How no-code development drives innovation in business and empowers users

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Why are no-code development platforms emerging?

There is a rising demand for generating more software in today’s business world , but a limited number of skilled people who can create software. No-code platforms are emerging because they’re much easier to learn compared to coding.

No-code development concept has positively changed how organisations conduct business operations.

Simply, by helping them to transition to an agile development strategy.

If you are in IT department or the person who is responsible for digital strategies within your organisation, you know how hard it can be dealing with many requests from business. Or, how long it can take to deploy a simple software to meet internal or customer requirements.

There is absolutely an easier and agile way to manage these requests.

First and foremost, the ability to create business apps using no-code digital process automation tools allows you to automate laborious and repetitive tasks. 

However, there is a distinctive difference that determines whether your business can create business apps in-house. That is, depending on the software that you choose. 

What are no-code development platforms?

codingLet’s have a look what we mean when we say no-code development platform.

No-code development platforms are applications that allow citizen developers to easily create business apps, without coding. 

Citizen developer term is a growing trend in the IT world. It describes employees within an organisation who create new business applications by using development environments, no-code or low code technology platforms without being limited to programming knowledge.

Meaning with no-code platforms, users with or without programming knowledge can create applications through drag and drop style graphical user interfaces. 

The idea of using application development platforms that are no-code, most of the times focuses on the ability to bypass the IT department. In doing so, companies don’t suffer with constraints such as time, money and other scarce resources such as software developers. 

However IT departments can also benefit hugely with the use of no-code or low-code solutions. Mainly to help them deliver solutions faster and maintain them internally with an agile manner.

Traditionally, if a company wanted to carry out software development they would need to outsource or hire a software developer. Therefore, this incurs additional costs and time for production.

As companies continue to deal with an increasingly mobile workforce, low-code and no-code development platforms are on the rise.

Simply because, codeless tools provide access to app development whether you are an IT Professional, or a Human Resource Manager.

So what is the difference between low-code and no-code development?

The terms kind of speak for themselves. 

Low-code development is building apps that involve a certain amount of coding. In particular, it requires users to have a minimum level of experience in order to create their desired applications.

And of course, the better the coding knowledge, the better the outcome. 

Due to this, it is more expensive to implement low-code. In short, it speeds up the development and deployment stage but it still requires additional costs to hire a programmer to build the app or to outsource.  

No-code development is building apps without writing a single line of code.  Using a no-code workflow software enables app development, even without knowledge of coding language.

No-code platforms are specifically built so that the coding behind the scenes is left to the software developing experts.

So basically, you are building with code but the code is just hidden. And this is simply to make the app-creation process easy for end-users.

As a result, business users can quickly design, build and fast deploy digital solutions. Using no-code platforms is much more flexible and suitable for citizen developers or power users.

In addition, it is less expensive compared to low-code platforms to build solutions fast and maintain them in-house in the long run.


What are the benefits to using no-code development platforms?

Fast building and deployment

Building applications from scratch requires a significant amount of coding. With no-code solutions such as a digital process automation platform, you can swiftly develop business apps by avoiding the programming phase. In addition, execution of business processes is rapid and smooth, allowing tasks to be completed efficiently. 

Major cost savings

Creating a digital business app requires a technical expert who can do so. And, this instantly raises operational costs and wages.

No-code development enable organisations to avoid these costs by simply putting non-technical users into the driving seat of automation.

In other words, employees from HR and Finance to Marketing and Sales can easily deploy tailored digital solutions. 

Productivity increases

App development is time-consuming. With no-code, IT teams can skip these stages and quickly create rich business apps.

As a result, IT departments save a large quantity of time, that usually would have been spent in developing. Because of this, they can essentially invest this time into other aspects of the business and bring innovation to the business.

On another note, this also allows IT and other departments such as HR or Finance, to deploy rapid solutions. Simply, employee productivity increases due to the acceleration in business operations from using a no-code platform. 

No-code development is dynamic and flexible 

No-code development can conveniently tailor to your business’ unique needs.

In other words, users can readily build business apps based on the organisation’s specific desires, without limitations.

So, if you want to include a specific question in an online form, or send a notification to certain user based on an answer given to a question, you can certainly and freely do so.

It is particularly designed in a way that provides business users with flexibility. And, this is so that process can be altered based on internal changes. 

Agility

As previously stated, no-code digital solutions are dynamic and flexible. Because of this, organisations can react fast and implement changes effectively and efficiently. Being agile is considerably important, especially in a highly competitive industry.

Therefore, the ability to adapt to shifting market conditions can essentially provide competitive advantage. As a result, your business can stay in-line or ahead of competitors. 


