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No Code: Letting Line-Of-Business Citizen Developers Build Their Own Apps

By Dick Weisinger

The saying “Every business is a software business” is becoming ever more true. The expectation is that businesses will increasingly need customized software to meet their specific needs. But developers remain a bottleneck to that idea — there’s not enough developers and software customization projects are expensive and take a considerable amount of time.

The solution? Increasingly low and no code platforms are being introduced. Low-code platforms may still require skills of developers, but developers play a role more like a plumber, integrating and configuring software components to project requirements, rather than writing ground-up implementations.

No-code platforms take the idea one step further and empower end-users with no coding background the ability to customize software visually. The idea is that line-of-business citizen developers can spend some time with a visual app editor and stand up custom software apps, no developers needed.

John Rymer, Forrester analyst, told Joe McKendrick for ZDNet that “we’re in the midst of is a gigantic mindset about software. The biggest issues have been about the risks of software, the costs of software, and who does the work. Software is viewed as very arcane, and we’ve had a bit of a priesthood in central IT, using words we don’t understand when they talk to us. The idea that software is everybody’s job is really radical.”

No-code benefits include:

  • Enabling end-users to mold software to their needs will drive innovation.
  • Low-code will make it easier to prototyping and experimentation easier, so that processes can be optimized.
  • Removes the bottleneck of communicating requirements to development teams and the lags between conceptualization and implementation.

Jay Jamison, Chief Product and Technology Officer at Quick Base, said that “No code is basically Agile for anyone. Where the agile software movement brought developers closer to business decisions, no code platforms empower line managers to deliver value to the development process and, increasingly, to build things themselves. You’re talking about businesses being able to impact their strategy in a matter of days and weeks rather instead of months and years.”

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