An Introduction to No-Code Platforms


No-code software is at the forefront of a movement that allows nearly any business user to design and build applications to solve problems and increase productivity.


What is no-code software?

No-code is a prevalent feature of citizen automation development platforms. It refers to programming technologies that enable non-technical users to create and manage applications using a visual user interface (drag-and-drop) rather than writing or editing lines of code.

No-code software can simplify application development and allow business users to build applications faster, at a lower price point, and with fewer bugs than traditional code-based approaches.

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How does a no-code platform work?

“Code” is a set of instructions that a programmer converts into a machine-readable language. A no-code platform is a visual abstraction between the programmer and the instructions that allows non-technical users to design and build an application.

For example, the process of building a form may involve the following steps:

When developers create a form, they translate each order into lines of machine-readable code.
The code to create a basic form might look something like this:

A no-code citizen automation development platform — like Pipefy — displays the front-end elements, back-end procedures, and third-party integrations in graphical form, which a user can arrange and manipulate using a visual user interface. The no-code platform carries out these graphical representations of instructions as if they are written in code.

So, creating a form in Pipefy looks like this:

Is there really “no code” in a no-code application?

There actually is code in a no-code platform, but users never see it, because they use the visual user interface. The no-code platform generates and updates the code based on what the user does in the visual user interface.

Benefits of no code

Pipefy is a no-code solution that makes it simple to design and build applications, so companies can quickly launch complex, scalable, automated workflows without writing a single line of code.

Businesses gain many advantages with IT-sanctioned no-code platforms, including:

  • Employee engagement: when citizen developers can solve problems on their own, they take a greater share of ownership in their work.
  • Rapid development: no-code enables quick design, testing, and feedback to accelerate internal deployment and go-to-market processes.
  • Error-proof workflows: users can build and customize workflows from existing business apps to help ensure error-proof information flows.
  • Security: IT-sanctioned no-code tools will comply with security standards and policies, so you avoid the risks that come with shadow IT.
  • Efficiency: citizen developers can address everyday development initiatives, while IT professionals address complex issues.
  • Happy customers: customers benefit from solutions, apps, and workflows designed by users who are most familiar with a problem or challenge.

Pipefy: the best no-code BPM software

Pipefy is a modern, intuitive, no-code application that provides everything a business needs to implement effective, cost-efficient business process management. It empowers citizen developers to automate routine processes using a no-code approach. And with its robust data analytics capabilities, Pipefy helps organizations improve the processes that drive all types of business units — from HR and Finance, to Sales, Marketing, and beyond.

Pipefy’s capabilities include:

  • Easy-to-set automation rules based on triggers and actions.
  • Plug-and-play workflow templates
  • Customization of each step’s actions and required information
  • User-friendly interface
  • Native and custom integrations
  • Drag and drop form builder to collect intake data
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