Performance Appraisal Software: Is Low-Code / No-Code Development Right for You?

by Srikant Chellappa Jul 13,2021

The People Strategy Leaders Podcast

with Srikant Chellappa, CEO

Deciding which performance appraisal software to integrate into your business is an important decision. You may be overwhelmed with how many options are on the market. Can you buy and use pre-made performance appraisal software, or will you need to build a new system? Many managers are struggling to understand the different types and features of each when they want to make a decision. A new generation of low-code and no-code software for performance appraisals has hit the market in recent years, and it is a game changer. Gartner estimates that by 2024, 65% or more of software creation will be using low-code. 

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Low-code and no-code development is a platform where the development is made so simple that anyone can make software or app, even if they have little or no coding skills. This is a visual software development tactic that uses block icons with pre-installed code inside them. Users can drag and drop these blocks to develop and customize the application elements. 

Both low-code and no-code development used to be known as rapid application development (RAD). They both shorten the development time of applications by easily allowing developers to use duplicate and repetitive code. The difference between these two is that no-code only lets developers use the pre-set blocks of code, while low-code still has some flexibility for developers to make additions or modifications with written code. In short, no-code and low-code can help digitize and automate performance appraisal software development.


No-code development is perfect for businesses without any IT team or specialists. Using no code to develop performance appraisal software takes a fraction of the time and cost it would take to hire a development team and create one from scratch. Many companies only need the basic requirements of performance appraisal software without the extra effort of customization.

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Small businesses with a small number of employees and different departments will find no-code performance appraisal software the easiest and fastest. This software will come pre-packaged with the most common and helpful applications. If you need something fast, that is ready to use right out of the box, your company should look into no-code.  


As your company grows and expands, you may find that the no-code software you have been using is missing many important features that your team now needs. Low-code has many of the same benefits as no-code but is less limited. A programmer can create those extra features and customizations you need. This still allows the programmer to utilize pre-set code blocks for most of the performance appraisal software and focus more time on perfecting the custom additions you want.

As the name implies, some coding knowledge is still needed for low-code development. Many companies have integrated an AI assistant to make this part even easier and faster. The AI assistant can help amateur coders navigate how to make changes to the software. It also might be necessary to use low-code instead of no-code development if your company already uses many different platforms or software, and you want these fully integrated into your performance appraisal software. 

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Low code is commonly used for task automation. With low code, it is easy to set up custom, automated tasks in the software. In your performance appraisal software, quickly set up an automated email to send out to employees when they miss an important deadline. You can set up rewards to automatically go out when an employee or team accomplishes a company goal in the system. These benefits of Low-code have made it the most productive option for performance appraisal software development. Forbes found that companies are 15 – 20% more productive when they use low-code platforms. This is because low-code platforms have higher speeds and scale than what manual code reviews and alterations can accomplish.


Low-code is more flexible than no-code platforms, but both will have limitations as a tradeoff for easy development. Low-code platforms can limit the integration to other third-party platforms or tools smoothly. No-code and low-code software often work best for smaller companies. The larger your company, the larger variety of data that needs to be processed differently inside the platform. Larger companies will likely need something more customizable than low-code to effectively categorize, filter, group, or label data. The pre-set code blocks in no-code and low-code software are targeted toward most standard business requirements in performance appraisal software. The more unique business your company and employees do, the less likely a low-code software will have all the features needed to properly measure employee performance.  

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Srikant Chellappa
CEO & Co-Founder of Engagedly

Srikant Chellappa is the Co-Founder and CEO at Engagedly and is a passionate entrepreneur and people leader. He is an author, producer/director of 6 feature films, a music album with his band Manchester Underground, and is the host of The People Strategy Leaders Podcast. He is currently working on his next book, Ikigai at the Workplace, which is slated for release in the fall of 2024.

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