Let me begin by addressing questions most people evaluating no-code platforms have.
What is No-code? What is Low Code? How are the two different?
Consider this scenario.
You are moving into a brand new apartment. This apartment could be in one of three states:
1. Fully furnished
2. Semi-furnished or
The first state: A fully furnished apartment means little to zero work for you. You might move things around to fit your needs, change the colour of a wall to blue from white but that’s it. You do not require to hire an outsider like a carpenter or a plumber.
The second state: A semi-furnished apartment will have some furnishing done and the remaining you plan to do by purchasing some modular furniture (pre-made furniture) that will require adjustments as per your apartment’s dimensions.
For the same, you might hire a carpenter to take the measurements and do the needful to install the modular furniture.
The third state: You want furniture that is custom-built for your apartment. You will hire a carpenter, a decorator, a plumber and so on to create the furniture and do the fitting for your specific requirements.
These situations are symbolic of no-code, low code and pro code respectively.
The first situation parallels No-code
A non-technical business person uses pre-made elements to build apps. These elements are reusable and hence can be played with for variations and changing requirements.
The second situation parallels Low Code
There are pre-made elements in the market that require some customizations and fittings to meet your specific needs. This requires someone with developer skills to do the integrations or needful.
And the last situation parallels Pro Code
A highly custom solution built from scratch by a professional like a solution architect or a UI/UX designer, an expert project manager, a developer or a professional programmer.
(The above was explained to me by Mr Divyesh Kharade, Co-founder and CEO @DronaHQ No-code app development platform)
Age-old but Niche
While the idea is not new, been around since the past 20+ years in the form of web CMS in the early 1990s, low code and no code tools for application development remain to be a niche technology that most are not aware of while those who are have been leveraging their way in the marketplace, rising against their competitors.
These platforms are on the brink of going mainstream for the following reasons:
- Dependency on developers or the IT team resulting in an ever-increasing IT backlog
- Disconnected enterprise legacy systems slowing the workforce down
- Too many routine manual processes that can be automated
- A need to enhance business agility
- and creating custom workflows for functions that standard off-the-shelf systems do not provide
Unburden the IT
Over a million computer programming related job roles are expected to remain unfulfilled by the year 2020
Over a million computer programming related job roles are expected to remain unfulfilled by the year 2020, and that’s just in the US. The developers who do populate these job roles are often overloaded with tasks and struggle to prioritize them or meet deadlines. This struggle can be reduced or taken away with no-code and low code platforms.
Here for the long run
The beauty of these tools is that an individual from any background (technical or non-technical) can quickly get onboard and turn business problems into solution apps. Shorter learning curves, one-click deployments, reusable elements and a non-dependency on developers make these tools perfect for users who understand the business problems best to create custom apps themselves. A person who has some experience of working with tools like Excel can easily create apps on no-code platforms.
The developers won’t go away
These platforms are not here to take the developers out of the picture. They aim to empower these developers by speeding up their jobs with pre-built elements, taking away the complexity of the coding with some level of abstraction. The developers can further create custom elements that can be reused.
No-code player DronaHQ has a legacy of creating solutions in the enterprise mobility space leading to their insightful understanding of the realities of the market and giving them the credibility of delivering real enterprise-grade apps.
Their Marketplace is a real gamechanger. It holds a wide range of pre-configured template apps which the users can quickly install on their ends and start automating business process. The users can further customize these apps with workflows and API integrations to match them to their specific business logic.
This market is growing strong by providing highly custom, dynamic apps in contrast to the standard, off-the-shelf applications that do not suffice the requirements of today’s workspace.
Gartner has forecasted that by the year 2024, three-quarters of large enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives and that these development platforms will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the subject.