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In the Media: Unqork's No-Code Potential Featured in Forbes

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Forbes contributor Tom Davenport writes about ‘A New Era of Enterprise Systems With Unqork’. He discusses previous assumptions about no-code and the use cases unveiled at Unqork Create.

“When I first began to observe and write about the low code/no code (LC/NC) phenomenon, I assumed it was yet another example of the democratization of IT expertise,” Tom Davenport admits in the opening of his Forbes CIO Network article. “It seemed to empower ‘citizen developers’ with little or no programming expertise.”

Unqork Create logoAnd then he learned about Unqork. After interviewing some executives and Unqork customers and attending their inaugural conference Unqork Create, he realized it was more nuanced than that. 

Sure, no-code application building platforms can absolutely tap into the potential of citizen developers on the business side with a “technical bent,” as Tom puts it. After all, these are the people who speak with the customers and know their needs, making it beneficial for them to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with engineers and developers to create the application.

Unqork’s no-code platform, however, is built for the enterprise and is best put in the hands of technical professionals—your engineers, developers, and programmers who previously relied on code to build solutions.

This true collaboration between business and tech teams was discovered by Tom at Unqork Create, noting several presentations he watched from companies across government, insurance, financial services, and healthcare—all leveraging no-code in their own unique way. Below are two examples of the use cases he saw for no-code. Go to Forbes’ website to read the full article. 

“Some features, such as quote comparison, were developed in days."

Marsh, the world’s largest insurance broker, developed a new digital platform for insurance placement and policy management for its brokers. “Some features, such as quote comparison, were developed in days. Marsh views Unqork as a tool for developing proof-of-concept offerings, and then for allowing its different global units to modify the systems and then deploy them. They are reusing solutions with a drag-and-drop approach, allowing for a flexible user-driven experience.” 

Watch Louis Piliego, COO of Marsh, talk about their partnership with Unqork.

VRTL Space is a small, Native American-owned business that uses their DevSecOps capabilities and tools to help US government agencies move data and applications to the cloud. A primary focus is helping agencies accelerate their Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorizations. VRTL Space’s technical employees are DevOps engineers, not programmers. By investing in Unqork, Tom explains, they avoided having to hire several developers.

“Brian Jordan estimated that the Unqork product saved the company several hundred thousand dollars over the most likely alternative low-code platforms."

Tom spoke to VRTL Space CEO Brian Jordan. “Brian Jordan estimated that the Unqork product saved the company several hundred thousand dollars over the most likely alternative low-code platforms. Not only was its purchase price much lower, it had included features that other vendors charged much extra for. Data encryption in transit and at rest, for example, was an expensive option from some other vendors, but is included in Unqork’s base offering.”

After only two weeks of training, the DevOps engineers were building pages and modules. Two weeks later, they had a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) that could be shown to prospective clients. 

“It’s clear that Unqork is ushering in a new era of enterprise application development and deployment,” Tom concludes. “Many businesspeople now have at least some technical orientation, and they are being empowered by these new tools to develop truly mission-critical applications.”