Kianda NO-CODE Platform

Kianda is a no-code digital process automation and application delivery platform that helps companies streamline every business process while eliminating inefficiencies and reducing development costs.

Derya SousaRecently, NoCode Journal – a digital magazine dedicated to cover the latest NoCode news – featured Kianda platform and our COO, Derya Sousa among other female leaders with emphasis on her role in the no-code market. 

Kianda no-code platform is helping companies across the globe to rapidly and successfully build tailored business apps. Simply, no-code development with Kianda brings agility to organisations and accelerates digital innovation. 

“Kianda provides a cloud-based Enterprise Process Automation Platform for organisations to transform business tasks automate digital forms, workflows, and dashboards”.

(NoCode Journal, 2020)

Read here


Why you should choose no-code development to build business apps

No-code platforms such as Kianda allow you to implement fast digital solutions. Moreover, non-technical staff can create and maintain digital business applications. Therefore, you don’t need to allocate extra costs for a software developer.

In addition, business won’t be left waiting around for long periods of time for apps to be developed.

What previously took months or possibly years to build, can be done in days or as little as hours.

That is, with no-code solutions.

 


Lead IT Business Analyst from Mercury Engineering highlights how easy it is to use Kianda Platform

Construction company, Mercury have been using Kianda to optimise their processes from project management to human resources. They have been successfully enhancing compliance and bringing agility to their business. 

Fiona McCabe, Lead IT Business Analyst highlights how easy business processes have become using Kianda. 

“Prior to Kianda, if someone had a problem, they would try to explain to me what it was, I took as much information as I could. And then, I rang the software experts to get them involved.

But now with Kianda, I’m having a 30 second conversation with someone in the corridor, able to ask some key questions. And, I’m walking away from that conversation, knowing whether or not I can fix this myself.

Fiona McCabe, Lead IT Business Analyst

Mercury Engineering have successfully retained significant amounts of time by using Kianda to deploy digital business processes. 

With Kianda, they can now iron out most of the requirements and changes internally, reducing expenses. And as a result of fast resolutions, productivity scales up, increasing efficiency of their processes. 


Key Features of Kianda NO-CODE platform

Unlimited forms and workflows

Organisations can swiftly build any amount of forms or workflows using Kianda. Therefore, you don’t need to prioritise processes simply because there are only a certain amount of forms available.

You have unlimited forms and workflows to play around with, allowing you to transform business processes without limitations.

Mobile-friendly forms

Kianda is built as a Progressive Web Application. It is available in any device.

Mobility and flexibility allow teams who work in remote areas to successfully carry out business processes. Simply, Kianda allows you to access data and submit forms, even when you are offline. And, you can do this at anytime, anywhere.

Application template store

To help you get started, our app store provides 20+ pre-built forms. From this, you can easily implement any of these templates. In addition, they can provide insight into look and feel and layouts. 

This will then guide you when creating your own forms and workflows. 

Custom reporting dashboards

Kianda provides easy-to-use custom dashboards for data analytics and reporting. Users can swiftly build dashboards with exquisitely designed layouts, charts, lists and more widgets. 

Built-in detailed analytics makes visualisation of performance a breeze. 

Seamless data integration

Readily integrate workflows with ERP, CRM and IT systems on-premise or in cloud to efficiently share data throughout your company. 

Easy to connect APIs provide seamless single step connections to data sources such as SAP, SharePoint, O365,  SalesForce, Oracle, DropBox, Web Services and many more. 

no-code process automation platform Kianda


Typical business processes to rapidly digitise:

HR – Employee onboarding, Leave requests, Employee appraisals, Expense request, Timesheet management

Quality and Health and Safety – Incident reporting, Inspection checklist, Corrective action plan

Project Management – Project approvals, Document generation, Contract management

IT – Ticketing, Change request management, Asset management

Finance – Purchase order management, Capital approvals


To discover how no-code process automation platform Kianda can help you, request your live demo!

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According to Forrester report 22% of companies haven’t begun their digital transformation. Are you one of them?

Osvaldo Sousa - Kianda Technologies
Osvaldo Sousa – Kianda Technologies

A recent Forrester report shows that 22% of companies haven’t begun their Digital Transformation journey.

These organisations still use traditional methods to meet their business goals. As a result, they face many challenges and they get average results in their operations.

If you are one of them, not to worry. There are small, simple steps you can take to start your journey.

Organisations who realise the importance of digital business have started to embrace digital transformation. They’ve invested in business technologies that create value for customers and transform their businesses. For instance, they take different approaches to accomplish their goals.

