• Brendon Koh

The emergence of no code development

Updated: Sep 12



If you’re still using excel spreadsheets and word documents to manage your business then I’m sure you haven’t heard about no code development. But whether you’re the part of the no/less code development wave or not, it’s gaining more traction as we speak.


According to Forrester and an article on IPI Singapore, no code development will grow from $3.8 billion in 2017 to $21.2 billion by 2022. Today, many businesses are stepping on this digital transformation bus. Comparing the business processes of today with the last decade, they have changed drastically.


More businesses are now betting on automation and digitization, thanks to no/low code development. But what’s the term “no code development”? Yeah, I know, English, please, dear author!”


What Is No Code Development?

I heard a phrase once that, “Every Business Is a Digital Business.” I didn’t agree initially as in my opinion, using microsoft excel and word isn’t digitization. But after much searching, I chanced upon no code development.


In layman terms, no code development allows programmers and non-programmers to create full-fledged applications through GUI software without requiring any programming or coding knowledge.


According to John Everhard who writes on Forbes, he described no code development in the best manner. John wrote,

Within this environment, users (aka citizen developers) could use drag-and-drop application components, connect them together and create mobile or web applications. Using such platforms enable employees to design and build powerful applications that can scale for any organization — without writing any code.

I know it sounds too good to be accurate, but it’s what no code development is all about. From relational database integration to setting up new landing screens, a low/no-code development platform does everything in just a few days.


No code is the future of development

If you’re starting out small and don’t have a budget to hire a software developer, no code development platforms make things easy for you. They help your organization to kickstart digital transformation projects in record time without any prior knowledge of coding.


Chris Wanstrath, the CEO of GitHub, said,

“The future of coding is no coding at all.”

It’s clear that businesses need to adapt to technology changes in order to thrive. No code platform can easily replace old Office suite applications and help businesses develop digital solutions and business applications. Businesses who lack the expertise can easily engage platform partners who are skilled and specialize in building solutions on chosen platforms to speed up the entire process.


To illustrate the inefficiencies of old Office suite applications, one major area of any business is data entry. You and I, we all make errors while entering data (that’s why we have editors). But programs like excel make things even more complicated as they do not support collaboration effectively. On the other hand, custom database apps for businesses made with no-code platforms can combat human errors and speed up data entry processes making business teams more productive and efficient.


Why No Code Custom Database Apps?

Businesses these days rely on a chunk of applications and licensed software. Apart from being expensive, most apps and software are inefficient in managing clients and essential data as they are all disconnected and served niche pain points.


Building custom database apps helped my business to be efficient with data. As most companies rely on customer information and essential data, one can’t just let Microsoft excel handle the situation.


Creating an initial relational database with a trusted no code platform is pretty simple. It helped me to upload information and important data regularly. Spreadsheets are now a thing of the past. The relational database handles all the information really well and I can easily locate specific information anywhere and anytime.


Custom database apps built with no-code platforms reduce your business cost and you’ll be able to find everything in one place. With no code development, now you don’t need to think twice about making an app for your business.


Benefits of No Code Development

Vlad Magdalin, CEO and co-founder of Webflow, said,

No-code allows people who don’t know how to write code to develop the same applications that a software engineer would.

Still not convinced? Check out a few more benefits of the no code development below:


Cost-effective

You don’t have to hire a team of software developers to build the app for your business. No code development environments give you a bypass. Which means you don’t have to pay big bucks. In just a few clicks and drags and drops, you can set up a fully-featured database app for sales, operations, finance, human resources and other custom functionalities. Furthermore, no code platforms are pretty affordable compared to hiring development agencies.


Productivity

No code platforms enable solutions to be built at record times. Working with platform partners who are experts in the platform further accelerates the digitalization process. What took years and months can now be done in a few hours.


Easy Update Process

In traditional coding, updating or adding a new feature takes an ample amount of time and effort. With no-code apps, you can easily drag and drop pieces to update and change the stuff you want.


Final Thoughts

Businesses can easily access their data in their database by a few clicks. In no-code apps, everything necessary is now just a few clicks away. If you are fed-up of maintaining your business records in excel and want to work smarter and more efficiently, feel free to visit Automate Labs to learn more about the best approach towards achieving digital transformation successfully.

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