IT teams are under tremendous pressure to keep operations running and secure â€“ leaving end-users on their own to move projects forward and digitally work with others remotely. Christian Thun, VP of engineering at Agiloft explains how this has spurred the adoption of low-code/no-code solutions. He further explains how these solutions allow users to implement their own applications without any coding experience or IT intervention.
With over 23 million casesOpens a new window worldwide and climbing, COVID-19 has forced a substantial shift from location-based work to remote work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the percentage of remote workers increased from 10% to 64% within two months, and it is generally assumed that a large portion of the workforce will continue working from home even after the COVID-19 crisis is over. The extensive use of lockdown orders has disrupted all industries.Â
While businesses that depend on on-premise customers have suffered extensive losses, many online businesses thrive. For example, Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook announced major second quarter 2020 earnings. There is a substantial change in consumer behavior toward buying and using services online â€” these two trends in the market force organizations to react quickly, which is difficult for most. In addition to the lack of skills inside the organization to implement necessary changes, organizations also face the challenge of making substantial changes to the IT infrastructure within weeks, when earlier, timelines for such projects were measured in months or even years.Â
These challenges have accelerated the adoption of low-codeOpens a new window /no-code platforms (a market expected to growOpens a new window from $13.2 billion in 2020 to $45.5 billion by 2025). These platforms allow organizations to quickly react to changes by reconfiguring their IT systems to implement necessary changes in processes and organizations. No-code platforms reduce the need for complex and risky software development projects, making IT infrastructure significantly more agile and the business more competitive.
Enables Rapid Development
No-code platforms enable rapid development of applications for the enablement and automation of business processes. They are highly configurable and can easily be adapted to support even the most rapid changes in customer’s needs, regardless of a company’s size, industry vertical, or desired application. For example, enterprises can use no-code platforms to quickly implement changes to HRM procedures, time reporting, or employee self-service to facilitate the transition from working in offices to a remote workforce.
Allows Quick Integration
While traditional methods of software development may take months to deploy, no-code software development allows companies to integrate solutions within weeks or even days. No-code software can drastically cut the time of deployment by up to 80%, allowing companies to deliver new solutions quickly and efficiently.Â
With hospitals and doctor’s offices flooded with COVID-19 cases, the healthcare industry has quickly turned to no-code software to mitigate risks associated with going to the doctor. No-code software has enabled doctors to deploy telehealth apps and respond quickly to meet the increase in demand.Â
Those who are worried about COVID-19 symptoms and in need of communication with healthcare professionals can now video chat or text experts from the safety of their homes. Many telehealth applications that have risen in popularity over the course of the pandemic have been fueled by no-code initiatives. Forrester has also notedOpens a new window that low-code solutions can help with pandemic relief by creating and deploying applications for vaccines and testing quickly.
Additionally, no-code software’s ability to easily integrate with external automated systems and applications provides a tremendous advantage over legacy systems that must be re-coded every few years as technology marches onward. No-code software allows organizations to easily update products and tailor them to customer needs.
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Businesses must develop creative solutions to support customers and employees while also being agile in this uncertain time. Organizations must make strategic decisions using foresight to prepare for potential disasters as well as develop technology that can make business practices more effective. Automation and artificial intelligence (AI) can play an integral role in helping businesses digitize their business and quickly deploy new products.
In today’s rapidly evolving digital economy, the digital process automation (i.e., non-industrial) market is rising exponentially, netting a worth of $6.76 billion. No-code driven technology is quickly revolutionizing the industry and leaving traditional, code-heavy software development behind. By utilizing AI and machine learning, no-code software allows organizations to efficiently classify, extract, and analyze data.Â
As AI-driven software continues to progress, more industries are beginning to implement these solutions. For example, many organizations within the legal industry are jumpstarting initiatives that incorporate AI no-code software into their applications to manage contracts, compliance, and mitigate risk.Â AI-driven solutions are increasingly carrying out aspects of the routine tasks previously performed by paralegals and junior lawyers, such as contract drafting, legal research, and contract review.Â
As organizations continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, no-code development will stand at the forefront of digital transformation. No-code solutions offer businesses the competitive edge needed to quickly deploy new products, integrate AI, and accommodate customer/supply chain needs with accuracy and efficiency. While organizations look to digitize the enterprise during this time, no-code solutions will allow organizations to maintain business continuity.Â