No-code 101

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.

No-code 101

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.

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.

Automate your business processes with a no-code solution.

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:

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Employee engagement

When citizen developers can solve problems on their own, they take a greater share of ownership in their work.

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Rapid development

No-code enables quick design, testing, and feedback to accelerate internal deployment and go-to-market processes.

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Error-proof workflows

Users can build and customize workflows from existing business apps to help ensure error-proof information flows.

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Security

IT-sanctioned no-code tools will comply with security standards and policies, so you avoid the risks that come with shadow IT.

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Efficiency

Citizen developers can address everyday development initiatives, while IT professionals address complex issues.

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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:

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Easy-to-set automation rules based on triggers and actions.

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Plug-and-play workflow templates

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Customization of each step’s actions and required information

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User-friendly interface

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Native and custom integrations

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Drag and drop form builder to collect intake data

See for yourself how the Pipefy no-code
platform enables modern BPM