What is no-code?

By Stefan Vucicevic

There is more and more talk about the future of enterprise technology being no-code, self-service and immediately usable. Still, no-code is often used interchangeably with low-code, or RPA, with little distinction made between these terms. So in this blog, we break down what no-code is, how it is has evolved and why it fits so perfectly with the modern business.

No-code 101

No-code is a way to build self-service apps without any programming knowledge. It empowers those with domain expertise to build powerful digital applications themselves, quickly.

In operational terms, no-code uses building blocks and forms to design the logic behind the application. This
model, or form-driven graphical development environment, is particularly well-suited to those who do
not have programming skills, or even those who do, but value the visual representation of logic.

In short, no-code creates representations of business processes and application flows. By relying on logical decision trees that can be changed, edited, reused and updated, domain experts can deliver self-service apps, used either as a standalone solution or integrated with the existing systems.

Why the “sudden emergence” of no-code?

Figure 2: Major causes why IT projects don’t work

But why the “sudden emergence” of no-code? In short, because operational versatility and informational availability have become key drivers of business growth and companies need to ensure hyper-availability of services, both internally and externally.

To develop a piece of software with code (or “legacy programming”) requires a lot of effort and shows little value, especially in the early stages. Databases and architecture, integrations and connections between different parts of services, and the software frontend all need to be built and established from scratch and then customized to specific business needs. This requires a significant investment of resources from all departments: IT, software developers and internal stakeholders.

At the same time, it is inter-team communication that acts as the biggest obstacle to the successful completion of IT projects.

Also, the visual nature of traditional code gives a limited sense of structure to non-technical stakeholders. Until the final product is delivered, they are given only a modest grasp of what a piece of software will do for them. With some initial investment, this trajectory of development can be brought into a more linear shape, but that requires budget and time that departments may lack.

On the other hand, a no-code app builder allows non-technical stakeholders to take the lead in developing software. With no-code, the focus shifts to configuration. Anyone can configure, with no coding skills.

And, no-code platforms come with pre-built features, including databases, hosting, integrations, even some of the security aspects are already included.

No-Code Whitepaper

TRENDING

The General Counsel’s Guide to No-code

Find out how in-house legal teams use no-code to save time, increase capacity and provide faster services to internal clients.

Download your guide now

What about the complexity of the no-code project?

As the solution capabilities increase, so do the costs—of both code and no-code.

The key difference is that no-code enables delivering the same level of capabilities at a much lower cost for a large number of projects. Only when a project reaches a certain level of complexity, when the coding needs cannot be easily anticipated and when highly specific requirements need to be included, does the cost of no-code rise exponentially as well. That’s when teams turn to some custom code.

These highly specific requirements can too be solved with no-code: through integrations and API, no-code delivers the value on two fronts: easily build foreseeable projects and allow complex projects to be built on top of more basic applications which address lower complexity issues.

Figure 3: No-code delivers the same level of capabilities at a much lower cost

No-code is bridging the gap between business ops and IT teams

Traditionally there has been a gap when it comes to IT projects. Those who have the technical programming skills lack the subject matter expertise, and those with the subject matter expertise lack the programming skills.

No-code bridges this gap. No-code enables anyone, including lawyers, to build digital applications without needing to learn to code. This means those with the legal and regulatory expertise have the means to turn that knowledge into scalable applications themselves.

For teams who have support from technical users, no-code provides a platform for technical and non-technical users to effectively collaborate and build applications together, working off the same sheet.

If you are looking to easily build digital apps, using our intuitive service automation platform, sign up for a demo to learn how our visual “drag-and-drop” editor can assist your business in automating complex services.

Book a personalized demo