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No-Code vs Low-Code – Suitability for Digital Control and Governance Solutions


In the digital transformation arena, you may hear about no-code and low-code platforms. Low-code platforms allow users (technical) to create work processes through graphical user interfaces and minimal coding, while no-code platforms enable users (non-technical) to build work processes using purely visual tools with no coding required. In the quest for digital transformation, organisations often face the dilemma of choosing between no-code and low-code digital workflow solutions. While both promise efficiency and agility and there are use cases for both, well designed No-Code Platforms can stand out for their universal applicability and ease of use, particularly when adapting to different working methods and ensuring widespread digital adoption.

Potential Limitations for Low-Code

  • Customisation vs. Standardisation:
    Low-code platforms are praised for their ability to automate specific tasks efficiently. However, they often fall short when accommodating the diverse working methods across an organisation. For instance, Team A might deal with work allocation differently than Team B, requiring a more nuanced approach that low-code platforms can struggle to provide without significant custom coding.
  • Permissions and Flexibility:
    In a dynamic organisation, permissions and access controls need to be flexible and easy to set up per team. Low-Code Platforms, while somewhat flexible, usually require a deeper understanding of the system’s architecture, making it harder for non-technical users to adjust permissions swiftly and accurately.
  • Neglecting Bespoke Tasks
    Organisations often have low-frequency, high-risk bespoke tasks that are crucial to their operations. The true value of digitisation is diminished if these tasks remain untouched due to the complexities of low-code development. No-code platforms, with their user-friendly design, enable a broader range of tasks to be digitised, ensuring that critical but less frequent tasks are not overlooked.

Why No-Code Platforms Can Prevail

  • Ease of Implementation No-code platforms are inherently designed for users without technical expertise, removing the need for a deep understanding of coding or system architecture. This democratises the process of creating and managing workflows, allowing any team member to contribute to the digital transformation efforts.
  • Rapid Adaptability
    In a no-code environment, updating and iterating workflows is as simple as a few clicks. This means that when Process A requires an update, it can be done swiftly and without the need for technical intervention, ensuring that the organisation remains agile and responsive to change.
  • Wider Adoption and Empowerment
    The simplicity of No-Code Platforms encourages wider adoption within the organisation, empowering employees to take charge of their workflows and innovate. This contrasts sharply with low-code platforms, which, due to their partial reliance on coding, tend to create bottlenecks as they require specialised skills for implementation and maintenance.

Important Note: In this paper we have compared Low-Code Platforms with “well designed” No-Code Platforms. What characteristics should you look for in a “well designed” no-code platform?

Top Ten Qualities to Look for in a No-Code Solution

  1. Flexibility and Customisation
    Ability to tailor workflows to specific departmental or team needs without requiring complex coding.
  2. Rapid Deployment and Update Features
    Quick to implement and easy to update, allowing for continuous improvement and adaptation to new requirements.
  3. Intuitive Design
    A user-friendly interface that allows users to create, modify, and manage workflows with minimal training.
  4. Scalability
    Can grow and adapt as the organisation expands or changes, handling an increasing number of tasks and users efficiently.
  5. Robust Security
    Strong security measures and access controls to protect sensitive data and maintain compliance with regulations.
  6. Comprehensive Integration Capabilities
    Seamless integration with existing systems and data sources, as well as the ability to connect with a wide range of external applications and services through APIs.
  7. Collaboration Tools
    Features that enable teamwork, such as shared workspaces, real-time updates, and communication channels within the platform.
  8. Transparent and Detailed Analytics
    Providing insightful analytics and reporting features to track performance, identify bottlenecks, and make informed decisions.
  9. Customer Support and Training
    Quality No-Code Platforms come with robust support and training resources to ensure users can leverage the platform to its full potential.
  10. Vendor Domain Expertise
    Choosing a solution from a reputable provider with a relationship team that understands your sector and the operational challenges that exist.


A well-designed, high-quality no-code digital workflow solution is the correct choice, especially when it addresses the unique challenges and requirements of an organisation. By prioritising these top ten qualities, businesses can select a no-code platform that not only simplifies and accelerates their digital transformation journey but also ensures it is sustainable, secure, and successful. In doing so, organisations empower their teams, enhance operational efficiency, and maintain agility in the ever-evolving business landscape. Our solution at Nexus Assurance, Navigator, ticks all these boxes and can be truly transformational for your organisation.