If you're reading this and work in IT, you know that IT is the backbone of any organization. Without IT, there is no business.
If you're reading this and do not work in IT, your department is the backbone of your business.
In all seriousness, IT is a critical part of any modern-day business. IT is everywhere. If your IT infrastructure is a laptop with Excel or a significant network with tens of thousands of endpoints. In a lot of cases, your business is only as efficient as what your IT infrastructure can handle.
No-code tools are there to take some of that pressure off of you.
If you are an IT administrator, you probably realized that you can work a lot faster and easier with an arsenal of scripts and software performing tasks on your behalf. No-code tools are just a new weapon in your arsenal in the war against down-time.
Unlike scripts and pre-made solutions, no-code tools are a brand new beast, and it's reasonable to be skeptical. So here are 5 reasons why no-code tools will take your IT organization to the next level.
1. Speed: Solve your problems now
If you've written scripts or worked on onboarding a tool to perform a specific task in your company, you know that both take a tremendous amount of time. You can spend hours writing a script that doesn't work, tweaking it over and over again, endlessly. Most of the time, you are just reinventing the wheel, because, chances are, you are not the only one having this problem. Pre-made solutions can very easily and quickly solve problems. If you've ever tried to onboard one of those tools in an enterprise environment, you'll know that it can take months and sometimes over a year, leaving your problem unsolved in the meantime. Once you've purchased the tool, you may find yourself needing to purchase additional professional services to get it working the way you want.
No-code tools, on the other hand, are very versatile. They solve problems very well and efficiently. They combine the best of both worlds: the power of code and the user interface of a pre-made solution. With the right no-code tools by your side, you can solve all your problems in a fraction of the time. You can go from having a problem to having a robust solution in minutes.
2. Flexibility: Solve Problems Your Way
Let's be honest, we all want our problems to be solved our way, especially in IT. That's why scripting is so popular amongst Sys Admins. Pre-made solutions are only brought on board because the amount of work needed to solve the issue would be a full-time job.
With no-code, you can create a solution that fits your needs without needing to be a developer. With an easy-to-use user interface, all you need to do is put the necessary building blocks in the appropriate order. Voila, your problem is solved!
Furthermore, with no-code tools, you can adapt your solution to future problems. It tends to be as simple as copy and paste to create a new workflow, and then all it takes is to make a few changes. And when the problem no longer exists, you can just delete that workflow from your list, it's as simple as that.
3. Low Barrier to Entry: Everyone Can Do It
IT is a knowledge-based profession. A lot of what we do requires some sort of training or certification, now more than ever. Access to higher functions requires extensive knowledge and experience. This makes it hard for less experienced employees to advance, and for experts to get everything done.
No-code bridges that gap, tasks that used to require highly skilled employees with years of experience only take a few minutes of training. The vast possibilities that no-code offers mean that less experienced employees can perform more tasks once reserved for veterans. It also means that experts can perform their duties at a much higher level than before.
Furthermore, a lot of the work done by IT is driven by the business. IT work is often a bottleneck between the internal client and their desired solution. No-code allows clients to create their own workflows without IT's involvement, therefore freeing up time for more critical, time-sensitive, and skilled tasks.
4. Collaboration: Bring Visibility Across Your Organization
I have a folder on my laptop with almost a hundred scripts used to solve various problems, big and small. I probably wrote hundreds more throughout my career. Some are a few lines, some are thousands of lines. Collaborating with my coworkers and customers can sometimes prove difficult. As the developer, I write the script, then the client tests it giving me binary feedback: it works/it doesn't work.
No-code changes that way of working. As a developer, I can edit my workflow, while, at the same time, the client can take a look at it and give me feedback. No-code takes the coding out or programming, leaving only the logic. Because of the easy to use user interface, the client, who is the one coming up with the overarching logic, can be involved in the development process.
5. Cost: Solve More Problems with Fewer Tools
Whether it is in man-hours or pricetag, bringing new solutions into the enterprise environment is expensive. It's even worse when solutions are under-utilized.
No-code tools may potentially have high price tags, but unlike custom and pre-made solutions, they are very versatile. They allow the creation of custom solutions at a fraction of the time and cost of in-house development. They also enable organizations to solve more varied problems than pre-made solutions can.
Furthermore, as mentioned above, the high accessibility of those tools make them ideal for more junior employees, further reducing the overall cost of the solution. With the limited need for training on no-code platforms, your training budget can be better spent on other, more essential education.
Overall no-code platforms are a great way to boost your IT organization's performance. They give you the solutions you need, when you need them, and how you want them. They are a great addition to your IT department. They are the ideal employee: they never sleep or take breaks, and they require minimal training.