Some struggle and some succeed during their journey… However, there are two important things I can’t highlight enough from my years of experience. These are:

1) Success ratio is a lot higher when companies start their digital journey with SMALL STEPS

2) It will be a waste of time and money if people don’t EMBRACE THE CHANGE

New technologies that are agile, easy to use and that can adapt to companies changing needs are ones to look for. So, I’m going to talk about digital process automation technologies. This is one of the core concepts of Digital Transformation.

But what is digital process automation? Why are we so interested in this?

Well, to find that out all the ins and outs of it, let’s start with the basic concept of it.

What is Digital Process Automation?

In easy words, Digital Process Automation is transforming a business process into its optimised digital version.

As an example, take a simple approval process.  Perhaps you use papers in folders that are kept on shelves to handle this. Or maybe, you do manual entries into excel spreadsheets when someone approves via email.

On the other hand, there is the digital version of this. To be more clear, a business application, which is made of online forms where users can interact and consult information from anywhere. The approval flow happens in one single place and is managed via end-to-end automation with reminder notifications and reporting dashboards.

The difference between two versions of the same process is that the digital one brings efficiency and most importantly, consistency. It gives easy insights to the data and eliminates the errors. Overall, it provides better user experience.

One of the digital transformation initiatives that digital process automation covers is solving existing business challenges. In addition, integration into company processes and transitioning from a non-digital business into a digital one.

In other words, this is an evolution of business process management (BPM). While managing business processes, integrated automation can optimise and digitalise processes from start to end.

Digital process automation solutions generally provide software platforms under the concept of integrated automation.  Not only does it focus on Technology, but also People and Process.

Workflow management
Process management

Most employees waste a lot of time searching for data. Sometimes they have to  consult multiple systems to answer a simple query. They are not given options other than using emails to manage basic customer queries.

All of these can cause bad reputation, data loss and long resolution times. As a result, this drags productivity down and companies miss out on valuable business opportunities.

Digital process automation helps companies to transition into a Digital Workplace. Consequently, teams can collaborate in a single place. It centralises the data for internal and external processes. As well as that, it frees employees’ time to do more valuable work by removing repetitive, boring tasks.

Some of you might be concerned about the investment you have already done for your IT systems until now. However, you don’t have to give up everything you have invested in to start improving things.

There are ways to make legacy technology easily adaptable to the coming changes. Most new technologies can integrate to your IT systems allowing you to syncronise existing users and data.

In addition, there are low-code and no-code platforms that you can opt for. They are here to lower the costs and enable faster application delivery.

Low-code or no-code concept is not only considered for cost reduction. It is for empowering users and accelerating digital transformation journey.

What are the core features of Digital Process Automation?

In today’s digital world, customers are forcing businesses to become more mobile and agile. Businesses must experiment new technologies to meet consumer demand and stay ahead of competition. With these trends, the following factors have become central features of digital businesses:

– Restructuring process workflows

– Automating and streamlining existing business processes

– Focus on data-driven processes

– Focus on the customer experience

Where to use Digital Process Automation?

This is something that I have been asked many times. Where can I use a process automation technology?

Well, you can use it in several places. For example, delivering business applications that require interaction of people, systems and processes.

Examples of digital business processes are:

HR processes to manage onboarding, appraisals, holiday approvals, employee requests;

IT processes such as helpdesk tickets, asset requests, change management;

Quality processes for incident management, corrective action plans, inspections, document generation;

Finance processes such as budget approvals, project approvals and so on…

The important thing is to define one area that needs your immediate attention, due to the challenges you might be facing.

Start with that to experiment new technologies… Map out how it is currently done and how you want it to improve.

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Source: Forrester’s Q1 2018 Digital Process Automation Survey

According to a Forrester survey, cost reductions and improving productivity are two main reasons for process advancement.

Process development platforms require outsourcing of developers for those without technical knowledge. Therefore, it is important to note the numerous benefits a user-friendly platform has in comparison. For instance, process development platforms are more suitable for non-technical users. Therefore, making it accessible for everyone.

They can help you reduce costs significantly by delivering fast applications. Also engaging your team and keeping knowledge in-house to maintain your business applications will help improve workforce productivity.

It is also worth telling that digital business can always help grow a business.

The marketplace is constantly evolving and the competition is getting harder and harder. Many businesses cannot expand simply because they lack digital initiatives.

If you haven’t started your digital transformation journey yet or have started it but aren’t satisfied, it is time to start looking at new technologies to help you boost your business.

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AUTHOR: Osvaldo Sousa CEO of Kianda Technologies
Digital business process expert  & No-code Platform Innovator

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