The shift towards no-code solutions observably changes the role and position of programmers in the company ecosystem.
Business needs business applications, there is no doubt about it. Just like a company needs financial and accounting systems, it is equally obvious that any business these days needs applications to make their operations more efficient.
Don’t be a hostage to custom code
In the context of traditional accounting or warehouse management software, the market already offers a number of ready-made applications dedicated to given industries and company types. What they require is simply adaptation and day-to-day management.
However, that’s not the full picture. Every organization also runs a rather significant number of business processes that are managed with e-mails or Excel spreadsheets. More often than not, these processes determine the competitiveness of the company – playing an important role in building the added value, yet they are left unsupported by any tools, or are handled with shadow IT solutions.
With the increasing specificity of the processes and the competitive edge they provide, the probability of finding a ready-made IT solution to support them drops dramatically. This realization creates a need for developing dedicated business applications, either by an in-house IT department, or an external software house.
However, experienced developers have become a commodity these days. Even top software houses recruit people who are industry newbies or even college freshmen. For many companies operating outside the IT industry, hiring a person with good programming skills is nothing short of a miracle. This brings in a very serious risk for not only the implementation and delivery of the project, but also for further maintenance and adaptation of the application to the changing needs of business.
The great revival of the RAD concept
Nowadays, it is definitely possible to build applications without involving software developers. The concept is no-code or low-code Rapid Application Delivery (RAD), and was originally born in the 1970s out of the strive to make creating applications easier and faster. Nowadays, however, the demand for business solutions is higher than ever, and RAD platforms themselves have become a viable alternative not only in the case of simple tools, but also some advanced solutions, critical from the business standpoint. The most innovative, advanced of them allow deliver enterprise grade business critical solutions – all without coding.
Unlike other methods, RAD offers a genuinely iterative and agile approach to building software. Enterprise-grade RAD platforms, such as WEBCON BPS, use a wide variety of ready-made, drag-and-drop code “blocks”, and not writing code from scratch, to minimize development time while maximizing its progress. Still, the components are customizable, to exactly match the project requirements. The focus is on delivering the project in iterations, with constant adjustment to the requirements of the client, even if they are changing or uncertain.
The platform provides IT departments with a powerful solution to continuously deliver an endless number of business applications, while business users get a single digital workplace with easy access to their tasks and information and top management enjoys the freedom to execute urgent decisions immediately.
New approach opens new perspectives
At first glance, it may seem that the constantly growing popularity of no-code solutions as basic application platforms for business might soon render software developers obsolete. Far from it. In fact, the technological shift opens more interesting perspectives to developers, as well as unveils new areas of creativity.
There is little doubt today that everything that can be achieved without coding should be automated and that developers shouldn’t work on that, which doesn’t really require their skills. As a result, the progress of automation supports them in pursuing other goals and objectives. The less time they can spend on building typical business applications, the more time they have for creating industry-specific, specialised solutions, algorithms, management of information and system architecture – in other words, pure innovation.
In spite for what it might seem at the first glance, using RAD solutions based on no-code principle does not eliminate developers, but it most definitely changes their role and position in the companies’ ecosystem.