What is no-code?

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What is no-code?

No-code is an approach that allows software engineers and non-technical users to build applications and automate workflows through visual modeling tools and configuration. It dramatically speeds up the delivery of new applications compared to traditional development approaches, thus allowing companies to innovate faster and resolve IT bottlenecks.

By providing easy-to-use yet powerful tools for end-to-end application development, including UI/UX design tools, AI/ML modeling, and built-in automated QA, no-code empowers every employee to become a proficient software creator without learning to code.

What are the reasons for choosing no-code?

No-code platforms disrupt traditional software development practices by offering greater flexibility in app design, customization, and integration and shortening time-to-market by up to 10 times, according to Creatio's recent report, "The State of Low-code/No-code".

Consider the following key reasons to choose and adopt a no-code development platform.

Increased IT innovation capabilities

No-code platforms allow practically any user without IT skills to quickly create new apps and digital workflows. This opportunity helps to take some load off the IT department's shoulders, allowing professional engineers to focus on more complex projects.

Improved efficiency and faster time-to-market

The traditional software development process is often time-consuming, complex, and expensive. No-code development platforms offer a rich set of tools, such as drag-and-drop UI/UX designers, business rule editors, composable applications, and templates, that allow users to build applications in a fraction of the usual time.

Evaluate the ease of use

No-code development platforms are designed to be user-friendly, but not all platforms are created equal. It's essential to evaluate the ease of use of each platform and consider the learning curve for your team. Look for platforms that offer intuitive interfaces and comprehensive documentation.

Unlimited freedom to own and evolve your automation

Compared to traditional processes and legacy technologies, digitalization provides organizations with many significant benefits, such as end-to-end process automation, cross-departmental alignment, and the ability to adapt quickly to an ever-changing work environment. Implementing no-code platforms is essential to digital transformation as they help organizations build and automate enterprise-grade workflows of any complexity – without using code, deep technical knowledge, and any other restrictions.

What is the difference between low-code and no-code?

Pro developers
Business users, pro developers
Speed of development, maximum customizability
Speed of development, maximum adoption among users
Coding is needed
No coding is required or can be used as an option
Requirements-driven development process
Use case/business-driven development process

The concepts of "low-code" and "no-code" have much in common, such as offering visual design tools for streamlined application development.

The critical difference is that low-code platforms stand on the premise that coding should remain a necessary part of the development process. While the developer can quickly create a basic solution prototype via visual design tools, further work with a low-code platform typically requires some coding, debugging, and other traditional software development practices.

True to their name, no-code platforms eliminate code by offering more flexible and comprehensive visual design tools, configuration wizards, and libraries of prebuilt components and templates. No-code platforms like Creatio allows using code as an extra option – but in no way mandatory for building a typical app. This option is to cater to the needs of professional developers and give them all the development freedom they might require.

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No-code features

Visual app design tools

No-code platforms allow you to simplify and speed up the process of creating applications with drag-and-drop tools for UI and business logic design, as well as with extendable libraries of ready-to-use UI components, templates, widgets, and views. Instead of coding, no-code developers can create apps by placing necessary visual elements onto the workspace and configuring them in several clicks.

Workflow automation

Enterprise-grade no-code platforms offer tools for end-to-end digital process automation – from simple business processes within a single department to complex cross-departmental workflows containing multiple stages, tasks, and participants. Such workflow automation capabilities enable organizations to digitize not only their internal back-office processes, but also their customer-centric workflows, such as marketing or customer service, and offer a hyper-personalized customer experience.

Out-of-the-box apps and components

Leading no-code platforms provide OOTB (out-of-the-box) functionality, which eliminates the need to build apps from scratch. For example, some no-code platforms include modules for data management or ready-to-go components for customer-facing apps, such as service management or sales processes management.

Application lifecycle management

No-code platforms streamline the entire software development lifecycle by automating such processes as debugging, testing, deployment, version management, etc. Users can also easily organize their application libraries, including third-party integrations and OOTB applications from the vendor’s marketplace.

Integrations and ecosystem

In addition to their no-code platform solutions, vendors typically also provide ready-made connectors to third-party apps and OOTB applications through their app stores and marketplaces. Users are also empowered to create their custom integrations via no-code capabilities of the platform, which provide more intuitive visual interfaces to work with API protocols like REST or SOAP.

AI and machine learning

The best no-code platforms offer extensive AI/ML tools that empower users to build machine learning models for automated predictions, data classification, natural language processing, next best action recommendations, data-driven decision making, and context-aware personalization – all without writing code or hiring a data scientist.

Advantages of no-code

No-code FAQ

Who uses no-code?

Any employee, even if without IT skills, can use no-code to develop custom applications. Visual modeling tools and intuitive configuration make it possible for almost anyone in an organization to create solutions and digitize their work processes.

What are no-code tools?

No-code tools are application development platforms that allow non-technical users to build and deploy their apps without writing a single line of code. Using no-code tools, employees can streamline and automate various tasks and use cases across their organization, such as project management, critical data handling, routine workflow automation, and many others.

Is no-code the future?

No-code is one of the key technology trends today and it continues to pick up steam. This comes as no surprise since no-code platforms bridge the gap between professional programmers and non-programmers, maximize productivity in the workplace, greatly reduce the time needed to go from an idea to a fully working application, and help to boost digital literacy across the board.

Will no-code replace developers?

Traditional development, which requires coding and deep technical knowledge, will continue to be widely used in many industries that require implementation of complex and large-scale IT ecosystems. The no-code approach was not designed to completely replace traditional development, but rather to allow non-technical users to develop the necessary apps quickly on their own without burdening their IT departments.

Who are citizen developers?

Citizen developers are non-tech professionals who use no-code tools in a company to create new or modify existing business apps without the need to involve IT departments.

How do i get started choosing a no-code platform?

A good no-code platform offers easy-to-use application development tools as well as a rich set of prebuilt components to get started with. Choose the platform that offers a good start for your business use case with a solid library of OOTB components, but also ensure that it provides enough development tools to expand and customize your solution over time.

What are the limitations of no-code platforms?

Even though the capabilities of no-code platforms grow quite rapidly, they are most applicable for building business applications and not complex technical solutions. No-code platforms fit the best for workflow-driven applications, UI/UX-heavy solutions, customer engagement applications, productivity and project management tools, web and mobile apps. In many cases, no-code platforms are used by organizations to more easily create “front-end” solutions for their users, while saving more of their IT team’s energy for “back-end” data processing solutions that cannot do without custom coding.

What does the market for no-code platforms look like?

There are many types of no-code platforms that focus on different types of solutions, such as web applications, BI and analytics, digital process automation, IoT applications, as well as multi-purpose enterprise data management solutions. If you have a narrow use case, it is probably best to look for a platform that is specialized in your niche. For more general use cases, multi-purpose enterprise-grade platform like Creatio will give you both a strong start and a future-proof technology.

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