Best practices of no-code / low-code governance

As a passionate expert on no-code/low-code solutions and their benefits to organizations, I wanted to share the crucial importance of implementing governance to maximize the benefits of these technologies within companies.

No-code/low-code has emerged as a critical enabler of digital transformation, enabling businesses to develop applications quickly, without relying exclusively on traditional development teams. This approach offers unprecedented agility and allows business departments to take control of the development process, thereby reducing time to market.

However, as these platforms gain popularity, large enterprises find themselves facing specific challenges related to large-scale adoption of no-code/low-code. Effectively managing these tools within the enterprise requires a well-considered governance strategy.

Pillars of no-code/low-code governance

Awareness and training

Successful no-code/low-code adoption starts with proper awareness and training. Employees must understand the benefits, limitations, and best practices to ensure effective and compliant use.

Centralization of resources

Creating a center of excellence (CoE) dedicated to no-code/low-code helps centralize resources, foster cross-departmental collaboration, and maintain high quality standards.

Security and Compliance

Data security and regulatory compliance cannot be compromised. Companies must put robust mechanisms in place to ensure sensitive information is protected.

Integration with existing systems

No-code/low-code governance involves seamless integration with existing systems to avoid information silos and ensure overall consistency.

It should be noted that open source strongly and intrinsically promotes security and compliance, as well as integration with existing systems, through its APIs of course, but also the use of standards such as databases. PostGreSQL or workflow systems.

Benefits of well-established governance

Effective no-code/low-code governance offers tangible benefits. It enables rapid and controlled growth in the use of these platforms, reduces security and compliance risks, and facilitates collaboration between IT and business teams.

Create a governance committee with representatives from business, IT, security, and compliance. This committee should define policies, standards and procedures related to the use of no-code/low-code, and make strategic decisions to ensure consistent and secure adoption.

Set up a CoE dedicated to no-code/low-code. This can be a specialized team made up of expert developers, project managers and representatives from business departments. The CoE plays a central role in awareness, training and ongoing support for no-code/low-code users.

Designate a no-code/low-code governance lead within the CoE or as a separate role.
This person would be responsible for implementing governance policies, managing resources, coordinating between teams and communicating with the governance committee.

Establish a continuing education program for no-code/low-code users. This ensures they stay informed about updates, best practices and technological developments.

Make sure technical support teams are available to help no-code/low-code users with issues. This may include experienced developers who can step in with complex needs or security concerns.

Establish regular evaluation mechanisms to measure the effectiveness of no-code/low-code governance. This may include security audits, compliance reviews, and user feedback.

And in the case of open source solutions,

Leverage the flexibility of open source solutions to customize no-code tools based on your organization’s specific needs. This may include adding features, modifying user interfaces, or integrating with other systems.

Implement effective versioning to track changes to source code. Use version control tools and ensure teams collaborate in an orderly manner, documenting changes transparently.

Develop a clear open source license management strategy. Make sure everyone on the team understands the licensing implications, including redistribution, modification, and compatibility with other licenses.


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