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Gwen Chen
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February 12, 2019

What is a No-Code Development Platform

Businesses use custom apps for a variety of critical needs like creating and tracking workflows, boosting productivity, and identifying key growth opportunities.

Design and development, however, is often a highly resource-intensive process, putting custom apps out of reach for many organizations.

To create custom apps, companies must either hire software engineers or outsource to third-party agencies—both of which are very expensive and time-consuming. A typical app can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and take six months or longer to design and develop. App creation can also overwhelm technical teams, leading to software bottlenecks, delayed projects, and missed opportunities.

As such, many IT decision makers are now looking for ways to streamline custom app creation and reduce their dependence on developers. In a recent study, 61 percent of C-level executives claimed that access to developer talent is a threat to the success of their business—higher than capital constraints, believe it or not.

The solution to this challenge is using a no-code platform, which makes the app creation process significantly faster and more affordable.

No-code: An overview

Using a no-code platform, non-technical employees can quickly and easily create custom apps to solve everyday business challenges.

Generally speaking, there are two kinds of no-code platforms:

  • Visual drag-and-drop platforms that replace lines of complicated code with highly visual, intuitive tools and user-friendly modules.
  • Data-driven platforms that analyze data to understand the intent of the app and then build out a first iteration, which can then be modified via a user-friendly interface.

According to Forrester, replacing traditional programming with visual tools can make software development up to 10 times faster.

In one example, Jesse Escobar, a facilities management analyst at a major university, used AppSheet’s no-code platform to streamline trash pickup at his school’s campus.

“I certainly had no coding experience and there wasn’t a developer on my four-man team,” Jesse explained. “But AppSheet is simple enough that I was able to build my app in just a couple hours.”

The future is no-code

The need for cost-effective, custom apps is bound to accelerate as businesses continue to engage in digital transformation.

For starters, more than one-third of organizations have already started implementing a digital-first approach to businesses processes, customer engagement, and operations. What’s more, 85 percent of enterprise decision makers believe they will become less competitive if they don’t make substantial progress on their digital transformation initiatives over the next two years.

In the age of agile businesses, no-code development is the next step in the evolution of enterprise software. Businesses are now moving away from traditional legacy apps and hardware in favor of flexible and reliable cloud-based systems.

Anyone can be a developer—even you!

Cloud-based no-code development has given rise to a new generation of “citizen developers” who are driving digital innovation despite lacking technical expertise.

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Now, you no longer need to be a technical whiz and create software—suffice it to say this is a very powerful advancement.

No-code development helps businesses of all sizes build powerful and reliable custom apps in less time—and for less money.

These apps enable businesses to move faster and more efficiently, which ultimately translates into a healthier bottom line and a more engaged workforce.

To learn more about AppSheet’s approach to no-code development, click here

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