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The Secret Sauce of getting Started with ‘No-Code’

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A growing number of businesses are turning to low- and no-code platforms in order to enable IT and business staff the opportunity to build apps. As a result, many businesses find these platforms to be a vital element of their operation. 

Nearly nine out of ten no-code platform users globally claimed their roles are crucial to business success, saying that they directly enhanced business performance in a survey of 318 customer firms worldwide. 

The study concluded that no-code apps enable a more comprehensive range of people to work on development. Women make up nearly half of the users; four out of ten are Millennials and seven out of ten work in non-IT areas.

Defining no-code

Software design solutions that allow non-technical users to run software without creating a single line of code are called no-code frameworks. 

These tools visualise offer user-friendly interfaces and drag-and-drop capabilities to help you visualise the implementation process and express your general business logic. 

It’s a programming platform that uses a visual development interface to allow non-technical users to construct apps by dragging and dropping software components to create a complete application. No code does not necessitate any prior coding knowledge on the user’s part.

Process of building application with no-code

1. Set up and agreement of priority

Consider no-code applications as a viable alternative to traditional IT requests in the areas of your business where there are problems or critical difficulties. Seek input from other leadership team members and the workforce as a whole.

2. Choosing the technology stack

Despite the fact that no-code platforms are meant to be used by non-programmers, they must integrate seamlessly into your existing IT architecture.

3. Start with a pilot

Beginning with a small pilot project that affects a single company procedure is always the wisest course of action. It is essential to conduct pilots so that you may learn from your mistakes as you go along.

4. IT mentors

IT executives have a wide range of experience in dealing with various groups’ security, integration, and user adoption issues. Leaders must assign IT liaisons to teams using no-code tools so that they can monitor the work of individuals developing business apps and keep in touch with IT regularly.

5. Security issues

A continual relationship between IT and line of business builders is needed to ensure that organisations can maintain a safe infrastructure while supporting the creation of no-code apps. When it comes to IT oversight, it depends on the nature of the apps being developed and how tightly they are linked to other departments’ activities.

6. Documentation

The first step in implementing no-code tools is for IT and business leaders to collaborate on a policy that identifies the various parties involved as well as the processes and technology that will be required. On the other hand, no-code developers should establish detailed programme roadmaps for their prospective consumers.

7. Trust buildup

As a result of allowing staff the power to design applications, leaders must refrain from micromanaging while encouraging regular communication and updates.

8. App testing

To begin even a simple pilot programme, leaders must implement a rigorous quality assurance methodology. To ensure that new apps are fully functional, they should be put through their paces by actual users from the organisation. Moving to a real-time production environment for the apps should only be done.

9. Prepare for challenges

Developing no-code software is trial and error, and organisations will likely expand on their initial successes over time. Leaders can focus on more strategic matters if workers have the tools to handle some of their difficulties.

Does investing in no-code make sense? 

In terms of business, what are the advantages of no-code programme creation? In addition to time savings, cost savings, and a single platform, WEM’s no-code creation methodology delivers value to the firm when developing business-critical applications.

Several benefits of no-code software development have been discussed: 

  • It’s best to concentrate on the app’s core without coding. You will spend more time with your clients and create something they will appreciate using a no-code application-building platform, focusing on the application’s core.
  • No-code architecture tools simplify front-end UI design by providing rich models that can be used and customised. You don’t have to start from zero in UI/UX, so you can spend more time with your clients and improve your app experience.
  • 80 per cent lower development cost is guaranteed in no-code. Conventional and DevOps software development methods are expensive. Recruit technical skills higher up. Front-end and back-end developers, security consultants, financial experts, and software and cloud professionals may be needed. No-code applications encapsulate front-end and back-end development. One back-end or front-end developer can build the stack. They can evolve faster without starting from scratch. Building on a network eliminates the need to consider cases, databases, and security. 

Final thoughts

There is no way the no-code wave is stopping. For businesses to stay afloat in the ever-evolving world, starting with no-code adoption can pave the way for survival.

According to Gartner, by 2025, 70 per cent of new applications developed by enterprises will use no-code or low-code technologies. Jump on this no-code joyride!

Posted by Vivek Goel on: October 20, 2022 06:35 AM | Permalink

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Stéphane Parent Self Employed / Semi-retired| Leader Maker Prince Edward Island, Canada
We want business people to use no-code tools without training. Yet, we expect them to understand and deal with IT topics such as testing and security.

We say no-code tools allows business to develop applications when IT is too busy. Yet, we expect IT to set up the infrastructure, governance and staff to support no-code development.

Vivek Goel Vice President - Marketing and Evangelism| Quixy India
@stephane IT plays an important role in laying the policies and governance for no-code development. Once the right policies and governance structure are in place, business users can build applications for their unique needs without having IT worry about security issues. That is a lot of empowerment compared to going to IT for every software need. Also, it must be emphasised that training is not the same as learning to code. Users have to spend some time learning the no-code tool to exploit its full capabilities. Most tools incorporate this training as part of their onboarding process.

Hillel Selznick Hillel Selznick| Hillel Selznick Art Studio New York, Ny, USA
Totally agree with you.

Sergio Luis Conte Helping to create solutions for everyone| Worldwide based Organizations Buenos Aires, Argentina
Each year from 1991 I participated into OOSPLA where I worked and interacted with all the people that today are considered "Gurus" in topics like today "buzzwords" like Agile. In 1998 one of them said: "in near future, no matter the domain where they are, all companies will be software companies". The point about to stated that "There is no way the no-code wave is stopping" is because the assumption behind this is all people will be software/technology oriented people. No more software specialist will be needed in the near future. Just to comment, I saw the same movie lot of times before....

Vivek Goel Vice President - Marketing and Evangelism| Quixy India
@sergio thanks for your comment. I strongly believe every company today is a software company i.e. they use some or other form of software to either improve the efficiency of internal processes or offer better customer experiences. For those who don't, it's a matter of time that they will either adopt software or fall behind their competition. With the increasing need for software and not enough professional developers to meet that need, it's obvious that no-code is here to stay.

Latha Thamma reddi Sr Product and Portfolio Management (Automation Innovation)| DXC Technology Mckinney, Tx, USA
Thanks for sharing

Latha Thamma reddi Sr Product and Portfolio Management (Automation Innovation)| DXC Technology Mckinney, Tx, USA
Thanks for sharing

Danny Seow Tokyo, Japan
Keep learning, keep growing.

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