Thinking about starting a business? Worried you can’t get started because you aren’t an engineer or you can’t afford one? No code may be the answer you’ve been searching for.
No code has become a buzzword similar to “cloud” and “AI”. We’re here to help you understand what it means to you. At its core, no code refers to a new set of products and services that allow non-developers to build technology solutions that bring their business ideas to life.
No code has great promise for the 70%+ of IT leaders who report that their project backlogs prevent them from working on strategic projects. However, we also see a huge opportunity for potential founders to take the leap without requiring an expensive - and elusive - engineering team just to get started.
To help de-mystify the idea of no code, many if not most of you reading this are already familiar with one of the original no-code tools: Microsoft Excel. True, Excel provides rich capabilities that depend on a knowledge of basic or even advanced programming with visual basic, but the vast majority of Excel users don’t need to understand anything about programming to benefit from Excel.
Research firm Gartner predicts that low code/no code will represent 65% of all app development by 2024. That means more and more investment dollars will flow into the no-code platforms vying for a piece of that pie.
For those of you who have wanted to start a business, but worried that you need a techie co-founder to get started, or that you’ll run out of money before you ever get to test out the idea due to expensive engineering salaries or freelance fees, no code offerings could be the answer.
One example comes from a business unit within a top 10 global bank: using Unqork*, a no-code application development platform, they launched a new wealth management product in only three months.
Another example is a global media company that deployed UiPath* to accelerate digital transformation and free up employees from being the “glue” between systems, saving 350,000 hours in the first year across 20+ organizational units.
But no code’s benefits are not limited to groups in established businesses. Take Brent Summers who built a full-fledged web app that let people buy digital gift cards for local businesses struggling during the pandemic. Brent and his co-founder Justin Mares, built their small business gift card app, GiveLocal, using Bubble, a popular no-code platform. They launched their app on March 15, 2020 after only three days of building it. Within just one week, GiveLocal was acquired by USA Today and is now known as “Support Local.”
With no code one of the highest hurdles to launching your business idea is getting a lot easier to cross. Check out some of the top no-code solutions listed below and get started on your business idea.
- Appy Pie
- Bizness Apps
- Microsoft PowerApps
- Ninox Database
- Quick Base
- Salesforce Platform
- Zoho Creator