No-Code: The rocket behind successful digital transformation
So now you’re ready to get started. You understand that digital transformation:
- Is more about people than technology;
- Will keep businesses from failing by introducing flexibility and speed;
- Needs to be held accountable via results.
But you need tools. Using no-code as a development method can tie these areas together seamlessly and make your transformation a success.
What is no-code?
No-code platforms enable application development with no manual programming required. Instead of coding, these platforms use visual modeling, where users can drag-and-drop components into logical sequences to create functional applications.
The removal of manual programming from the development process solves two major issues: Coding by hand is an extremely time-consuming process, besides which there is a serious shortage of qualified developers to meet the current demand for software.
No-code platforms can speed up development to be 2-16 times faster, depending on the platform. This enables developers to quickly create working prototypes, and significantly reduces the time to market for applications. Because of the speed of development and ease of use, no-code platforms align the business and IT by making it possible for the business to contribute directly rather than waiting for an idea to have its turn on IT’s long backlog.
Plus, without the need to master one or more difficult programming languages, no-code platforms’ ease of use makes it possible for any tech-savvy employee to master with little onboarding time.
It's about people, not systems
What your employees really want are tools that can best facilitate their work. Your clients want a product or service that best fits their needs. The wishes of your people, both internal and external, determine the extent to which technology has to be used. On the one hand might be a completely groundbreaking platform with all the bells and whistles on it. But on the other hand, a simple backend application that digitizes an old-fashioned Excel system might be the happy middle ground that meets everyone’s needs.
It’s not always straightforward to bring both sides along with the development of your digital transformation. No-code is a development method that is perfectly fit for co-creation. By developing in a visual way, people can think along with the development process without any knowledge about coding. This way you can create side-by-side with the business developer on a web application that fits your people the best, with everyone understanding the full process.
Flexibility and speed are key
Developing in cooperation with the people who are going to use the application in the end is a good first step, but it still doesn’t guarantee that your digital transformation will be successful. For that you need testing, further development, and re-testing.
The world is changing fast, and the wishes and expectations of your clients go along with it. Our ability to adjust is a crucial factor for success. Difficulty being flexible, cumbersome legacy systems, and a long lead time are the things that really hurt an organization today. By the time you’re finally up-to-date again, the next adjustments have already come along.
One of the strongest qualities of no-code is the simplicity and ease with which you make adjustments. With pre-programmed components, you can easily change something in your platform by ‘drag and drop’. In a few clicks, your platform can be adjusted while the system remains stable. This keeps your web application a product market fit.
All about results
A digital transformation with no purpose isn’t only useless, it’s also a waste of investment. Before you start developing you have to set a goal that is above “digitally transforming.”
But why should you start your digital transformation with a no-code platform to achieve this goal, whatever it is?
- Short time-to-market
- More ROI by adding value continuously
- Less total costs by not having to buy expensive legacy systems
- More satisfaction by employees
- Happier customers
With no-code, you’ll know quickly if your goal is achievable, or if the goal itself needs to be adjusted or if the application just needs to be changed. In the last case, it’s done very fast with no-code.