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Code vs No-code

I was speaking to a tech agency boss who said it is unfair to compare code with no-code, as no-code will be an order of magnitude cheaper.

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Hang on. If no-code costs a tenth as much as custom code, surely you’d always use it?

He said, well no, because of GDPR, because of integrations, and because no-code will only get you 80% of where you want to go.

I’m suspicious of all these reasons. No-code will typically be stronger on GDPR (and other security issues) as you’ve got great engineers focused on your problems. No-code tools have hardened interfaces, so are often easier to integrate with. And if you can get 80% of the way for 10% of the cost, I’d suggest you should give the 80% solution a whirl, as you’ll still have 90% of your budget left for further experimentation. (And with most software, you don’t know really know where you are going anyway.)

Anyway, that’s a discussion for another day. The fascinating thing is that even a no-code skeptic believes no-code is hugely more productive.

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Andy Bell

Andy Bell

Currently: starting SIDE— Social Impact Digital Explorers. Previously: founder @mintdigital & @boomf.