No code: what is it and how can companies make the most of it?

Dec 08, 2023 - 4 min
No code: what is it and how can companies make the most of it?

The digital revolution has ushered in an innovative approach to software development: the 'no-code' movement. But what exactly is no-code, and how is this approach transforming the way we create computer applications?

Understanding no-code is important because it represents a major shift in the way software is developed. Let’s deep dive into the subject to understand better what no code is, how it works and how companies can make the most of it.

Agenda

  1. No-code in a nutshell
  2. How does no-code work?
  3. How can no-code benefit companies?

1. No-code in a nutshell

The term "no code" actually speaks for itself. It describes a technology or platform that allows people to create software applications without having to write traditional code. Someone with little to no skills in coding can then use no-code to create their own apps, for example an interactive form, or a website. This has opened up new opportunities for entrepreneurs, small business owners, and non-technical individuals to create their own software solutions, without being dependent on technical profiles. Big companies also use no-code tools: they can quickly build secondary features and internal tools perfectly customized for them.

2. How does no-code work?

No-code platforms provide people with a set of tools and components that can be used to quickly create applications.

These platforms include pre-built templates, drag-and-drop interfaces, customizable options and integrations with other software applications. You can then build applications by selecting and arranging pre-built components.

3. Why do companies use no-code tools?

Several trends and challenge in the software development landscape have led companies to a growing use no-code tools, including:

  • Expensive traditional software development
  • Growing reliance on digital solutions across industries, which led to a surge in demand for software applications.
  • Shortage of skilled developers

The use of no-code tools has then grown in response to the need for cost-effective ways, faster, and more accessible to develop software applications.

Cost efficiency

Traditional software development requires a team of developers, designers, and project managers, which can be expensive. With no-code, the cost of development is significantly reduced since there is no need for a dedicated development team. Non-technical users can build applications themselves, eliminating the need for expensive software development services.

No-code development can indeed cut development costs by 50-90%. (1)

Time optimization

The growing demand for software applications highlighted the need to develop applications faster to address market needs.

No-code tools empower organizations to accelerate the pace of app development by making the creation process accessible to a broader audience. While a full-code app developed by software engineers can usually take 5-6 months to be released, a no-code can be launch in a few days.

Also, no-code allows to address the increasing demand for flexibility to quickly adapt application and add features in response to customer demands and evolving requests.

Key takeways

  • No-code represents a major change in the way apps are created
  • No-code can be used by a broad audience, and allows people with no technical skills to develop applications
  • No-code tools are growingly used by companies, as it allows them to launch applications with a lower budget and more quickly.

References
(1) Intelligent Process Automation and the Emergence of Digital Automation Platforms

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