre-built components. Custom software development, on the other hand, covers revisions or updates and later integrations.

Legacy Integration & Migration: In bespoke solutions, legal systems is clearly defined for components requiring integration and migration. With pre-built components in low code software build, it is not easy to migrate and integrate third-party systems.

Security and Consistency: In Custom software solutions, you wield greater control over the application and there is greater security owing to known and unified resources. With low code, understanding the intricacies of an already code will remain a question mark. Security aspects are subject to risks since the stakeholders keeping changing hands.

Customization and Flexibility: The bespoke way enables hands-on customization and easy code management. Flexibility is greater in the case of revisions that go with user needs. Since most components are pre-built and low code, it can pose challenges to the increasing needs of customization on the business end.

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