Creating without coding: The build-your-own movement is here
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Today’s businesses run at the speed of their people: fast.
Technology has enabled a new generation of innovative self-starters who make the most of the knowledge and resources they have and drive results. With advancing digital tools — such as cloud-based platforms and copious device options — the transformation of business processes has never been more constant and impactful.
Now, we communicate without actually speaking a word and publish work at the push of a button. Not only is it possible to get the right information to the right people immediately – it’s expected.
This modern workforce demands tools that make it even easier to rapidly design and deploy business solutions on the fly, without relying on IT. They can’t wait days, weeks or months for a solution — they need it now.
A recent SMB Group survey discovered that 27 percent of small businesses have no IT support, at all. Yet, small and large businesses, alike, are increasing productivity and gaining time with the help of technologies like build-your-own business applications.
Business applications are the solution for organizations looking to focus more on growing and innovating and less on managing processes. Increasing efficiency and agility, these apps include workflows and forms that span roles, departments and data sources.
And now business apps can be created without any coding. This digital shift is explained in this excerpt from an Information Age article:
“This emerging category of ‘no-code’ or ‘low-code’ applications is a counterbalance to the everything-is-software trend, and the accessibility of such applications give a broad community of users within a given company the agility and autonomy to solve their own business problems without waiting for IT to lead the way or do it for them.”
K2’s Appit, for example, empowers users to build apps quickly and easily with no-code, drag-and-drop design tools. Anyone – regardless of their digital knowledge, or lack thereof – can create and deploy their own application solutions.
“Appit allows us to do what would normally take 3-5 coders and developers to accomplish,” said Mike Kirshbaum, Solutions Architect at ProgramNet.
Clearly, we’ve come a long way from the skilled-developers-only exclusivity. As technology advances, today’s workforce is becoming more emboldened and boundaries are disappearing. Tech tools that traverse titles and skill-sets are the trend in business, and in addition to untangling the complexities of technology, platforms like Appit eliminate much of the time and expense associated with software development, and can lead to increased profits and productivity.