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Unqork’s Enterprise No-Code Platform Reduces Bugs by More Than 600x

Not only does Unqork’s no-code platform accelerate the development of enterprise solutions compared to a traditional code-based approach, but the applications built using our platform are inherently more stable and of a higher quality—and we have the numbers to back it up.

Last year, Unqork’s enterprise no-code platform produced the equivalent of 80M+ lines of code (LOCs) based on a function point analysis of all our applications converted to LOCs. An analysis of this data leads to an interesting conclusion: Unqork-built applications are decidedly less buggy and more reliable than those built using a traditional code-based approach. 

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The typical hand-coded solution comes with around 13 issues or bugs per 1,000 lines of code (KLOCs)*. However, a recent analysis of 2,500 deployments across 180 Unqork-built applications found only .02/KLOC. This number includes a broad spectrum of bugs from arithmetic (i.e., math errors, such as dividing by 0) to misconfiguration (in regards to components, APIs, and plugins, etc.) to logic errors (i.e., when programs are told to do the wrong thing by programmers). Taken together, that’s an improvement of more than 600x. 

Unqork-built applications are decidedly less buggy and more reliable than those built using a traditional code-based approach. 

Reducing bugs leads to substantial financial benefits. Studies have found that programmers spend up to 75% of their time locating and squashing bugs, costing businesses $113 billion in the US alone. Imagine how much more businesses could accomplish by diverting their IT resources to building new solutions rather than addressing problems with existing ones. 

Furthermore, we observed 99.9% platform uptime availability in 2020, with only 12.2 hours of downtime. There were only 6 platform-related “high-severity incidents'' over the entire year—and in the last quarter of the year, there were none. That places Unqork squarely among the industry vanguard in regards to performance and reliability. Once again, this can have substantial financial implications as some estimates put the average cost of downtime at $5,600/minute. However, the real cost could be much more depending on the industry, organization, and manner of disruption.

Code Is the Problem, No-Code Is the Solution

When using Unqork, developers (or “Creators” as we refer to them) build solutions configuring elements within an entirely visual drag-and-drop interface. Creators never write a single line of code, nor do they ever even encounter an editable codebase. As it turns out, separating application logic from its technological underpinnings doesn’t only simplify and democratize enterprise development, it improves it. 

While low-code tools may help reduce errors, low-code still relies on code and thus doesn’t eliminate any of its vulnerabilities. No-code is an entirely new paradigm that sidesteps the challenges of code altogether. 

Our platform comes “out-of-the-box” (or out-of-the-virtual-SaaS-box) with all the configurable toolsets and industry-specific elements necessary to build and manage a robust application (e.g., front-end UX, workflow, rules engine, analytics, integrations, and maintenance). Since they’re all components of the same unified platform, everything works together in instant harmony. 

Separating application logic from its technological underpinnings doesn’t only simplify and democratize enterprise development, it improves it. 

When a new element is created for the Unqork platform (e.g., connecting to a third-party API), the feature is tested and reworked until it reaches our standards of quality before becoming part of the platform. Moving forward, Creators can apply the feature repeatedly without any fear of creating new bugs. 

The platform’s stability is maintained by a state-of-the-art QA function that combines a global human workforce with advanced automation. This framework ensures Unqork-built applications always perform exactly as they should, even as workflows, workforces, and application components evolve over time. Furthermore, as we identify common logic-, misconfiguration-, or other Creator-made bugs, we can proactively integrate guardrails into the UI to mitigate issues even further.

Unqork’s ability to accelerate the development of robust enterprise applications is well documented. Many people assume (wrongly) that some degree of quality must be sacrificed in exchange for hastening the speed-to-market. This misguided assumption is understandable as these were the considerations technology leaders had to weigh in the previous technological era. With no-code, however, no trade-off is necessary. As we’ve demonstrated, Unqork doesn’t only match the quality of a traditional code-based approach; it eviscerates them. 

Want to learn more about how Unqork can help your organization? Click here to schedule a personalized demonstration with one of our in-house experts. 

* Using Commercial product code, the benchmark is ~13 bugs per KLOC

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