In essence, no code application building platforms allow non-tech-professionals to create applications without knowing or writing code, vastly accelerating time to value. Software that promises efficiency gains is nothing new – in fact it’s likely the sole commonality between packages – but the simple premise of no code belies its far-reaching implications for business, and perhaps even wider society.
In a theological view of business, tech teams represent the unmoved mover from which all life spouts forth. However, on the seventh day, instead of rest comes a backlog of tasks. This ongoing outsized demand for tech resource leaves departments across the company fighting to prove their value against other teams, and justify the financial significance of their request. Departments closest to the revenue tend to be repeatedly favoured, while departments like marketing and HR can have their tech needs continually deprioritised. Meanwhile, the IT team struggles to keep up with even their key tasks, experiences burnout, and finds themselves burdened with the responsibilities of continually having to do more with less.
Sophisticated no code platforms like Intelastel skirt this sticky wicket by devolving the power of creation to their respective departments. Instead of applying for new tech, nominated individuals within each team are gently upskilled so they can compose their own applications using the no code platform. This begins to create a level playing field between departments, as teams are empowered to prioritise and actualise their own tech delivery. This devolution clears the noise from tech team to-do lists, freeing them up to concentrate on more complex tasks.
Bespoke software development is expensive whichever way you slice it. Development is a long and frequently painful process, with worrying statistics around success. A 2017 report by the PMI claimed 43% of projects exceeded budget, while 14% outright failed.
This expense has previously created a tiered system, where larger and more cash-rich organisations enjoy the efficiency benefits and ease of use of bespoke software, while smaller, more constrained businesses are left retrofitting off the shelf products around their existing work processes. This translates into a growing competitive disparity in which the larger organisation runs ahead.
No code redresses this ‘rich get richer’ narrative and enables businesses of all sizes and means access to tailored software that moulds to their working practices. The rapid time to value offered means companies can get up and running with new applications in as little as 24 hours, and the versatility of the platform is ideal for younger businesses whose offering and processes may still be evolving. Pricing structures like Intelastel’s pay per user model doesn’t rely on block costs, and can scale with your business. Additionally, risk of project failure is removed. These factors tot up to a levelled playing field where smaller businesses can square up to the behemoths.
Tech is very much an industry dominated by young, middle class, white males and has struggled to achieve representative diversity. In the UK, according to Diversity in Tech only 15% of the tech workforce are from BAME backgrounds and gender diversity is at 19% – compared to 49% for all other jobs. Given that the tech sector is expanding almost three times as quickly as the rest of the UK economy, this is adding up to a highly paid, high demand yet statistically exclusionary industry.
While issues are recognised and addressed, change is unlikely to happen overnight. Socioeconomic factors gatekeep the industry for privileged groups – children who don’t have ready access to computers, attend schools with outdated software and hardware, or don’t have the right role models, find themselves unequipped for a career in tech. Prized, creative and rewarding roles such as software development take a long time to learn and tool for, making it difficult to switch into without any grounding. Additionally, a lack of female and BAME role models and mentors within tech perpetuates gender and racial imbalance.
No code software empowers non-tech-professionals without specific software development knowledge to allow them to compose and configure business applications. This provides a bridge to tech from other departments, and introduces the fundamentals of system design in a non-intimidating way. With the coding barrier removed, users can focus on organising workflow, system structure, and considerations like compliance and security. This opens up roles within tech, shortens the learning curve, and enables new routes into the industry. On the flipside, as tech skills overspill the IT silo, employees across the board can meaningfully upskill in their current roles and realise pay increases without necessarily jumping ship.
No code is software in an ocean of softwares. All promise productivity benefits and hype economic rewards. However, the transformative power that sets no code apart lies within the fundamental changes applied across your business structure. By enabling departments to run independently, and using flexible pricing to suit SMEs, no code can level the playing field inside and outside of business. And hopefully, as the uptake of no code continues to proliferate, it might just initiate some grass shoots of wider equality too.
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