Every business is unique. And just as your business has unique needs, your processes and tools must be tailored to its specific complexities.
Businesses have historically struggled to find or create software that suits their exact needs when it comes to business process management. Pre-made software will rarely be in exact alignment with your processes; but even when undertaking custom software projects, there is often a disconnect between the developer and the problem needing to be solved, which causes misunderstandings.
To trim the distance between programmers and firsthand knowledge of business processes, no-code and low-code platforms have become a celebrated solution. With these platforms, the amount of time and coding knowledge previously required to enable business solutions is drastically reduced, allowing business leaders with close-up experience to problems to have a direct hand in creating timely solutions.
No-Code vs. Low-Code Software
No- and low-code software solutions function by giving users pre-set (but configurable) options they can combine, drag and drop, and structure to create logic for business applications. Complex operations are simplified with drag and drop ease, but the flexibility of coding is retained. The overall experience is much like having a visual version of the code that you can graphically arrange.
Understanding the nuances of today’s rapid development/workflow platforms at a time when efficiency is paramount can be crucial for your organization.
The Intercessor of Computer Programming: Low-Code Applications
Many businesses are turning to low- and no-code platforms in order to handle the overwhelming amount of work that would otherwise require specialized coding. Low-code applications are a step between pure coding platforms and no-code software. Options are often open-source and allow inline coding blocks.
Low-code programs are useful for users with some knowledge of coding but without focused language expertise and hard-core coding experience. At this stage, it’s often expected that some more advanced programming understanding will be necessary to complete the task.
The Popularity of No-Code Platforms
No-code platforms operate almost entirely with prebuilt “puzzle pieces” or building blocks that are already made. In this paradigm, prebuilt modules are arranged and configured to handle the logic of your process.
The entire system is designed to do the hard work of coding for you, while you decide how, where, and in what order steps should be completed.
Digital Transformation and maturing your digital infrastructure is a major driver for no-code software. Rapidly developed internal systems can be produced that manage virtually any process worth digitizing—from time-off requests to customer or project management tools (and everything in between).
No-code software allows for even greater involvement in automation design from both business leaders and boots-on-the ground workers who understand the business’s unique problems and needs. Rather than paying independent developers to create extremely specific tools and then having to deal with a back-and-forth between business stakeholders and programmers, with no-code platforms, solutions can be built rapidly and more precisely tailored to the need.
Business needs in the real-word are subject to change. At times, changes can occur quickly and in rapid succession. Low-code platforms are the best way to adapt and grow to meet constantly changing pressures in the marketplace.
Which Is Best for Your Company?
While both platforms are heavily employed, no-code platforms are often favored—for good reason. No-code software simplifies the process of creating specific solutions by enabling those closest to the problem to directly influence the solution, and to turn ideas into solutions in the shortest amount of time.
However, don’t expect no-code platforms to be completely turnkey. There is a plethora of specialized knowledge required to implement such a platform in your organization. Also realize that your best automation designers have experience both in putting together enterprise solutions and also in the details of how the no-code platform operates. It is not reasonable to expect just anyone in the business to jump in and start building elegant digital processes.
ExpressAbility: Giving You the Best of Both Worlds
In either case, having an expert to guide you through the process of developing business software and processes helps you get the very best solutions at the fastest speed. It’s the combination of giving businesses the capability to play a greater role in their software development plus the continued assistance of experts who can help them make their most advanced ambitions a reality that creates the real sweet spot where no- and low-code software fully excels.
At ExpressAbility, we help match you with the right workflow platform for your needs, then guide you along the way to seamlessly integrate your business knowledge with the processes we create together. You don’t need to waste both time and money trying to go it alone.
ExpressAbility helps you select and implement the best platform, build out ideal automated processes, and maintain and service these processes in the long term.
We work with trusted low- and no-code workflow automation partners like Decisions to give you the capability to rapidly create high-quality, customized solutions.
When you’re looking at moving to low- or no-code software, talk with us to learn about your options and how we can help you automate and optimize your workflow with tailor-made solutions.