What is no-code application development?

No-code application development is a methodology which promotes app development using visually enhanced interfaces and zero code components. Such platforms offer a graphically dominant app-building experience through its drag-and-drop interface. The applications you build are based on forms and reports, with options to automate workflows without hard coding. This means that the code is already written and optimized on the backend, and configures automatically as the user builds different modules of the application. Most no-code platforms enhance building from scratch, irrespective of the user's expertise.

Benefits of no-code development

The advantages of no-code development platforms outweigh their limitations. Let’s take a look at some of the key factors involved:

Prevent shadow IT

As organizations expand their businesses, demands also skyrocket. And this makes it almost impossible for IT departments to handle all the technical requirements of their business teams. This backlogging of requests results in users developing or purchasing apps that are not compliant with organizational measures—and this is called shadow IT. No-code platforms, which are IT-compliant and have a short learning curve, help organizations uproot and prevent shadow IT.

Prevent shadow IT
Zero backend configuration

Zero backend configuration

No-code platforms follow an ideology: “You drag and drop. We write the code.” All visual components that are used in app building on a no-code platform have code snippets running in the background which are auto-configured for you.

Perfect for citizen developers

Perfect for citizen developers

A drag-and-drop interface and zero-code environment produces a short learning curve for no-code platforms. This makes it a suitable tool for citizen development, as organizations are looking for ways to improve employee productivity and innovation.

More agile, less expensive

No-code development platforms are all-in-one bundles which are priced affordably. From security to storage, everything is on the cloud. This makes access faster and allows teams to collaborate seamlessly and promote agile development.

More agile, less expensive

App Development in less expensive

No-code: The base camp for low-code development

No-code and low-code are often bundled together to form what's known as low-code no-code (LCNC). Although no-code forms a part of the low-code development landscape, both concepts boost business productivity in different ways. The differences are worth looking at before starting your software development journey.

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No-code using Zoho Creator

Zoho Creator is a no-code low-code application builder that helps processes on both ends of the coding spectrum—from no-code to low-code and pro-code capabilities. AI-powered features and uncompromising security make Zoho Creator a standout option in the LCNC space. The platform comes with an intuitive drag-and-drop interface and facilitates a multitude of no-code integrations and automations.

Form builder

Build forms visually without writing a single line of code. Forms are powered by 30+ fields, to help you bring a customized experience to your applications.

Report builder

Choose a template from a wide variety of report types to build, group, and visualize data. Conditional formatting and custom filters enable you to analyze data more effectively without writing code.

Workflow builder

Schedule tasks and automate processes with a single click. The workflow builder comes with a set of custom actions to streamline approvals and transactions using third-party integrations.

Page builder

Customize your UI with prebuilt panels, gauges, and widgets, to enable an all-in-one view of the data collected, and at the same time add a bit of personalization to your application.

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"It took three months to develop and deploy the OlivERP application. I developed the basic ERP application in a week or so and then added additional features in iterations. I guess this is another beauty of the platform, you can start small and keep adding new functions along the way."

Mehmet Ozkan, Proprietor, Ozelia

"It's very agile, so whenever we were in a new situation or cme across something like a new workflow element within our process, we could easily edit it ourselves in the existing application. In that sense, it's very user friendly, and you don't need to have a lot of knlowledge of technology or programming."

Laila Kakar, Lead Data Scientist, MTN

"Every business leader is looking for a solution that’ll help them get ahead and solve critical pain points, and Zoho Creator has been the most transformative solution I've encountered in my 20 years of business. It has completely revolutionized the way we think about what we do and how we do it."

Shelby Spencer​, CTO Briotix Health

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