NO-CODE? NO PROBLEM!
The lack of resources in many areas of software development is a well-known challenge. No-code platforms are the market’s solution to this problem. No-code means applications can be developed using a set of ready-made, standardised modules and a user-friendly interface with no prior programming knowledge needed. This means process development and digitalisation efforts can be shared across departments and act as operational know-how carriers. The market is booming. Companies looking to implement data integration, process automation, and product information management tools quickly and securely can should consider no-code solutions such as Lobster_data, Lobster_pro, and Lobster_pim.
When it comes to programming software applications, no-code is a little like Lego. Those looking to develop applications work with modular systems based on prefabricated building blocks within a no-code platform. Instead of manually writing the source code, the intuitive UI allows users to drag and drop building blocks from the construction kit and assemble them to create a wide variety of individual applications. While no-code tools are generally turnkey solutions by nature, low-code options act as an alternative that explicitly offer the option to disassemble the ready-made kit. To extend it, change it or insert individual sequences by way of text-based programming features. With a basic understanding of coding, the software can be customised even further.
NO-CODE: HIGH FLEXIBILITY AND FASTER DEVELOPMENT.
A major, practical advantage of no-code solutions is the speed with which applications can be developed. Instead of coding line by line, users can simply assemble the prefabricated, standardised blocks according to their individual needs. This shortens development cycles considerably, not least as the tried-and-tested blocks also reduce the risk of programming errors. This enables rapid, secure data integration and process automation.
CITIZEN DEVELOPERS WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH IT.
In the spirit of agile management, no-code platforms are a great option for those wanting to develop software and apps flexibly or adapt processes at shorter intervals. Another advantage is the fact that non-IT experts can often take on work traditionally reserved for professional developers. After a short introduction to the solution, employees from operational departments are also able to create applications using drag and drop as ‘citizen developers’. This means new features or entire applications can be developed in a fraction of the time. What’s more, this approach also prioritises operational considerations and places the concrete requirements of the actual users of the software at the core of the development process.
For professional developers, no-code solutions offer the advantage of being able to quickly handle recurring tasks such as form-based data collection or data validation, whilst also enabling the specific workflows to be either routinely implemented or passed on to colleagues. By generating added value through digital innovation, no-code thus frees up the necessary resources for professional developers to contribute their highly specific expertise to more demanding forms of coding.
The impact this has on companies is evident. Cost cutting opportunities and time savings are generated thanks to shorter development cycles, reduced error rates, higher availability of critical IT resources, and faster projects turnaround times. In addition, non-IT employees become more invested in digitalisation through the emergence of new areas of responsibility and cross-departmental sharing of corporate know-how, allowing professional developers to focus on their core know-how. In short: more synergies for more business success.
A RAPIDLY EXPANDING MARKET.
As a provider of no-code technology, the Lobster Group plays a key role in driving this digital development with three simple software solutions for complex issues: Lobster_data, a powerful, high-performance middleware for EDI, EAI, ETL, IoT, and Industry 4.0. Lobster_pro, a highly user-friendly solution for the digitalisation and automation of business processes. And Lobster_pim, an efficient tool for multilingual product communication management. If current studies prove to be accurate, the global market for no-code and low-code platforms could reach a turnover of 187 billion USD by 2030. This is a significant increase, given the sector’s global market value in 2019 was estimated at 10.3 billion USD. This would suggest that companies everywhere are investing in smart, safe and secure no-code solutions. There’s no time like the present to ride this digital wave.