Since its inception, low-code has been a game changer in software development landscape. More business users are creating their own business applications than ever before, even if they don’t have the necessary coding knowledge for it.
Low-code application development has made businesses less dependent on their IT departments to keep their operations running. Instead of sending requests to IT each time a business user needs a new application or implementation, low-code has enabled business heads to create it all by themselves.
But as even the name suggests, low-code isn’t complete. It’s not completely without code. It creates a problem when citizen developers cannot create some applications without the intervention of skilled developers. Even the limited amount of coding scares would-be users.
Like its predecessor, zero-code aims to change the software development landscape by providing zero-code development platforms where citizen developers can create the applications of their choice, even if it’s complex, without writing a single line of code.
Citizen developers are fast becoming a mainstay in modern businesses. Business users know what they want and how applications should function, and low-code platforms gave some their first taste of it.
Here’s where zero-code steps in. Zero-code development platforms offer an arsenal of features to compete against traditional low-code platforms, since they are aiming for a space that is occupied by low-code technology. Because of the similarities between the two, zero-code platforms have features that parallel low-code in many ways.
Like low-code, zero-code has tools in place to enable quick development. Instead of inputting code by hand, it’s all through visual interfaces, allowing regular business users to connect modules of their choice to enable the features they want, without having to manually connect these modules together. In low-code development tools, there can be some modules and features that aren’t available out of the box or in a template, hence the coding requirement.
But with zero-code, everything a user needs is available on-hand. Even the most complicated form element or workflow design is handled with a few clicks on a zero-code development platform.
Over the years, we’ve seen the rise of PaaS low-code products, enabling citizen developers to create applications for different systems. But if someone needed an application to run on different platforms and operating systems, they needed to code separate apps for every platform.
But with a PaaS, or Application Platform as a Service, there’s no need to code for all platforms. These become self-contained platforms which can be used through a browser, regardless of the operating system your users will be running.
It's built once, deployed once, and used everywhere.
With more and more citizen developers popping up, software vendors are providing zero-code platforms and tools to help these developers create and manage their own applications, all without having to call in an expert programmer.
Citizen developers are taking center stage, while skilled developers are being put to good use in developing more complex and essential applications and platforms.
Let’s say someone in your finance, sales, or HR department needs a new tool or app to get their work done, and send a request to IT. IT is too clogged with other tasks on their plate. When IT finally does get to the request, it’s well past the deadline, and most people have already forgotten about it.
Zero-code platforms change the process entirely. Instead of pressuring IT, they put the power of development into the same business users who have the idea for a new tool or feature. Zero-code development platforms provide a way to churn out applications, big or small, quickly and efficiently, without the need for in-depth testing and requirement planning.
If you’ve already got a low-code platform in your workplace, then you’ll know both of the scenarios mentioned above.
Zero-code development and zero-code platforms are not a replacement for traditional hand-coding which is required to build mission-critical applications. Zero-code platforms are actually a huge time saver for IT teams as they let programmers spend more time on work only they can do. While the mass of smaller apps that need to be created is handled by the people who request them.
Zero-code has been making strides in organizations all over the world, providing citizen developers with tools they need to get the job done. These platforms, like Kissflow, ensure no one is left stranded because they needed a tool and couldn’t get to it in time. If you’re looking to optimize processes in your workplace and introduce automation to old and outdated processes, check out Kissflow. The inbuilt app editor provides a means for citizen developers to create workflows of their choice, managing fields, forms, and permissions, all without writing a single line of code. Try it out for free, and see if it’s the right fit for your organization.