No Code ERP And Low Code ERP – Evaluating Dev Costs

No Code And Low Code ERP

No Code ERP And Low Code ERP concepts are becoming increasingly popular as a priority in ERP Evaluation. The desired to decrease code is fueled by the larger goal of reducing overall implementation costs and increasing long-term maintainability of the ERP solution. Different ERPs approach configuration and customization uniquely, so it’s an important factor to consider when selecting the right ERP for your organization.


No Code ERPs

Finding an ERP that allows zero coding in any area isn’t common, with even low complexity ERPs enabling embedded or external customization. Just because an ERP allows some form of custom coding doesn’t mean your organization is required to use code to take advantage of the out of the box functionality though. Using a no coding allowed policy, you’d still be able to use platform plugins and configure the system using configuration screens built in to the platform. 

Low Code ERPs

In the past 10 years, ERPs have come a long way in offering options to meet complex requirements without requiring code as part of the solution, with most ERPs still leaving the ability to add some code because of the versatility of code-based solutions. By enabling non-developers to configure the system to solve 80% or more of business needs, the remaining developer solves are significantly reduced, improving overall project spend. The amount of coding truly required often doesn’t even justify having a developer on staff. 

Code-Heavy ERPs

Some ERPs require significant development to change even basic functionality in the system. This is especially true in many legacy ERP systems. Most modern ERP systems are moving away from the code-heavy approach by introducing visual configuration engines instead. Major ERPs across the board are solving the challenge of costly and version-locked code customizations with tools to accomplish most tasks visually rather than requiring programming.

ERP Dev Costs

While legacy ERP implementations may have required north of 30% of total implementation budget for dev costs, modern ERP implementations tend to have a significantly lower cost for developer involvement. It’s important to find an ERP with the right balance of customizability, so you’re not getting a half baked ERP solution or having to rework business processes to fit ERP limitations. The best way to be confident an ERP is able to handle all your requirements and aligns with your ERP evaluation checklist is to work with experts who have hands on experience implementing solutions in the platform. Contact our ERP Selection team to understand more about no code, low code, and code-heavy ERP landscape of options.