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Software Platforms of No-Code Wave – Don’t Get Left Behind

It’s time to stop teaching yourself how to code–and start building your business.

I started a profitable business using only no-code tools & platforms. You can too. But whether or not anyone can scale a business on a no-code foundation isn’t the point of no-code. There’s another, broader movement going on that everyone should be aware of.

No-code tools aren’t just for building cute apps. They’re becoming essential in scaling companies of all types and sizes, in every industry, no matter how much or how little of a role technology plays in your offering.

If you don’t want to get left behind on the innovation and competition front, it’s time to start paying attention.

No-code isn’t a trend.

I’ve got a long and winding past in technology and startups. I can point back to three examples of similar waves marked by the same skepticism and pushback.

* Mobile-first software development

In 2007, the pushback was that the mobile device didn’t have the processing power or the user interface to replace the laptop, let alone the desktop. Today, with a universal business evolution to software as a service (SaaS) and the mainstream adoption of mobile UX, “mobile-first” is now “mobile-or-die.”

* Artificial Intelligence and machine learning

In 2010, the skeptics were pushing a straw man argument about whether computers would ever be able to replace a human. Today, like it or not, A.I. and machine learning make it possible for computers to decide what we read and watch (Facebook and Netflix), drive us around (Waymo), protect our homes (Ring) and bank accounts (all of them), and otherwise enter almost every aspect of our daily lives.

* Bitcoin

We’re still debating the “realness” of digital currency. Is bitcoin worth what it is worth? Are non-fungible tokens (NFTs) anything more than just an epic nerdy scam? What can’t be debated is the number of major financial institutions – and in some cases, national governments – opting into digital currencies.

So, as we argue over whether or not no-code can be used to build an app like Twitter or Uber, what gets lost is the fact that no-code has value right now, for every business, and the divide between those companies that adopt and those that don’t is growing wider every day.

* No-code isn’t a new concept 

Probably the most significant misunderstanding about no-code is that it exists as many Lego-style blocks that can be stuck together to accomplish the same niche coding tasks. While this is a good starter view of no-code, it’s an incorrect view.

No-code is just packaged code. Think of no-code tools not as Lego blocks but as boxes. Inside a no-code box is a box with lower-level code, maybe an elegant and flexible set of application programmer interfaces (APIs).

If you use that no-code box, you don’t have to know what an API is or how to make one; you just have to know what an API does. And, if built right, the no-code box makes knowing what it does simple to understand.

But what the heck is an API, if not just another box? Inside that box are the commands needed for one application to talk to other applications. And guess what? Inside that box are more boxes. It’s like a set of Russian nesting dolls, with that one little tiny doll at the end pushing all the ones and zeros of what the most hardcore programmers call “code.”

My first startup was a technical consulting firm that pivoted to selling our most reused code snippets to other specialized consulting firms. That was in the 1990s. And we weren’t inventing fire there. The concept of packaging code has been in place since roughly a little after the invention of code.

No-code is stackable, fast, and mature.

No-code isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. No-code platforms can be used with no-code tools, and even no-code concepts, in harmony with actual code, real code platforms, fundamental code tools, and even real coders. The result is the ability to test new logic and flow, allowing developers to extend existing software or even create new software to solve existing or new problems without a significant upfront time and money outlay.

No-code is fast. In today’s world of two-week release periods, no-code tools can speed development and knock out many questions and variables associated with any new product. This creates an apparent time-to-market advantage, whether the project is a brand-new application or just a recent track sale.

No-code is mature. Forget about time-to-market; no-code is mature enough to take to market. Any severe developer wouldn’t have put too much confidence in that proposition as recently as a couple of years ago, but now it’s a fact. The sole remaining gating factor of no-code today is how much processing it can handle. But one only has to look at the expandable nature of the cloud and players like the AWS cloud platform to understand that it’s a solvable problem.

That’s why developers have started building projects, products, and entire companies with no code. It’s why smart business people with a technical orientation are running with no-code tools and platforms. And it’s why industrious entrepreneurs aren’t spending months and years trying to learn Java but are getting started building and releasing it today.

Don’t get stuck on straw man arguments and skepticism. Start picking up what no-code is offering today, and you’ll be building tomorrow.

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