If you’re developing a minor application for internal use, or bootstrapping your small outward-facing app, chances are that the costs and timelines quoted by full-stack developers seem prohibitively high.
Trained and experienced developers, and full-service development agencies, are essential for developing complex applications. Their expertise, however, is an overkill for minor tech projects that may not bring monetary returns to the client. No one can wait months to develop a small app – and it’s both unnecessary and unreasonable to expect full-stack developers to work on such small projects and perform the same daily routine tasks, like daily scrums.
Develop apps without coding knowledge
No-code app builders, such as Bubble or Saltcorn, help to build apps instantly without any prior coding knowledge. They work with WISIWYG interfaces and drag-and-drop builders where desired elements are selected for the application. This works well for both UI/UX and backend.
While the no-code app builders claim to work well for applications at any level of complexity, in practice, they are most effective for simple apps that need to go live as soon as possible.
For example, departmental teams in many organizations maintain their daily work status reports in shared documents such as Google spreadsheets or Excel sheets shared on Dropbox. However, these are vulnerable to improper data modifications and may also become difficult to open as the file size increases.
A functionally simple internal application which allows all team members to access a common data entry module and stores multiple records to a common database can be developed efficiently using a no-code app builder. Indeed, no-code app builders help create apps instantly for such well-known tasks, and can create slightly more complex apps within a week’s time – without depending on coders, an expensive technical resource.
Some no-code app builders (such as Saltcorn) are open source and self-hosted, so enterprises can run these apps on their own servers. Some (such as Bubble) are not open-source nor self-hosted, so are not vendor lock-free. CloudNow helps to provide a server for self-hosting no-code apps and also helps to customize them as needed.
Do reach out to our team at CloudNow if your no-code development project is becoming more complicated than you expected, or if your next project needs technical support and coding expertise. We’d love to support you on your digital transformation journey!