Those of us who’ve taken a trip to the operating theatre know the rigour and complexity associated with ‘going under’. Even relatively small and routine operations involve teams of highly skilled people whose job it is to ensure that we emerge safe and (hopefully) pain-free.
Operations are expensive and time-consuming but necessarily so; all the other options have been tried out – there is no “magic pill.”
We can apply the same analogy to the software world. Frequently, organisations are forced to undertake highly complex and expensive operations to make changes to their infrastructure. In the same way, they have to “open up the body” (source code), and involve highly skilled teams (software developers) in order to make necessary updates and upgrades.
But what if there WAS a magic pill? What if there was a way of making these changes without the cost and complexity of “opening up the body?”
Enter zero code development
A new wave of software development – zero code – is changing the way businesses operate (literally). Now, citizens like you and I can take the place of the men in white coats, and make simple changes to the beating heart of our business operations without having to spend years learning programmer’s code.
Fast and pain-free!
How does zero code work? It’s quite simple. Building blocks (components) form the body of the application. Each component can be accessed by administrators via a simple login. Once inside, we are not confronted with lines and lines of code. Instead, we have user-friendly elements: tick boxes, drop downs, wizards. The result – all those simple changes that would otherwise require hand-coding can now be updated quickly and easily. Changes are made, updates saved, you’re ready to go. Fast and pain-free!
Without zero code development, you’d still have to access source code to carry out the simplest of operations (adding a spell check to a record, updating standard wording within a policy). And that’s not only painful for the IT team (whose time and skill would be better spent), it’s detrimental to your processes since they have to be put on hold while the operation is completed.
Of course, some infrastructure requirements are sufficiently complex that they fall outside the remit of what is achievable through zero code. And that’s what your “Doctors of IT” are for. But for the rest of your processes – policy and portfolio management, complaints handling, product returns for example – these can be maintained by the likes of you and I. Saving time, money and complexity and ensuring business processes continue to flow.