The game-changing impact of no-code development
Writing, deploying, and managing code has evolved into a staggeringly complex discipline. But there is an alternative.
The Hidden Complexity of Code
As we journey further into the digital era, the technological landscape is becoming increasingly exciting, but also intricate. The realm of coding encapsulates this intricacy with astonishing precision. From the modest single server-hosted applications of the ’90s to today’s distributed microservices and continuous integration/delivery pipelines, the art of writing, deploying, and managing code has evolved into a staggeringly complex discipline.
This complexity has brought with it an enormous amount of innovation and scale, but it also poses a formidable challenge: a rapidly emerging skills gap and a level of maintenance overhead that many organisations are guilty of grossly underestimating, introducing significant operational friction and risk.
So, what is the alternative?
“At least 40% of all businesses will die in the next 10 years… if they don’t figure out how to change their entire company to accommodate new technologies.”John Chambers,
The Growing Popularity of No-Code in the Enterprise Market
The no-code industry is disrupting the traditional coding paradigm and revolutionising how businesses deliver innovation, introducing new heights of agility and functionality but in a fraction of the time and cost, by dramatically reducing technical debt and maintenance overhead, reducing the number of people and leveraging more accessible skills.
Many modern no-code solutions offer a sustainable way to replace all or part of a solution to simplify and accelerate delivery, allowing custom-developed code (and all its complexities) to be limited to where it is truly needed. In other words, ‘build’ no longer has to mean ‘code’.
No-code is just getting started too, with Gartner predicting that by 2025, 70% of new applications built by organisations will utilise low code or no-codetechnology platforms as a key component of their technology stack.
The Maturation of No-Code
No-code was once the playground for small business and startups, where businesses could develop solutions that helped them enter a market and compete. This is no longer the case.
The welcome change that has played a significant role in the emergence of no-code as an enterprise consideration is the narrow, but deep focus of the modern no-code platform – solutions that apply no-code development thinking to one problem at a time and get very good at it. They’re not trying to solve everyone’s problems, nor all of one person’s problems.
Web application innovators, WeWeb, are a shining example of this. A well-architected no-code web application development platform that excels at just one thing – helping businesses build highly-functional, enterprise-grade web apps without any front-end coding skills.
WeWeb’s product strategy includes key architectural decisions that have made it highly-attractive to an enterprise customer base, including:
- Bring-your-own-backend – a strategy that offers a perfect blend of easy, no-code front-end design and limitless backend capability, with customers connecting their apps to any in-house or SaaS backend services of their choosing. This also addresses any concerns organisations often have regarding scale or data security.
- Portability – a bold strategy that allows organisations to let WeWeb host their apps, or alternatively, export compiled or uncompiled code so they can host it themselves, addressing any fears surrounding vendor lock-in, scale and amalgamation with existing code deployment practices.
As more no-code players enter the market, who fearlessly address the concerns and hesitations that have denied larger, more complex businesses access to no-code options, we should expect to see accelerated adoption of no-code in the modern enterprise technology roadmap.
Embracing the new way forward
In conclusion, the fast-paced evolution of the modern business calls for a recalibration of our approach to tech innovation.
The growing software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions industry is constantly offering business off-the-shelf options to address business needs and desires, but for the business that needs something bespoke, coding, while a potent tool, brings with it an array of complexities that must be carefully considered and managed.
The no-code industry is still in its infancy but is already forcing a rethink of the enterprise technology blueprint, and rightly so.
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