So what is No Code development? It seems that new No Code platforms are born everyday. Some suppliers interpret the term “no code” quite literally. My coffee machine at home is in that sense also no code. There is not yet an established clear definition, but the trend is there. Time to find out and understand what it means to you and your organization.
Traditional software development
Let’s first take a step back. New technology has traditionally been to the advantage of large organizations. They have the means to make optimal use of them. The development of new systems meant a substantial investment in hardware and expensive consultants. Therefore, it was difficult to adjust the system. As a result, these systems existed for years, even decades, without significant upgrade.
What is No Code?
Automation in software development itself has been going on for years. Developers already have many building blocks, libraries and tool kits available today. No Code platforms take application development to the next level. By simply visualizing the business processes and designing the user screens, complete business solutions can be made, in a fraction of the time. Programming is automated. A reduction factor of 5 or 10 in development time is not uncommon. Wikipedia describes it as follows: No-code development platform (NCDPs) allows programmers and non-programmers to create application software through graphical user interfaces and configuration instead of traditional computer programming.
Revolution in custom made business software
Furthermore, the profile of the developer is changing. The typical No Code developer is not a hard-core programmer, but a business analyst. The conversation transitions from technical to business. Therefore, the common and frequent misunderstandings between business an IT are of the past. Also, the No Code developer ideally possesses design/UX skills, people skills and has technical acumen.
Solution for Shadow IT
More and more companies see the added value and choose for No Code. No Code development platforms offer agility, lower development costs, more productivity. And, above all, it offers the ability to quickly adapt applications to the ever-changing business. For example, it offers an excellent solution for shadow IT. This is the term for all IT within organizations that has not been officially approved by the IT department. Sometimes this is also referred to as Rogue IT.
Standard business software often falls short in matching requirements. Traditional development is too slow and too expensive. Finally, a solution is at hand. No Code can make a world of difference here.
No Code platforms
The revolution has started and new platforms seem to sprout every day. Mendix, Outsystems, Betty Blocks, WEM, Appian, Appsheet, Bubble, Pega, PowerApps, Quick Base, AirTable and the list goes on and on. We are not even mentioning the numerous startups that act in this space with innovative and refreshing perspectives on app development.
Where to start
The market is ready. The question is: is your organization ready? How do you choose the right platform for your organization? How do you make your organization ready for adaptation of this new technology? Learn all about that in our upcoming No Code training: