In the past, companies had two options for building custom apps: They could either hire a team of internal developers and have them work on traditional or low-code app platforms or outsource the entire process to a third-party agency.
Either way, the process was highly resource-intensive.
Now, a growing number of companies are embracing an alternative method of software development: leveraging no-code platforms.
AppSheet’s no-code platform, for instance, enables technical or non-technical workers to quickly and inexpensively create custom apps that solve everyday business challenges. No-code platforms are now being used to build apps that do everything from creating and tracking daily workflows to streamlining site and safety inspections—and everything in between.
With that in mind, let’s look at five reasons today’s leading organizations are increasingly turning to no-code development platforms.
A recent DZone article suggests that it can take as long as nine months and cost as much as $250,000 to build a custom software application.
AppSheet’s no-code development platform expedites the process considerably—translating into significant savings. For example, a home services company based out of Singapore was able to reduce software expenses by 60% with AppSheet.
Instead of having to build apps from scratch, AppSheet analyzes the underlying data to determine how an app should work. The platform then builds out an initial iteration of the app that can then be updated by citizen developers via an intuitive user-friendly interface.
Add it all up, and no-code platforms like AppSheet enable non-technical employees to build custom apps in days—or even hours.
We all know what it’s like to do repetitive tasks at work every day. Cumulatively, these tasks take up a lot of time. When you keep doing the same thing over and over again, things are bound to get a bit monotonous, too.
No-code platforms enable employees to build software solutions that streamline routine tasks like tracking inventory, compiling daily reports, and filling out time cards.
As such, companies that use the innovative technology can expect their teams to reclaim a lot of time. In fact, Forrester says that low-code platforms (including no-code) can reduce development time by at least 10x.
All of that extra time can then be invested in other growth areas.
One of the main causes of unhappiness and poor performance at work is a lack of engagement. When workers feel powerless or tethered to inefficient processes, they tend to lose motivation.
An easy way to boost employee engagement is by helping your team develop digital skills.
No-code platforms can help here, too, by enabling citizen developers to build powerful applications.
Employees get to use new technology to learn new things—which translates into increased engagement and, by extension, more productivity.
The last thing a business wants is for insecure apps to cascade across the enterprise, opening the door to countless vulnerabilities.
Because it enables employees to build the perfect tool for the job, no-code development can also help reduce shadow IT. This has enormous implications, particularly since Gartner predicts that 33% of successful attacks on enterprises will result from shadow IT by 2020.
Taken together, no-code platforms can help organizations strengthen security and governance while mitigating their exposure to risks.
Since no-code platforms speed up software development, the technology also accelerates innovation. With custom apps in place, employees can get more things done in less time—which means getting products to market faster.
Imagine an employee has to toggle between several different platforms to do their job. Not only can such an experience be frustrating, it can also be quite time-consuming.
Now let’s say that same employee uses an app built on the AppSheet platform (or other no-code platform) to manage those actions. Efficiency increases, driving competitive advantage.
Getting the best results starts with using the right tool for the job at hand. Thanks to no-code platforms, organizations can increase efficiency and productivity while making their employees happier.
You can also read about how one of Colorado’s leading construction contractors used AppSheet to streamline management with custom apps in this case study.