When consumers look at a product, there are a few main characteristics that they are looking for. Products that attract more users should be able lower the barriers to accessibility and make the processes they are designed for as streamlined as possible. There have been many tools that have been developed that help to make the lives of their users easier.
No-code platforms are applications that may fit into this category well. There has been some chatter about these platforms, especially in the world of businesses that are looking to build and scale up. But what exactly are these no-code platforms and why is there so much conversation around them?
No-code platforms. What are they?
Simply put, a no-code platform is an application that allows a user with no coding skills to build an app, usually through a visual interface. A user is able to drag and drop blocks of software that are useful to the app they want to build. By putting together these blocks, a non-technical user of the platform is able to build a fully functional app without having to write any code hence the term no-code.
Why are no-code platforms important?
The world we live in today relies so much on the digital aspect of our lives, and the demand for mobile applications is high. The speed at which mobile applications need to be developed requires that those with technical expertise work at a rapid pace. In business, time is of great importance, and sometimes, the development of a mobile application takes longer than a business can afford.
Developing an application requires a lot of back and forth between the developers (technical team members) and the users of the app (non-technical team members) as information needs to be relayed between the two sets. With a no-code platform, non-technical team members are able to directly contribute to the development of an app through visual interfaces that require no technical know-how. This enables a team to work on and produce a functional mobile application more quickly.
A no-code platform also allows a business to easily make changes or additions to their app(s). This can be done seamlessly and quickly through the same visual interface that is used in the building of the app. This means that a business can lower its expenses as there is no need to engage a developer whenever there are updates that need to be made to an app.
In a world where there is high demand for mobile applications, small businesses spend significant amounts of money on the development of apps. No-code platforms lower the cost of developing these much-needed apps, allowing businesses to access their markets quicker. The resources that would have gone towards building an app can then be redirected towards growing other facets of the business. A business that does not have an IT department can use the personnel it already has to build an app instead of outsourcing.
Non-technical team members are important in the development of apps, especially those that they themselves will use. No-code platforms allow these people to fully participate in the development process. Businesses are able to scale quickly as they can internally build apps without breaking the bank and without requiring technical expertise. These platforms have the potential to revolutionize the process of building a business and the ecosystems that are needed for the business to function.
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