The burgeoning low-code/no-code market is exploding with innovation, driving unprecedented value for customers while confusing industry analysts.
Gartner clings to its incoherent ‘High Productivity Application Platform-as-a-Service’ categorization, dumping the impossible-to-type HPaPaaS abbreviation onto the market like an elephant sitting on a flower. Yes, we pronounce that huh-PAP-ass.
Forrester brings a bit more clarity to the market, having finally recognized that no-code is neither the same as low-code nor a toy – and yet, confusingly separates ‘low-code’ from ‘mobile low-code’ while considering low-code to be a ‘development platform’ – a designation that shortchanges the power of many vendors’ offerings.
I have written about the low-code/no-code space for Forbes several times myself, including the article The Low-Code/No-Code Movement: More Disruptive Than You Realize from July 2017, where I pointed out that the distinction between low-code and no-code was more about whether the target application creator was a professional or ‘citizen’ developer than whether or not anyone would have to write any code.
However, as no-code platforms become more powerful and versatile, while low-code platforms become more seamless and easy to use, the distinction between the two continues to blur. Instead, a more significant distinction is becoming more apparent – one that the leading analyst firms have largely missed.
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