No-Code 101

No-Code Myths and Misconceptions

Whenever a new paradigm is introduced, confusion follows (usually residual hang-ups from the old ways of doing things). Here are nine of the most common myths and misconceptions we encounter about no-code, along with the corresponding reality of the technology.

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Myth #1: No-code is for simple use-cases only.

Reality: While consumer-focused no-code platforms have been around for decades (remember WYSIWYG web builders from the 90s?), Unqork is leading a new class of enterprise-grade no-code platforms.

These next-gen platforms are purpose-built for the development of complex software in heavily regulated industries such as financial services, insurance, healthcare, and government. 

Leading organizations around the world are using Unqork to address a number of complex challenges from life insurance origination to risk management to virtual marriage licenses.

Myth #2: No-code isn’t for developers.

Reality: Developers benefit from no-code more than anyone else! No-code platforms automate high-volume (but not necessarily high-value) development tasks and cascade any updates throughout an application. 

No-code has been shown to amplify the abilities of experienced developers to build 3x faster than using a traditional code/low-code-based approach (while subsequently resulting in 600x fewer defects). This means engineers can focus their experience on building value-additive software.

Myth #3: No-code creates shadow IT.

Reality: While no-code empowers business users (i.e., non-tech users) to take part in the development process, Unqork provides administrators with a suite of centralized controls such as robust RBAC, release management, and other SDLC tools, which prohibit the creation of unsanctioned software.

Myth #4: No-code is limiting and can't be extended.

Reality: Users build software by drag-and-dropping reusable components from our vast (and growing) library of reusable modules representing business rules, user-facing elements, integrations, calculations, and more. 

Components can be easily combined to build new functionality which can be reused again and again throughout an organization’s digital infrastructure. Users can rapidly replicate workflows and functionality in Unqork.

Myth #5: No-code is only good for greenfield apps.

Reality: No-code allows organizations to take a modular approach to innovation—replace what you have to, keep what you want. With no-code, you can build upon, unify, or deprecate legacy systems via API, SFTP integrations, and batch import/export components.

Myth #6: There aren’t enough developers anyway.

Reality: By amplifying developer productivity, Unqork provides the necessary bandwidth to address accelerating demand. Furthermore, while modern programming languages take months to learn and years to master, Unqork’s intuitive interface can be picked up in a matter of weeks. As a result, less-experienced coders can use Unqork to handle more complex development tasks.

Myth #7: No such thing as no-code, must be code somewhere.

Reality: While there is indeed code on the platform’s backend, there’s never any coding. Application functionality is created by the configuration of visual components, which the platform translates into code that machines can understand. By completely removing the need to write or edit code, Unqork accelerates delivery and opens the development process to more users.

Myth #8: No-code can't be used for legacy transformation.

Reality: You can integrate or deprecate large, complex, and rigid legacy systems with no-code—without scripting or code. Many of our banking customers, for example, use our platform to push-and-pull data to/from legacy systems into custom client portals & operations dashboards built using Unqork.

Myth #9: No-code can't be used for everything.

Reality: Sure, there are some use-cases you wouldn’t use no-code to address, such as high-frequency trading algorithms or controls on a space shuttle. But just about everything else you can imagine is possible. Beyond our library of pre-built components, customers can easily leverage cutting-edge third-party functionality from our growing list of technology partners via the new Unqork Marketplace. If you can imagine it, you can probably build it using no-code.

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