No-code/low-code solutions enable line of business managers to handle technology needs to automate workflows, develop shared document repositories, construct reporting dashboards and process data without ever having to write a line of code, or visit their IT division.

Before we dive into the additional benefits of these tools, let's answer a common question:
What's the difference between low-code/no-code solutions?

No-code typically means you are working within a drag-and-drop platform for selecting fields to design an application from something like an Excel spreadsheet.

Low-code goes a step further by giving users more power to modify existing Javascript and other code to build just about any business application they can imagine. 

A lot of of aPaaS solutions are both no-code and low-code; it just depends on the user, their skill and what they are trying to accomplish. Some users may only use drag-and-drop features while others may have enough coding experience to manipulate a pre-existing template. 

Whether it was built with no code or low code, business applications are designed to solve both daily and long-term problems encountered by large and small enterprises alike. It's an agile way to work that enables teams to thrive in a mobile and data-driven landscape. With powerful features such as real-time reporting dashboards to improve decision making, expose trends and manage projects, these solutions can increase customer satisfaction and propel digital transformation across an organization.

With little or no IT expertise required, organizations are building applications to support: 

  • Payment processing
  • Call center and customer support
  • Warehouse and factory inventory management
  • Retail development
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)
  • HR management
  • Project management
  • messaging and collaboration systems 


How can no-code/low-code application development help your business?  

1. Enhanced collaboration between lines of businesses and IT
Teams across companies can work much more quickly, access more information than ever before and make data-driven decisions in real-time.  Rapid development and deployment ensure IT departments can keep up with ever changing demand and requirements to stay competitive.  As a result, business stakeholders can see their vision quickly take shape and provide feedback throughout the process.  
2. Meet specific business goals in less time
Applications made by line of business leaders are more likely to meet exact business goals. It's almost impossible for IT to be able to understand and translate each business unit's project requirement exactly. Developing an application requires expertise of the business problem to create a functional technology solution. There's no one better to create and customize these applications than a line of business owner who knows exactly how the solution will be used. 
3. Rapidly built and deployed across multiple environments
Business managers typically do not have the patience with a legacy development process. By the time a solution is ready for deployment, the business need or industry landscape may have changed, rendering the new tool less useful. And in a low-code project, developers don't have to worry about how their project will be deployed across various architectures or platform from cloud, server, Web or mobile.

How one company uses business apps

When the solar energy wave hit Hawaii in 2010, local contractor company American Electric was pleased with the surge of new business but wasn't prepared to process the new volume of orders tangled in a web of email and spreadsheets.It didn't take long before their customer satisfaction took a hit as teams were focused on putting out daily fires. 

Director of Engineering Rehan Siddiqui knew they needed a new solution -- and fast. He set out to look for a cloud-based project management solution that could be easily customized to track ordered parts, warehouse statuses, design plans and project schedules.

After researching no-code/low-code application platforms, he tried out Kintone and with no coding experience, started building apps for design teams and site auditors. Within a short time, those teams had a working app and were able update and view plans on a mobile device from the field.

Rehan considered other ways his organization could use Kintone to automate workflows. He created an app to help accountants with invoices and another for submitting and tracking new work orders. More departments were starting to develop apps on their own without help from an IT team.

Now American Electric uses Kintone for all their document management needs in addition to coordinating tasks between warehouse staff, electricians, installers and salespeople. And best of all, the company is better equipped to manage change.


Final Thoughts

No-code/low-code may not be the answer to every programming challenge, but these solutions are increasingly finding its place within modern development teams to flush out inefficiencies, empower lines of business managers and maintain solid IT governance with minimal overhead costs.

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