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Forrester reports that no low code software supplier gets a top rating for their pricing models in the Forrester Wave of Q1 in 2019. Software prices are often incomplete or opaque, making it difficult for companies to estimate how much low code software will cost to use.

According to Forrester, 64 percent of the developers have not yet adopted a low code development platform, partly because of the unclear costs. Many suppliers have chosen to present their prices in such a non-transparent way that it is impossible to predict how the costs for companies will turn out in the long run. In addition, comparing suppliers is also quite difficult, due to the complexity of the available payment models. This includes payment per user of a service, per number of installed platforms or per part of a platform, such as a database or workflow.

Combined with the fact that there may also be separate prices for certain individual functions, this, according to Forrester, slows down the adoption of low code software. On the one hand, showing opaque prices is not totally illogical for software that is relatively often extended with new features or updates, but on the other hand, it leaves much to be desired in terms of attractiveness to potential users.

Transparency as a crucial aspect

Forrester therefore advocates two changes that would have to take place to get the adoption of low code software off the ground. First of all, the cost of a service must be completely clear and transparent from the outset. Secondly, a tool should be developed to calculate the cost of a given service for certain typical use cases of that service. In this way, future users can make an estimate of the costs of a particular business case, and platforms can be compared much more easily with each other.

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