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Mary Ludloff
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April 09, 2019

4 No-Code App Development Misconceptions

In the past, when companies needed custom software to power their operations, they’d either hire in-house developers or contract a third-party agency to build apps for them. 

Both options are very expensive. 

Instead of covering those prohibitive costs, organizations of all sizes are increasingly using no-code platforms to build apps that support their unique processes and workflows—all without breaking the bank. No-code platforms enable rapid application development and deployment at a fraction of the cost.

No-code represents the next phase in the evolution of software development.

Like all new technologies, there’s some uncertainty surrounding no-code platforms.

Let’s set the record straight by debunking four common misconceptions about no-code platforms.

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Misconception #1: You can’t make complex enterprise-grade apps with a no-code platform

There’s a perception that no-code platforms can only produce “simple” apps, and that if you’re looking for an enterprise-grade application, you’re better off looking elsewhere.

Some folks also believe that no-code apps struggle to scale.

Both sentiments couldn’t be further from the truth. AppSheet’s no-code apps, for example, are used by industry leaders for all sorts of mission-critical processes. Popular use cases include streamlining inspections, keeping track of inventory, project management, process digitalization, and more.

As you search for a no-code solution, look for a platform that is data source-agnostic and works with various data formats.

With the right no-code platform, scalability is easily attained, and you have control over how that happens. For example, you can look for a solution that scales using data partitions or security filters, depending on your app’s specific needs.

Organizations can use no-code platforms to build powerful enterprise-grade apps. Husqvarna, for example, used a no-code platform to build applications that track and manage every piece of equipment (35,000 product SKUs in total) sent from its headquarters in Sweden to its warehouse in South Carolina.

Misconception #2: Like low-code platforms, no-code platforms require trained software developers

Low-code platforms do need software developers. But that criteria doesn’t extend to no-code platforms.

Thanks to no-code platforms, we’re entering a new phase in application development where any team member can become a citizen developer, helping build apps that support their company’s unique workflows.

Check out this case study to see how Janis Majors, head of special projects at M&O Partners, used AppSheet to build several custom applications without having any technical expertise.

Misconception #3: No-code apps are not secure

You’re probably wondering: If any average employee can build an app with a no-code platform, doesn’t that increase the chances that the apps they end up building might be full of security vulnerabilities?

Not at all, as long as you are using a platform that includes built-in security features and extensive compliance certification.

As you begin your search for a no-code platform, ask yourself what kinds of security requirements your organization has. For example, you might be interested in SOC 2 Type 1 compliance to ensure that your apps comply with existing internal policies and regulations or you might be looking to build a HIPAA-compliant solution to keep personally identifiable information secure.

If security is a top priority, look for no-code platforms that include built-in security features. With the right solution, citizen developers can define the security model of the apps they build, require users to sign in, set authentication providers, and implement domain authentication, and more.

Leading no-code platforms will also ensure that data is encrypted both at-rest and in-transit. With the right solution in place, you won’t have to worry about a third-party provider storing your data; your information will simply pass through their servers, and data will always sync from the original source.

As you can see, no-code application platforms can be highly secure, and with the right solution in place, your team always has the ability to adjust security measures as needed.

Misconception #4: IT will lose control over no-code apps

Some IT leaders believe that they won’t have much oversight over apps created on no-code platforms. The fear is that no-code apps will lead to “shadow IT,” i.e., technology that is used without IT’s knowledge or permission.

To address this concern, look for no-code platforms that give administrators tools to manage users, teams, apps, and compliance. In short, citizens developers build apps while IT manages and governs the release of those apps—IT retains the same control over no-code apps as they would have over any other apps in their software suite.

Rethink What’s Possible with AppSheet

AppSheet is the platform of choice for making secure, complex, enterprise-grade apps with minimal technical experience or training.

With this in mind, it comes as no surprise that AppSheet was named a leader in the 3Q18 Forrester Wave Report for mobile low-code platforms. More and more users are trying AppSheet, experiencing the app-building process for themselves, and enjoying great business outcomes because of it.

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