Business transformation is often regarded as being an umbrella term that encompasses fundamental changes that an organization makes. Whether we talk about personnel, processes, or technology, companies want to become more efficient and productive at the end of the day.
In most cases, they refer to significant, bold shifts by which organizations accelerate growth or create additional value. There are several types of changes that an organization can undertake, but we will focus on business processes and digital transformation in today's blog post.
The global pandemic required sudden changes and increased business agility, which, in many cases, has taken organizations by surprise. Recent developments and the sudden rise in automation technologies such as no-code provided companies a fast and viable alternative to business process automation. Additionally, no-code technology is among the top drivers for organizations' digital transformation. It allows more rapid deployment of software applications and empowers employees to become more efficient and productive by automating repetitive tasks.
In one of our previous blog posts, we have highlighted the people who can benefit from this technology, and now it's time to take a look at how this technology can help organizations as a whole. Furthermore, we'll expose what challenges arose and how no-code technology is key to business transformation and digital transformation.
Citizen developers & Shadow IT
There’s no question that modern software development demands more speed, agility, and hands-on deck, which is why companies must change their approach to software development. No-code technology fits right into place as it removes the need to write code needed to build applications. The best part is that any tech-savvy employee can be trained to use it.
Democratizing access to application development tools serves the critical goals of digital transformation. No-code platforms are the result of more people needing access to development tools to speed delivery in addition to being a technology that is human friendly and can help organizations increase their odds for a successful digital transformation.
No-code allows business users who already know the detailed workflows of daily operations to lead the application development process. It empowers more people, colloquially named citizen developers, to self-manage their application and automation needs by providing a highly secure platform with lots of guardrails and room for creativity and experimentation. If you empower everyone to build business apps with no code, upskill them with training and enhance their digital literacy, the results will come. After all, profound change only comes from enrolling more people into the digital transformation process.
However, even if no-code platforms and citizen developers are synonymous with software development, shadow IT is still a big concern. Shadow IT is the risk you run by sanctioning development activity outside of It departments, and it’s one of the critical objections to no-code platforms by CIOs and IT managers alike. We have written a blog post about this where we give insights into how no-code technology can help mitigate shadow IT related security concerns.
Additionally, the no-code platforms benefit from power and quality, which means they take shadow IT and make it worthwhile. Combined with strategy and governance, no-code technology eliminates the chaos of shadow IT and transforms it into a powerful digital transformation force throughout the enterprise.
Since many companies have been forced to cut down costs, digitize, and integrate more of their operations faster, no-code platforms rose in popularity. However, for no-code technology to live up to its hype, businesses need to scale these development tools strategically to harness their full potential. The global COVID-19 crisis will end, but its impact will remain, and organizations need to move from a reactionary position to no-code to assure resilience and innovation. There are several ways that businesses can leverage no-code or low-code as viable long-term solutions.
The first one is to incorporate these technologies from the start. To maximize speed to market, organizations must consider factors such as privacy and security and identify how no-code technology can support their needs. The second one is to turn no-code into an autonomous function. This step requires a clear vision, a well-defined set of goals, and a team to execute it. Organizations can roll out on a smaller scale then scale up in scope and complexity as needed. The third one is to create fusion developer teams, which are code-first and no-code developers, and IT professionals focused on delivering software applications. In this case, the fusion developer team acts as a self-sustaining organism within the organization.
Additionally, no-code solves the challenges of speed and cost of digital transformation. Since the challenge of finding technical skills is removed, businesses can increase innovation and the advantages of more incredible speed and lower price. Last but not least, no-code platforms facilitate fast-prototyping without the overhead expenditures allowing and encouraging experimentation.
Digital transformation is just a small but integral part of business transformation, which is why companies that want to pivot and make good on their strategies need to incorporate no-code technology. It provides organizations with agility and control and offers innovations to cut costs while improving efficiency and productivity. Additionally, organizations that need to digitize fully must understand that it’s about the technology itself and the people who use it. No-code excels in this by empowering employees to become citizen developers.