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No code is a term used to describe a software development approach where individuals with no prior technical background or programming experience can create digital products and applications without writing any code. It uses visual, pre-packaged templates, point-and-click, and drag-and-drop software approaches and requires little coding expertise. It’s similar to building software programs out of Lego blocks to solve issues with procedures or minor processes. These no-code apps are quick to implement, cost-effective, and require little IT support.
According to IDC, low-code/no-code will be used more and more, and from 2021 to 2025, the number of low-code developers will increase globally at a CAGR of 40.4%. In line with the low-code boom, Forrester has predicted that by the end of 2021, low-code/no-code platforms will be used in 75% of application development.
These numbers indicate the democratization of software development and the further empowerment of non-technical people to create applications of the future. However, the question of whether this is a promising trend or a Pandora’s Box remains.
The no-code movement has gained significant traction in recent years. The market is now saturated with a variety of no-code platforms and tools that make it easier for businesses and individuals to create digital products without writing any code. Many business users are likely to adopt no-code platforms, especially those who are little or no coding experience and have had months-long waits for their IT department to respond to simple modification requests.
These platforms allow users to create websites, mobile apps, chatbots, and more using a drag-and-drop interface. The idea is to make software development accessible to everyone, regardless of technical expertise, and to empower people to create digital products that meet their specific needs.
One of the primary benefits of the no-code is the speed of development. No-code platforms enable users to create digital products much faster than traditional software development methods. This is because users don’t have to worry about writing code and can focus on designing and testing the product. This speed of development is a significant advantage for businesses that need to create digital products quickly and efficiently. It allows them to bring new products to market faster and gain a competitive edge in a rapidly changing digital landscape.
Another benefit of the no-code movement is the cost savings it offers. Traditional software development can be expensive and time-consuming, requiring a team of experienced developers and designers. The no-code approach eliminates these costs, as users can create digital products independently without needing a team of experts. This is a significant advantage for small businesses and individuals who want to create digital products but don’t have the capital to hire a team of developers and designers.
The no-code movement has also enabled the creation of custom digital products that meet specific needs. With traditional software development, businesses and individuals have to rely on off-the-shelf products that may not meet their specific requirements. The no-code approach allows users to create custom digital products tailored to their specific needs and requirements, which is a significant advantage for businesses and individuals who want to create products that meet their unique needs.
Users need tools; let’s face it. It is evident that low code has immediate advantages. Users have been using tools like customized Excel spreadsheets for a while now to address the flaws in business systems like ERP and CRM. Low code provides a quick, simple, and reasonably priced option. Will minimal code allow knowledge employees outside of IT to implement minor fixes, or will it unleash a flood of integration problems?
However, the broad usage of low code could present a number of management difficulties. How will IT management respond when citizen developers produce applications that don’t scale effectively and then hand these over to the IT department? When a citizen developer quits the firm and no one knows how to sustain the application they created, what will be the fallback strategy?
Only 30% of such attempts really succeed, making digital transformation a difficult endeavor with a poor track record. Take a look at the Gartner Magic Quadrant below and see how the number of companies providing no-code low-code solutions is consistently increasing. What will the increase of low-code vendors entail for the creation of a coherent and successful digital strategy?
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The effectiveness of transformation efforts suffers from departmental silos. A startling 75% of 1,500 senior and C-level executives worldwide believed that different business divisions should compete with one another rather than work together to advance digitization, according to a 2020 analysis from Accenture. This silo behavior and a lack of success with digital are clearly related, as 64% of organizations failed to achieve revenue growth from their investments in digital due to this lack of teamwork.
The no-code movement is a promising trend that offers a variety of benefits, including speed of development, cost savings, and the ability to create custom digital products.
The bottom line is that no one can see the big picture when different departments only consider their own technology requirements. It is challenging to establish the ideal atmosphere for concentrating on customer experience and end-to-end process performance in the absence of departmental coordination. No-code won’t be effective unless carefully implemented.
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