Hiding complexity to make software development future proof
As long as humans have been working on things, we’ve been trying to find better ways to do them. No-code is the natural evolution of software creation, and will fundamentally shift the accessibility & open up the door for many new solutions to be created.
What is No-Code?
No-code is the art of creating a unique solution to a problem that could have been written with code but the individual(s) have made it using visual methods without coding.
The trend in numbers:
- By 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity. (Gartner)
- The global low-code development platform market is predicted to generate a revenue of $187 billion by 2030, rising from $10 billion in 2019, and is expected to advance at a fast pace, 31% CAGR, during the forecast period. (GlobeNewswire)
- By 2024, 75% of large enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives. (Gartner)
A Brief History of a Human-Computer communication
If you wanted to learn programming in the early days you would have had to learn Assembly Language, a set of binary machine operation codes that instructed the microprocessor how to perform each step. Then computer engineers started creating compilers and function-based programs that allowed for a more readable format. As the technology grew, more and more languages were created, each making programming easier yet still requiring a strict syntax required to instruct the compiler how to perform a specific task.
In the 1950s and ’60s, OOP (Object Oriented Programming) emerged further simplifying languages and programming tasks. OOP was very successful because it combined functions and data into a single object, allowing programmers to focus on the operations with even less knowledge of how the microprocessor carried out extremely complex operations under the hood.
Now we are witnessing the next evolution in software development: the “Low-Code to No-Code Revolution.” This is going to be a game-changer — even bigger than Object-Oriented Programming (OOP). Today novice programmers can create powerful applications with little to no knowledge of how microprocessors work. Simply express what you want the computer to do in a variety of formats and a tool will either write or help you write the code for you.
The power of no-code platforms resides in the visual interface.
No-code development platforms allow programmers and non-programmers to create application software through graphical user interfaces and configuration instead of traditional computer programming. No-code & low-code development platforms are both designed to expedite the application development process.
The Biggest Disruption is happening within the small to medium business markets
Small and medium-sized businesses represent approximately 95% of the US market, and they simply don’t possess the resources for custom development projects — or even just customization of traditional software applications.
No-code platforms distrupt the way of software development and enable these businesses to digitaly transform.
- By implementing these platforms businesses can cut time, automate processes and alleviate developers.
- Entrepreneurs can save money and move faster by taking matters into their own hands.
Like any disruptive innovation, one of the biggest barriers to no-code adoption will be developers themselves. Like other industries where automation has disrupted business models, work processes and jobs, no-code development may do the very same thing to many of today’s highly skilled coders.
Becoming an Agile Enterprise
Working in an agile enterprise has multiple benefits not only for customers but also for suppliers and employees. Agility is much more than a set of methods, it reflects a philosophy, a mindset and a working environment that enables the optimization of the accomplished work as well as the pleasure for team members to collaborate and go further with their projects.
You do not « become » agile. You rather unleash your team’s full potential, moving towards collaborative and teamwork mindsets.
The agile software movement disrupted enterprise over a decade ago by integrating software development into the rest of the enterprise, no-code is making it possible for the rest of the enterprise to integrate itself into software development. Where the agile software movement brought developers closer to business decisions, no-code platforms empower line managers to deliver value to the development process and, increasingly, to build things themselves.
Agility as a set of values
- Accept decisions with customer satisfaction in mind
- Establish trust within your enterprise
- Accept & adapt to change
- Empower employees
- Deliver quality
- Create an improvement loop
No-Code toolset for The Agile (Enterprises, SMBs & Entrepreneurs)
The No-Code movement doesn’t just mean purely building new startups or businesses, it also includes building workflow automation with ease, improving business processes or anything you desire to help with operations and growth.
Believe me, when I say, there are as many types of no-code tools as there are no-code tools. You will need some time to become a master, however, with these tools you will be able to build your MVP in a couple of days or weeks, not months.
You can create:
- Uniquely designed responsive websites using Elementor (on WordPress) or Webflow
- Scalable eCommerce shop with Shopify or Woocommerce (on WordPress)
- Facebook Messenger bot for your shop powered by Chatfuel or ManyChat
- Web application using Bubble or Adalo
- Native mobile application with Thunkable
- Voice app using Voiceflow
- A complex internal business process application Airtable and Zapier
- Internal dashboards and tools with Retool
- Automation of any manual spreadsheet task using Parabola
- AR/VR/3D experience in your browser with Scapic
- A membership website using Memberspace
The Importance of “No-Code” for the World
Developers aren’t going away & learning to code will definitely be valuable to a set of people, but the world at large will benefit from each person that contributes to the technology of tomorrow.
In 2025 most software creators won’t be engineers. They will be doctors, teachers, farmers, psychologists… And they won’t have to spend months and months learning how to code, to solve a specific problem they see in the world.