A recent article in TechCrunch boosts no-code tools for building software, shedding light on how they are quickly coming to play a key role in the era of hyper-automation.
No-code platforms have evolved far beyond making websites without coding – this is a whole new way of building enterprise software that changes who can build software, how it’s built, what you can build, and overall speed in making your company more self-driving.
Authors Alex Nichols, Jesse Wedler note; “It seems like every software funding and product announcement these days includes some sort of reference to “no code” platforms or functionality. The frequent callbacks to this buzzy term reflect a realization that we’re entering a new software era.”
They go on to explain, “Similar to cloud, no code is not a category itself, but rather a shift in how users interface with software tools. In the same way that PCs democratized software usage, APIs democratized software connectivity and the cloud democratized the purchase and deployment of software, no code will usher in the next wave of enterprise innovation by democratizing technical skill sets. No code is empowering business users to take over functionality previously owned by technical users by abstracting complexity and centering around a visual workflow. This profound generational shift has the power to touch every software market and every user across the enterprise.”
Creating software applications shouldn’t be limited to narrow slivers of perspective from our society. No-code software ensures accessibility and inclusivity in development. Incredible things come from diverse perspectives, and with how disruptive AI, digital communications, and machine learning have become, it’s important to ensure the democratization of the ability to create and access these innovations.
Enabling your company to program conversational AI without writing code is a factor that accelerates the evolution of your ecosystem. When anyone in your organization can take part in the construction and evolution of your ecosystem, you are on track to hyper-automate. Currently, the most efficient way to accelerate the force-multiplying effects of hyper-automation is for your company to equip themselves for rapid code-free programming. As we’ve outlined, when the technology itself recedes into the background, members of your organization can contribute directly to the automation of tasks they know best.
Think of the way that web design has changed over the past couple of decades. Initially, you needed a fairly in-depth understanding of coding languages to create even a static website. As websites became more interactive and functional, the knowledge required to build them became more complex. Eventually, tools emerged that empowered people without web development skills to build their own sites by customizing existing templates. Now we’re to a point where someone with limited computing skills can build a single-use, multi-page website (one that coordinates information for an upcoming wedding, for example) in a single afternoon.
No-code conversational AI platforms let people automate workflows they understand without needing any requisite knowledge, just the ability to converse with a platform through natural language. This is precisely why we designed CS2.0 to empower users with code-free programming features. Co-creation relies on everyone taking part and no-code tools are central to staying competitive in this race.