How No-Code Development Can Support Digital Transformation
Many companies’ current speed and scale of digital transformation exceed what internal IT teams can accomplish alone. Companies need more digital solutions than in-house developers can build themselves, and off-the-shelf options don’t always meet specific needs.
No-code development has entered the landscape as one possible solution. It allows any employee—even those with no coding experience—to develop applications with visual programming interfaces. Employees can simply drag and drop instead of writing meticulous lines of code. No-code development goes beyond even low-code development, which may still require some coding knowledge, to democratize the ability to build business applications. Any tech-savvy employee can do it.
It’s no wonder a quarter of executives in one KPMG survey named no-code and low-code development as their most important automation investment. Companies can now innovate, iterate, and integrate new tools faster than ever before.
The Risks of No-Code Development
No-code development has high potential to accelerate digital transformation, but the opportunities don’t come without risks:
- Employees can use no-code development to create business applications aimed at specific problems, but these solutions can’t often scale to fit into an organization’s larger software ecosystem.
- Retaining information about no-code applications can be challenging. If an employee builds an application without documenting their processes, the knowledge behind the application leaves the company when the employee does.
- Employees might rely on data from the wrong sources to develop applications. Perhaps an employee pulls data from an export, places it in Excel, then loads it into SharePoint. But the data might change in a couple of days, and the orchestration of the information falls apart. The application is no longer in sync with reality.
- No-code development can distract employees. Someone might become a de facto software developer because they’re good at using no-code programs but lose focus on their core responsibilities.
These risks can create roadblocks for companies undergoing digital transformation. However, with the right information management strategies and tools, companies can mitigate risks to realize the full benefits of no-code development.
How CTG Optimizes No-Code Development
CTG can give companies the information management capabilities necessary for driving digital transformation with no-code development.
With CTG’s Scrum-as-a-Service offering, companies new to no-code development can co-develop apps with CTG’s experienced team or outsource development responsibilities as needed. Throughout the process, CTG experts teach new adopters the best practices for self-service development, leading to better products and helping scale no-code applications throughout the enterprise.
DataOps services from CTG also help companies bring smart data governance to no-code development. The service makes high-quality data a flexible asset for any purpose: analytics, application development, automation, content management, and more. Expert-led DataOps programs ensure that user-built apps—or any other data-driven resources—are functional, accurate, up-to-date, and actionable.
CTG’s services follow a fit-for-purpose framework designed to align digital transformation initiatives with a company’s goals, strengths, and resources. Wherever no-code development can enable continuous improvement or encourage a data-driven culture, CTG will devise and execute an appropriate strategy.
To learn more about how CTG can enable efficient no-code development to accelerate digital transformation at your company, get in touch today.
Director, Application and Information Solutions and Testing, North America
As Director of CTG’s Application and Information Solutions (AIS) and Testing in North America, Mr. Cruz has executive responsibility for the ongoing development of CTG’s AIS and Testing offerings and teams to deliver innovative, global services that help clients strategically address their business challenges. Rick is an accomplished IT leader and TOGAF Certified Enterprise Architect with 25+ years of IT experience, specializing in global solution delivery, enterprise digital transformation platform and solution development, user experience and quality assurance, and data integration. Adept at improving operational efficiency, reducing costs, formulating plans to support ongoing business change, and liaising between technical and non-technical groups, Mr. Cruz has a successful track record in solution architecture and execution, as well as business relationship management.
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