Are you in the market to implement a new application into your business? Perhaps you’ve recently launched a startup and need an all-in-one business intelligence platform. Maybe you want to switch to a new CRM. Whatever your specific use case might be, you might be wondering-- “What is the best way to deliver this new application?”
The short answer involves three different delivery options, which include boxed applications, custom applications, and low-code applications. We’ll break down everything you need to know about all three-- and why the latter could be the best choice for your business.
A boxed application from an SaaS (Software as a Service) company is one option for delivering applications to your company.
There are a few benefits to choosing this delivery option:
Boxed applications are often quite affordable, but they’re unfortunately not very flexible. They can’t be heavily customized, so you’ll receive a generic application that you’ll have to work to learn, rather than enjoying an intuitive platform that works for you. Just as well, licensing fees can be a pain.
Custom software is pretty self-explanatory. It’s simply software that a company makes from the bottom up, completely customized to your specific business needs. You can fully adjust this software to your business and your needs.
There are some benefits to using custom software:
While custom software may seem like a better solution to boxed applications, it’s also very expensive-- and also takes a lot of turnaround time to complete. You may have to demo your software multiple times before it is tailored to exactly what you need. You also won’t get to enjoy the benefits of support and documentation, since there is no customer support for your program. This can also make it difficult or impossible to update or add new features to your program.
When it comes to choosing between boxed applications and custom software, it’s not really a “either or” situation. It all comes down to what departments require the software and its overall purpose. Maybe a unique value to your business could benefit from custom software, while one of your departments needs a simple cost-effective boxed solution.
Regardless, our third option could fit virtually any use case for your business.
Low-code is pretty much the best of both worlds. You won’t have the full configuration options of custom software, but you’ll be able to adjust well to the processes in your company.
Low-code platforms are applications that help businesses essentially build their own software, all without a ton of coding knowledge. Low-code takes a visual approach to software development by abstracting and automating every part of the application’s lifespan. This enables quick and efficient delivery of software solutions, all while breaking down traditional forms of information technology. Low-code is a much more collaborative approach to deploying software, and the demand for it is becoming more apparent as skilled developers are in short supply.
John Rymer, the principal analyst at Forrester, spoke about why low-code could be the future of business software in a write-up for Tech Republic.
“There are just not enough developers to go around, so by going low-code, you can get a lot done with ordinary developers that you can afford,” said Rymer, “Just because you can build something doesn't necessarily mean that you should. Maybe you should reuse something that somebody already built or take something somebody already built and customize it a little bit to meet your needs.”
There are a massive amount of benefits to using low-code, which include:
There are quite a few differences between these different application delivery options.
To start, we’ve already covered the differences between boxed applications and custom applications: Boxed products are ready to go, inexpensive, and quick to implement. However, boxed products have almost nothing in the way of customization, which is a big negative, as no two businesses have the exact same needs. Custom software is a solution to this, but it can be insanely expensive. Just as well, custom software doesn’t usually come with customer support or documentation, and upgrading the software can be impossible without the original developer on board.
One of the major differences between custom software and low-code software is that low-code solutions are developed as you go, while custom software is deployed all at once. Custom software can take months to finally be made into a working final product, which can be difficult to work with. Low-code is built as you go, and what you need can be built without having to wait on a development team.
Low-code can also be a superior option over boxed applications. Applications that are ready to go out of the box have little in the way of customization and maybe more of a hindrance than a help. You can add some flexible features as you go with low-code applications. You can also enjoy bells and whistles like monitoring, reporting, and cross-platform accessibility. Boxed applications will typically require additional licenses or payment to access special features.
GGS IT Consulting provides digital workflows and application delivery, all based around low code or no code platforms. Our goal is to help our customers reach their unique business goals by aiding them in total digital transformation. While we provide consulting and implementation services, we also provide automation, RPA, and BI solutions as well. Get in touch with us today to learn more about how our team can help you transform your business with low-code tools and solutions today!