4 Reasons Small Businesses Should Embrace No-Code

Technology has been a major driver of human cultural, economic and social development. Inventions such as cars, telephones, the Internet, and computers all started out as accessible to a few people, but are now available to almost anyone. The no-code movement seeks to take the idea of ​​mass production one step further by making it easier for non-programmers to use and create software.

The idea of ​​no-code software and development has been around for decades. Those of us old enough to remember the days of DOS know the difficulty of needing to know programming to run a computer. Younger people might remember creating a personal Geocities website in HTML, now you can easily create a site in minutes without HTML.

These low-code and no-code technologies have made it easier for individuals to perform complex operations with little or no technical knowledge. Processes such as setting up a business site, managing HR issues, and updating inventories can be easily implemented by organizations.

No code pays off

Software development is not an easy business and as such requires specialized knowledge to be built from scratch. With hundreds of programming languages, platforms, and hardware constraints, most businesses will need to hire one or more programmers. This, of course, means you will be paying for their time and effort.

While the financial cost is an issue for most small businesses, there is also the issue of time. Waiting for your software platforms to be developed could harm your operations. Although you can choose to develop while you work, it can lead to spaghetti code, poor performance, and endless bugs or vulnerabilities.

Finally, consider that when hiring developers, you will need to manage them. Even if you call on an outside company to do it for you, you will have to follow the evolution and the small inconveniences.

By opting for no-code solutions, you will go through a shorter installation process. On top of that, you are sure to have documentation and live support.

No-Code is highly customizable

Although not as customizable as software developed from scratch, no-code solutions are customizable.

Take the example of artificial intelligence. This technology has long been applied to science, design, games and communications. Now, there are platforms like Appy Pie that apply AI to no-code development. This means individuals and businesses can use an AI-powered no-code solution to build apps without having to write code.

In the past, no-code was heavily limited by the existence of APIs and other means of integration. Now no-code platforms can be used to write code, allowing any business to create highly customized tools.

Some platforms don’t even require you to write any code because they actually use a voice-activated no-code app text generator. The customization of no-code solutions extends to areas such as mobile apps, websites, digital assets, chatbots and more. With AIs like Slab by creating images from text, AI is sure to further extend no-code solutions.

No-Code improves your team’s productivity

For a long time, macros and scripts have been used by tech-savvy people to automate repetitive tasks. This form of automation can save a lot of time for anyone using it after fiddling with code for a while. Unfortunately, applications like Excel and Autohotkeys require their users to know some form of scripting language.

By introducing no-code tools into your workflow, you enable your team to improve productivity in several ways. No-code platforms allow team members to get rid of unnecessary tasks by automating their workflow, allowing them to focus on priorities.

Another important aspect to consider is that with automation, the risk of human error is also reduced. This is especially important as your business grows and new team members are hired due to the reduced skills gap this entails.

No-Code is not a permanent commitment

One of the biggest fears of any business is that by choosing a specific software solution, they are making a permanent commitment. In the past, I’ve met people who never even bothered to look for alternative software options. While this fear was understandable at one time, it is no longer.

As businesses grow, so do their needs. The good news is that most no-code software solutions now do their best to ensure that data can easily be exported (and imported) as needed. This is essential as it will allow you to move around if necessary while ensuring that your operations are not affected.

This ease of import and export makes it easy to move from one no-code solution to another, whether the new solution is no-code, low-code, or full-code. If you had to design your tools from scratch, migrating platforms will certainly be a headache 90% of the time. In other words: without code, the only way is up.

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Margie D. Carlisle