With the right partner to help navigate the millions of repos available on GitHub, choosing a robust starting architecture from the start means that an application can evolve along with the open source projects it relies on.
While low-code/no-code solutions may mean that a project can go from idea to production relatively quickly, the performance and security issues may not begin to materialize for some time. While many solutions try to implement best practices and update their solutions, once the customer base and use cases become larger wholesale changes become dangerous.
What started as a solution with one purpose will inevitably be used in ways never imagined by the original developers and changes that affect how the solution behaves can have consequences unforeseeable by devs.
With change come security vulnerabilities. At some point the drift between the original implementation and modern best practice becomes vast and these solutions are no longer the most performant, most secure way to do things.
It's absolutely critical to the health and evolution of an application to think about change as it relates to building an application. The question to ask is: “Are the tools and technologies that have been chosen going to allow for enhancements and evolution or just allow for building on top of the existing application?”
While there are countless GitHub repositories that are no longer maintained, working with a strategic partner who is familiar with open source and knows the landscape is invaluable.
A strategic partner knows what to look for, as well as how to inspire an organization and its employees to take ownership of enhancing the open source projects they are using. Using a strategic partner can mitigate the risks of choosing the wrong technology for a project.
Furthermore, using open source means that if one or more of the dependencies in a project becomes outdated or insecure then it doesn't ruin the entire project. It means there’s an opportunity to find or create a better solution to that specific issue and enhance the performance and security of the entire application.
The best way to reduce or manage cost of change is to build software applications with secure and performant microservices and not get locked into a monolithic, co-generator that has a very narrow point of view.
Apart from reducing cost of change by being at the forefront of technology and security the potential to improve profitability is greater.