No-code development platforms: a fairly new innovation that allows businesses to solve their problems fast and effectively
The process of creating new or upgrading existing software usually requires a certain number of professionals and skills, regardless of the level of the complexity. This process is often very expensive. Moreover, it can be difficult to find the right experts on the labour market. Therefore, no-code development platforms provide the optimal solution for your business.
First, let us cite a jumble of project managers, front, back, DevOps and other UI / UX specialists:
Managing and mobilizing such a team requires a lot of time, generates delays in production or results in budget overruns. Very often, projects have to be canceled during the development and before even being put into production.
All these issues prevent many companies from coping quickly enough with the new challenges posed by digital technology. Consequently, it causes a number of negative consequences for their growth.
But how exactly can no-code help to resolve all these pain points? This question will be addressed below.
What is no-code development?
A no-code development platform allows you to develop software with the usage of a graphical interface. Without having to type a single line of code. A simple and refined user interface provides the user with very easy creation methods. Such as: drag and drop, the addition of preconfigured components and other visual interfaces for the configuration of the design. This allows the creation of complex software without special computer skills. Thus, fast software development is accessible for everyone. You no longer need expensive developers, project managers, agencies and consultants to achieve your goals.
Advantages of a no-code platform compared to conventional software
No-code enables you to create software within a few hours. Therefore there are only a few days between your idea and its implementation. This implies that none of your future software ideas has to be abandoned before its actual creation. Instead, you will be able to digitize, implement and test all your ideas under real conditions very quickly.
This agility allows you to test several ideas, to iterate on those that work, and to enter into a simple process of continuous improvement. Moreover, you will no longer waste your time on testing or other acceptance processes. In fact, all of this is automated. You will no longer have any risk of bugs, no more need for TMA contracts, nor for dedicated teams to this task. No-code combines real comfort with time saving.
Finally, if you want to make a minor modification or a major improvement to your software, it takes only a few minutes. Plus, it doesn’t require a new production start. Everything is done in real time, in a completely transparent way for users.
Usually, the professional help you need in order to create software – whether that includes providers or talented developers – is expensive and difficult to find. No-code does not only solve these issues, but moreover it reduces the creation time significantly. Thus, it increases the benefits of your business even more.
As mentioned above, no-code can considerably reduce the time required to create software. What used to take months or even years – to build every line of code individually – can now be accomplished in days, even hours.
Connectors and infrastructure
Quite often, businesses use a number of IT tools, which should be interconnected correctly in order to work effectively. For this reason no-code offers a number of connectors that can be configured visually and with a few clicks. Of course always without coding! These connectors allow third-party systems to be connected to a no-code platform.
Regarding infrastructure: it is possible to install these platforms on corporate servers (on premise), but more often they are installed in the cloud (SaaS) to allow for better speed and scalability.
Shadow IT transformation
“Shadow IT” – describes computer systems created by hand by collaborators with the usage of unconventional software and techniques. These systems are a problematic phenomenon for all companies because they often ignore all basic security rules and policies. As a result, this may lead to avoidable incidents. By providing your employees with access to a no-code platform, you allow them to unleash their creativity and solve their problems on their own, while being sure that they comply with security policies. “Shadow IT” is no longer “Shadow” and good ideas are emerging, allowing everyone to take part in a dynamic transformation of the company.
Low-code or no-code ?
You may have heard of low-code platforms before, but what exactly is the difference between no-code and low-code?
The no-code allows you to create software without typing a single line of code and without having computer knowledge.
Low-code is a helping system for developers, which allows them to perform certain tasks quicker by having “pre-chewed” the work. However, it does not exempt them from writing lines of code on their own. A low-code platform therefore requires developer skills.
Another major difference between the two is the lenght of the production. It takes a few days to produce a software with the use of a no-code platform – at most! On the other hand, it takes a few months to create the same software with the help of a low-code platform.
Some key figures to know
- Gartner’s “Guide to Evaluating Development Technologies Without Coding” published by Gartner on February 26, 2019 predicts that “By 2024, more than 65% of software released worldwide will be created using configuration platforms without code »
- Forrester predicts that the codeless development platform market will grow from $ 3.8 billion in 2017 to $ 21.2 billion in 2022.
- The office dedicated to labor statistics in the United States predicts that without the use of platforms without code, the needs of developers would increase by more than 50% every 10 years without the supply of such profiles being able to keep up.
Who is this type of platform for?
No-code development platforms are designed for all companies that wish to create their customized software in less than a week and without calling on a bunch of expensive professionals. It is important to note the significant nature of “tailor-made”. Very often, companies choose and use lots of non-personalized IT tools and must therefore adapt to the architecture of these tools. Consequently, they are not able to implement their own processes correctly. In the case of no-code, it is the software that adapts to your company’s structure, culture, employees, history and processes and not vice versa.
What can you create with a no-code platform?
Test new models and new technologies for the transformation of your business by creating advanced software with the speed and ease of a simple drag and drop.
Custom CRM / ERP software
Forget complex ERP and CRM! Personalize your own interfaces so that your employees adopt them better and your internal organization is more aligned. There is nothing better today than a fully personalized CRM or ERP, without having to adapt to the intricacies of a complex existing tool.
Deliver the perfect user experience for your customers in minutes. Offer them a coherent and personalized experience.
Operational efficiency software
Transform all your paper processes into digital processes in just a few clicks! Thereby your companys accuracy, quality and speed will increase while costs decrease.
Modernization of existing business software
Other possible use of a no-code platform:
Engineering computer science
- Software and hardware management and monitoring
- Management and monitoring of users and access rights
- User support
- Process control and modeling; quality management
- Management of customer complaints
- Making appointments independently
- Inventory management and monitoring
- Accounting, finance and management control
- Sales support software for salespeople
- Interview and recruitment management
- E-learning and Moocs
- Planning and resource management
- Leave and absence management
- User support
- Configuration, production and monitoring of marketing campaigns
- Data collection, management, visualization and analysis
- Find out more about the differences between no-code and low-code development and asses which one works better for your business. Everything you need to know about low-code development platforms.
- You want to improve your SME with the help of no-code? Explore your possibilities here.
- You are a project manager? Read here how you can make use of no-code development.
- You are an IT leader? Find out more here.