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Compute it: The rise of no code business applications

The ‘no code’ approach takes the fundamentals of code and translates them into simple drag and drop solutions.

Alipay's app (QR code L) currently allows users to pay with a traditional credit card linked to their bank or offers small unsecured loans to buy anything from toilet paper to laptops - Copyright AFP/File GREG BAKER
Alipay's app (QR code L) currently allows users to pay with a traditional credit card linked to their bank or offers small unsecured loans to buy anything from toilet paper to laptops - Copyright AFP/File GREG BAKER

Coding is essential to business, from assessing bank accounts, liking friends’ photos on social media, or are searching for goods on ecommerce sites, programming makes all of these actions possible.

Traditionally these applications were built by programmers who understood computer code. Today there are many platforms that require no coding skills in order for applications to be developed and this raises the prospect of driving business development forwards.

This Friday, March 11 sees the birth of the inaugural U.S. No-Code Day. The event is being launched by the No-Code company, Zapier and the event is designed to celebrate everything important about No-Code programming.

What is no code?

No code refers to platforms designed to enable both programmers and non-programmers to create application software via graphical user interfaces and configuration. This is in contrast to traditional computer programming.

No-code development platforms are closely related to low-code development platforms as both are designed to expedite the application development process.

Growth of no code

According to a new study by Zapier into the subject and provided to Digital Journal for review, 82 percent of respondents confirmed they started using no-code tools during the global pandemic (between 2020 and 2022). This created the largest boom of no-code use in history.

Furthermore, 85 percent of respondents indicated that they planned to implement additional no-code tools into their personal or business practices within the next 365 days.

One of the drivers for this is, according to Fabrizio Biscotti, research vice president at Gartner, due to a confluence of digital disruptions, hyperautomation and the rise of composable business.

In terms of how popular no code is becoming, according to Gartner, not only are new users continuing to flock to no-code tools, but existing users are increasing their usage: currently, nearly 60 percent of all custom apps are built outside the IT department.

It is also estimated that by 2025, 70 percent of new apps developed by organizations will use no-code or low-code tools, up from less than 25 percent in 2020. This is especially with the corporate function of business technologists, most of whom who report outside of IT departments and create technology or analytics capabilities for internal or external business use.

Written By

Dr. Tim Sandle is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for science news. Tim specializes in science, technology, environmental, and health journalism. He is additionally a practising microbiologist; and an author. He is also interested in history, politics and current affairs.

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