No-code applications are rapidly making their mark in the world of software development. But many businesses are still hesitant to use them for large-scale deployments. The usual concerns are regarding the scalability and security of these platforms, which makes CIOs afraid of using them. In this blog, we will discuss why no-code applications are perfectly suited for enterprise-level deployment.
What Are Enterprise-Level Applications?
A suite of software applications that can be used by companies for their core functions such as marketing, sales, customer service, etc. is usually termed an enterprise system. These applications need to interface with each other to ensure a harmonious experience for the business. Enterprise-level applications serve hundreds or maybe even thousands of employees in their day-to-day work.
Key Challenges of Enterprise Applications
While most software systems have their own set of problems, there are certain issues that are of foremost importance when it comes to enterprise applications. These are security, scalability, and adoption.
Let us shed some light on these three issues:
One of the biggest challenges for enterprises today is how to protect their data and logic from competitors. Any leakage can lead to losses worth millions of dollars.
Implementing security in an enterprise revolves around identity and access management. These modules ensure that
- The right people have access to the data and tools they need
- No one apart from them can access these things.
Implementing the logic for replicating complex organizational hierarchies effectively in a software system, as well as ensuring zero data leakage, is the benchmark of a secure enterprise system.
To securely manage data across roles, the application needs to have SSO integration. In recent years, 2FA and other similar verification techniques have also become very important for securely managing access.
Enterprises need to react quickly to market dynamics. Hence, any enterprise-level application implemented across functions needs to be able to absorb sudden changes in both the user base and customer base of the system.
Moreover, system implementation needs to be modular and easy so that development can be done at a sufficient pace to match business needs.
Lastly, in today’s world, all enterprise applications have to interface with external systems. Therefore, the system needs to have robust API capabilities and preferably be built on a platform that supports multiple APIs.
Adoption by business users is the bane of most enterprise software. Almost no one likes change, so whenever a new system is put in place, there is always initial resistance from teams that prefer the “old way of working.”
The system needs to be robust enough to accommodate all user needs so that adoption happens naturally and does not need to be forced upon the users.
It should also have an easy-to-use and simple interface so that training users does not become a major issue. This ensures that the users are able to adapt quickly and do not end up causing business losses during the initial deployment.
Why No-Code is Perfectly Suited For These Challenges
Let us look at why no-code platforms are not only capable but, in fact, well-suited for building enterprise-grade systems.
No code systems are platform based, so much of the security concern is shifted to the vendor that provides the platform rather than the customer. This means that a well-drafted agreement with pertinent security clauses is enough incentive for them to ensure compliance with all necessary security measures and implement the required protocols.
Moreover, it is fairly easy to conduct an external audit of the security protocols of your no-code vendor. Lastly, no code systems are relatively new in the world of software development. They are designed based on the latest security paradigms and are more suited to a cloud-based environment than traditional software platforms.
This is one area where no code shines like another. No-code platforms ensure scalability at every stage of application development.
At the design stage, their drag-and-drop functionality and GUI-based development process make it very easy for developers to create mockups and prototypes. It ensures that users are clear about what is being designed and can even get a feel for how it will work before the actual application is built. This makes designing and building new applications much quicker and more effective.
It also means that programmers understand the expectations of the business team and design the software to carry the desired workload.
At the development stage, having fewer lines of code to write and easy-to-use, pre-built routines helps the developer create scalable and robust applications quicker. They are also able to build the suite in silos and then integrate the pieces because of the tremendously modular design with no code.
Again, most no code platforms offer a robust suite of API integrations, which makes it very easy for the platform to integrate with external applications, making it more scalable than traditional enterprise software.
As user feedback is incorporated during the design stage itself, applications built on no-code are very user-friendly and cover more requirements. This makes their adoption a natural process and reduces a major change management headache for IT teams.
Again, no-code applications are mostly cloud-native and web/mobile first. This is another reason why their adoption is much easier – they meet the user exactly where the user is, which is on their phones rather than their laptops.
Enterprise software has come a long way from the monolithic approach that was once followed.
In today’s world, businesses need applications that can be deployed at lightning speed, work perfectly with the external world, and are still secure enough to keep their information and business logic safe from competitors.
As we discussed, no-code is perfectly suited to meet all of these objectives. Businesses can greatly benefit from the power and flexibility that they provide.