How companies are harnessing the potential of no-code platforms
Both low-code and no-code platforms have been around for years. While the demand for application development has exploded over the past decade, no-code platforms have now started to gain traction in application development. It is also certain that the traditional programming methodology does not correspond to today’s fast-paced world. Considering the expense and time involved in application development, many companies are looking for ways to create a business application that can be delivered for less and within hours.
Codeless platforms enable faster and more collaborative application development. They help businesses become more responsive and manage business applications 20 times faster than the traditional method of application development.
Given the scenario created by the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations have had to accelerate their digital transformation projects faster than expected and with a constraint of resources. As a result, no-code platforms present an attractive proposition to facilitate rapid and cost-effective application development for enterprises.
Based on a truly agile approach, no-code platforms help businesses prototype in a day and validate their idea. They can roll out rapid feedback cycles from end users, take their suggestions, and integrate them into the app. As a result, the application success rate is multiplied by 5 and the whole process is done in days instead of months. Moreover, no code platform is user-friendly and based on the SaaS model. Unlike standard CRMs where companies pay 100% for the use of a few features, no-code platforms are easy to port. Businesses only build and pay for what they need, and then gradually add to it.
Faster application delivery
Developing and putting an application into production takes a long time, depending on its functionality and nature. The use of a complex programming language during development and the need to modify the project halfway stretches the schedule. Additionally, in a highly competitive environment, developers often sacrifice functionality and a seamless product experience for fast delivery. On the contrary, platforms without code can build applications in a fraction of the time.
One of the main features behind the faster delivery of apps by the no-code platforms is the convenience of use through the drag-and-drop interface. Without relying on engineering bandwidth, inexperienced developers can simply drag and drop the required items to complete the workflow efficiently.
Flexibility in development
In traditional programming or an application development process, coding starts from scratch, making the integration of different entities and components longer and more difficult for multiple developers. This creates the need for changes and updates at a later stage which is further considered to be a labor intensive process. However, no-code platforms use a visual development interface that provides the flexibility to start building immediately and update incrementally.
With consistent environments, developers create, test, and release apps with logic that further improves release success rates. Apart from that, codeless platforms handle change management processes elegantly and changes to the app can be done on the fly, ensuring minimal lag in functionality.
Optimization of internal resources
The traditional programming methodology involves highly experienced human resources and increases the company’s dependence on engineers or IT. Once highly professional engineers are hired, the cost of application development skyrockets. In addition, the outsourcing of the project also has its own repercussions such as missed deadlines and hidden costs involved in the project. Using codeless platforms eliminates the need for highly skilled resources and allows businesses to build applications without the need for skilled developers.
Another of the biggest advantages of no-code platforms is the uniqueness of the platform. The seamless aggregation and integration of applications allows users to interact with a single application. Additionally, these platforms can connect and collaborate with existing applications and workflows that are familiar to businesses to ensure that your data is not dispersed across applications and platforms.
Low cost maintenance
Each application requires consistent maintenance that involves IT intervention and company funds at regular intervals. In addition, modifying the work of an engineer requires a deep and in-depth analysis of the coding done by the previous developer. Over time, companies pay heavily in terms of cost and time to maintain the application. However, no-code platforms simplify the maintenance process for businesses by eliminating the need to maintain legacy code. As a result, applications are created faster with no maintenance costs. Instead, the company’s IT resource can focus on more productive tasks that are relevant to business growth.
At the end of the line
With the speed required by modern businesses, companies are realizing the need to adopt advanced technology to speed up the application development process. Additionally, the need for flexible and fast solutions is expected to shift a company’s dependence from IT to automated platforms without code. Less reliance on human resources will save significant costs and time while encouraging businesses to scale faster without compromising quality.
(Vinay Aggrawal is the founder, Hubbler)
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Posted on: Saturday November 27, 2021 4:44 PM IST