As a company, you had two alternatives when you needed information systems. You either had to build systems using your in-house developers or hire an experienced team from a service provider. This approach offered a close fit to each one of your business requirements. But it also includes a high cost with a considerably high wait.
While the external service providers cost less compared to an in-house tech team, the future of coding seems like No-code at all. That is what the third alternative is No-code or Low-code. The Low-code or No-code applications present you with a closer fit to your business and its requirements. And you can implement these applications quickly without investing much time or money. The formula is magical with pull-down menus or point-and-click interfaces.
And if we rush to the best part, you require few, if any at all, programming skills. Let us understand the situation practically. Say you run a company and need a website as soon as possible. It is urgent, and your in-house tech team is busy with already assigned work. Even if you get an external service provider, it would not be as easy to manage as a "no team" at all. No-code tools help you build the applications without worrying about the urgency. It is easy and simple.
But does that work every time? When does a No-code or Low-code tool work? When does it not work at all? In this blog, MarsDevs illustrates the advantages of a No-code or Low-code tool and introduces you to why you should think about other alternatives too.
Low-code/No-Code software development can support different types of applications. The transactional systems of small businesses are perhaps the most common. These applications build tools for human resource management that take care of performance appraisal, field service management, etc.
Large firms often have expensive packages or custom-developed programs to perform these operations. But the, small businesses can generate their own quickly. Another common one is the small-scale automation capabilities. Professional developers should generally automate large-scale enterprise processes and workflows, but many firms also have smaller workflows.
Now consider a more sophisticated robotic process automation. The Low-Code/No-Code versions can access the emails, databases, and transactional systems. They can then perform tasks as if they were just a regular developer. So, you can apply them easily to small tasks that you would have to keep attending to otherwise. These tasks include interactions with office productivity software such as word processing, spreadsheets, and electronic file folders.
For example, many advertising and marketing agencies have educated several hundred employees on using an Low-code/No-code RPA tool. For instance, one operations analyst uses it to automate late timesheets' email notifications.
Companies also use Low-code/No-code programs to take care of the analytics, particularly the visual ones. The growth market for descriptive analytics has primarily been for Low-code/No-code programs that can generate attractive and insightful visual analytics.
Some systems now focus on delivering insights through a text or even voice-based chat experience. Although it's not quite as advanced, some software also offers Low-code/No-code versions that carry on predictive analytics, taking the analyst or data scientist through an automated series of steps to create models that fit a training dataset.
We can also use Low-code/No-code programs to develop web and mobile sites without investing in code.
The sophisticated versions of these programs can take over customer transactions. Companies providing website design tools often provide hosting services. They can also make value-added Low-code/No-code features that aid search engine optimization and social media marketing, enabling the setup. Some Low-code/No-code tools have now automated email marketing, website personalization, and digital ad trafficking.
Technology product developers make use of Low-code or No-code tools to facilitate configuration. While they might have programming skills, they wish to preserve them for the product. Nontechnical individuals can create simple programs for design and setup by users.
This article has already projected great benefits from Low-code/No-code software development and management challenges. When you use these tools broadly, you institutionalize the "shadow IT" phenomenon, which has bedeviled IT organizations for decades and could worsen the problem if you fail to govern it properly.
The non-technical users often create applications that don't work or scale well, get stuck with them, and then try to turn them over to the IT team after failing hard. You never know when the person leaves the company and might lose the formulae to change or support the system they developed.
However, Low-code/No-code oversight can control this issue and standardize the handoff of applications from citizen developers to professional ones when required. IT organizations must control system development, including selecting which Low-code/No-code tools fit your organization and your requirements.
The best situation might often be a hybrid one. You should look forward to a development model in which the user develops 80% of the model using No-code or low tools and then hands it off to the developer for personalization.
Or you generate the initial application using a graphic interface tool and then hand it over to a developer to polish it in Python or a more scalable language. In either case, the developer can record the system's existence, ensure it works right, and connect it to the needed data or system. We have seen organizations where one system developer supports ten or more citizen developers. Over time, systems will likely become easier to build for standard processes and use cases.
Now is the time to work smart with easy access to experience and expertise. You sit back while MarsDevs builds the applications for you. With a team of dedicated developers, MarsDevs focus on providing value through premium code quality. And the best part? It is cost-efficient, active, and by far the best!
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