Resource constrained? Solve it with No-Code.
We live in very unique times: strong economic growth, low unemployment, and tens of thousands of open job reqs. Help is hard to find. A topic that comes up in every conversation we have with businesses in every industry. The theme is a constant across all the business leaders we talk to whether it be IT executives with a problem [no resources], Operation executives with an IT problem [no resources], or Innovation executives who are trying to find a way to overcome — yet again — a lack of technology resources.
While the obvious advantage of a No-Code approach (where anyone can quickly configure an app themselves) is the reduced time to market, cost savings, and productivity increases; more and more it is becoming a necessity to combat a dwindling workforce. The biggest organizations are out in front of this movement, realizing that their only hope to maintain a competitive advantage — or to compete at all — is to go the No-Code route. It is a simple necessity. Entrenched attitudes favoring traditional development are falling out of favor because it’s hard to argue to maintain the status quo when you don’t have the developers.
This is not to say that No-Code will replace traditional software development. It won’t. There are still many areas that are better suited to custom software development. But doesn’t it make sense to do as much as possible with the No-Code approach so that your development team can focus their time and energy on their core competencies? You wouldn’t want to use a No-Code approach to build a custom UX but you’d certainly want to use it to build mobile apps.
As I mentioned above, we are talking to companies on a regular basis and are seeing similarities in the challenges they share with us. IT executives all seem to have the same problem: a lack of developer resources. It is increasingly difficult to support all the requests from their business users and they have been forced to look at new ways to service them, many times — somewhat begrudgingly — embracing No-Code options. My message to them: we’re not here to replace you, we’re here to help. We know our role and are very clear regarding where our platform is best suited.
We also encounter the Operations executive who has an IT problem, which again is tied to resources. They’re not getting the love and attention they need because IT is overwhelmed and working on other projects. Prioritization puts these business users at the end of the queue, and they struggle to run their business units efficiently. We see this quite often in the field service market.
Digital transformation has not yet happened for many organizations and their technicians are still working with paper, pencils, and clipboards while IT deals with the more pressing infrastructure challenges with ERP systems, CRM and a whole host of fun stuff. The ramifications of this lack of digitization impacts customer retention, lifetime value and, maybe most importantly, the retention of employees. No one wants to work an 8 to10-hour day and then spend three hours a night doing paperwork. Digital transformation and a No-Code approach to building mobile apps answers this problem and it does so very quickly. A No-Code solution can be built in weeks, not months or years, and it can be built by Business Analysts. I recently shared this with a CIO of a large corporation, and I could almost see the light bulb go off over his head.
Another person that we are talking more with is the Innovation executive who has been tasked with finding a way to do more with less and do it quickly. In this situation, all roads lead to a No-Code approach. Functioning as somewhat of an independent agent within large organizations, they are less likely to rely on traditional methods of development and more likely to embrace a different approach.
I am a hands-on SVP and I participate in discovery calls, demos, and industry roundtables and one thing is very clear, it’s tough to run a business these days. The theme of doing more with less is ubiquitous. Every executive is worried about the same thing: hiring qualified, talented people. It is certainly an employee’s market right now and it is very clear that there’s not enough talent to go around. I cannot help but feel that we’re offering a lifeline to these organizations by providing them with a viable means of quickly and effectively addressing their business challenges. Change is born out of necessity and the challenging employment market has made the No-Code space one of the most in-demand segments in technology.