Fortunately, most businesses don’t actually need to hire a team of programmers to build and maintain custom software solutions: They can achieve their requirements with no-code platforms — at a much lower cost — and make heroes out of everyday employees.
An alternative to traditional software development, no code platforms empower non-technical users (sometimes called “citizen developers”) to build innovative solutions to their business problems.
No-code platforms use a visual development environment, so non-programmers can create custom applications using a straightforward drag-and-drop interface. This eliminates the complexity of coding, enabling the layperson to design applications according to what they want them to do, rather than figuring out how to make them do it.
A common misconception about no-code development is that it only works for basic applications. In reality, today’s no-code platforms can be used to build sophisticated, end-to-end enterprise solutions.
It’s important to note the difference between no-code and low-code applications. Low-code platforms (sometimes called rapid application tools) come with pre-built functionality that allows non-technical users to build their own apps up to a point, but require coding knowledge to be completed.
With no-code development platforms, you don’t need any code, full stop.
Some examples of no-code apps are Salesforce, Airtable, and Fulcrum.
No-code app development platforms deliver huge benefits to the businesses that leverage them, such as:
Cost-effectiveness. As mentioned above, no-code development eliminates the need for hiring a team of software engineers or hiring a consulting agency to build and maintain a bespoke (and expensive) solution.
Workforce empowerment. You can equip more of your employees with the tools they need to become citizen developers to help facilitate faster development and customization of your applications.
Productivity. Bug fixes and updates are handled by the software provider, not your employees. This enables your teams to skip the IT backlog and focus on optimizing your business processes and meeting the needs of your customers.
Speed and agility. The problem with hand-coding is that modifying and testing your apps can take weeks, if not months. With a host of citizen developers using a simple drag-and-drop interface, you can get your apps updated and deployed in minutes.
IT-friendliness. No-code platforms help cut down on shadow IT (projects and software that are managed without your IT department’s knowledge). It’s a lot easier for them to manage one or two no-code solutions that your teams can customize for their own requirements than auditing dozens of different cloud services.
Check out the webinar Not All Heroes Write Code to learn how no-code development platforms help ordinary people do extraordinary things, such as: