For more than a decade, low code and no-code solutions for software development have been on the rise. These technologies allow anyone with a basic understanding of software architecture to create functional apps that save their organizations time and money.
However, in 2020, the need for these tools has become much more urgent.
The coronavirus lockdown and the subsequent recession have put enormous strain on the finances of businesses and public sector organizations. Hiring freezes mean that they cannot bring in new app developers to create the custom tools they need. At the same time, procurement departments are blocking requests to outsource app development.
Nevertheless, companies still need apps – custom tools help employees work smarter and more efficiently. If all organizations simply stop developing business tools, their costs will remain high at a time when finances are tight.
And this is why low code and no-code solutions will be so important going forward.
What are low code and no-code solutions?
Low code and no-code solutions provide development platforms that let anyone create functional apps that support specific business processes. Users need little or no software programming knowledge and can usually start building their own apps after just a few hours of training. At their most basic, no code and low code solutions provide drag and drop interfaces that let the user lay out the logic of their app. To learn more about the history of no-code and low code solutions, read our blog on the rise of citizen developers.
More and more organizations are utilizing no code and low code solutions, and they can have impressive results. One study of companies that used low code development found that it increased digital innovation by 66%, boosted responsiveness and reduced the need to hire full-time technical staff.
Benefits of low code and no-code solutions
As more people than ever have started working remotely this year, interest in low code and no-code solutions has been on the rise. With finances stretched, it is no surprise that organizations are looking at how to develop simple applications in house. Here are some of the key benefits:
- Respond to fast-changing situations
Building a low code solution allows your organization to build apps that respond to unpredictable scenarios – be that a pandemic, a wildfire, or some other challenge. For example, a healthcare organization could use a low code solution to build an app that helps patients diagnose symptoms of COVID-19. It would normally be too time-consuming and expensive to outsource the creation of this software. On the other hand, a low-code solution would be an ideal way to quickly create this kind of app.
- Adjust to slimmer budgets
The post-pandemic recession is likely to lead to budget cuts at many organizations, and many companies will look to reduce spend on custom technology development. However, with the appropriate training, citizen developers can continue to create low code and no-code solutions that respond to business needs – without having to spend money on outside assistance or specialist programmers.
- Become more resilient
Organizations that use no code and low code solutions will be much more resilient to future shocks. Your employees will have the skills to create apps and tools which address problems and you will therefore be much less dependent on external support.
- Reduce inefficiency
There are countless processes in organizations that are still carried out manually. Low code and no-code solutions can simply automate those workflows, saving your organization time and money – something that will be essential in an uncertain climate.
- Empower your employees
One of the most compelling benefits of low code and no-code solutions is that they allow regular employees to resolve their own problems. It is, after all, end-users who best know your organization’s processes and how they could be improved. Giving them access to these sorts of technologies means that they feel empowered to fix inefficiencies they deal with every day.
What does a low code/no-code solution look like?
The fire department of the City of Garland, TX, holds an inventory of thousands of pieces of equipment that protects the lives of firefighters and keeps the city safe. This apparatus must be maintained and updated to ensure that it remains operative.
In the past, this inventory management was a paper-based and inefficient process. However, citizen developers working for the City of Garland used a no-code solution from Nintex to build a sophisticated ticketing and inventory management app. The tool tracks orders, apparatus serial numbers, repairs, and much more to ensure that all firefighting gear is safe and fit for purpose. And this was all done in house by staff who had no professional training as software programmers.
To learn more, read the case study here.
Get started with low code and no-code solutions today
The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent recession have underscored just how valuable low code and no-code solutions will be as businesses respond to a challenging climate. If your organization is ready to empower citizen developers by building apps to meet your business needs, get started with Nintex for free.
Interested in discovering the power of using a low code and no-code automation solution for your organization? Request a free trial of the Nintex Workflow Cloud today.