Too often, life sciences organizations have lagged behind other sectors when it comes to digital transformation. Even before COVID-19 prompted an unprecedented rush for new vaccines and treatments, it was clear that crucial processes involving everything from clinical trial startup to provider services were technologically outmoded. With the world depending on the sector to forge a way “back to normal,” the time is now to implement some long-overdue technical and process upgrades.
Going digital, however, is no easy undertaking—particularly in complex and highly regulated sectors such as life sciences. Custom enterprise-grade software requires digitizing analog processes, upgrading and integrating legacy systems, implementing air-tight privacy controls, complying with an evolving patchwork of regulatory demands, and competing for scarce tech talent. Factoring all these challenges together, it’s little wonder that enterprise development (regardless of industry) is such a painfully inefficient affair, with 85% of projects going over schedule and 70% of large-scale digital projects failing to even reach their stated goals.
This is why leading companies are increasingly embracing no-code. This new class of cloud-based development platforms eliminates traditional friction points and accelerates the building of scalable, sophisticated solutions.
No-code offers a number of inherent advantages over other development approaches. For one, no-code platforms come “out-of-the-box” (or, out of the virtual SaaS box) with all the toolsets and industry-specific elements necessary to build and manage a robust application (e.g., front end UX, workflow, rules engine, analytics, visualizations, integrations, and maintenance). Since they’re all components of the same unified platform, everything works together in instant harmony. By streamlining development, organizations are able to focus their resources on addressing business challenges and enacting long-term strategies.
Also, by eliminating the need to write code from the building process, no-code expands the scope of who is doing the development. In a no-code platform, users (or “Creators,” as we refer to them at Unqork) build applications by dragging and dropping configurable elements representing user-facing elements, back-end application logic, and integrations with third-party services. While modern programming languages (Java, Python, etc.) can take a year to learn and a decade to master, no-code can usually be mastered in just three weeks. With no-code, business and science leaders can take a direct role in the development process, which can increase collaboration.
The Takeaway: No-code empowers organizations to readily explore and expand digital opportunities that would have been inaccessible just a few years ago. In this eBook, we’ll explore how today’s most innovative leaders are using no-code to supercharge their digital transformation and inject operational efficiencies and flexibility throughout the life sciences value chain.