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What is No-Code Automation?

Companies and organizations everywhere are getting more and more comfortable with No-Code Development Platforms (NCDP) as a means to increase efficiency across teams and enterprises while democratizing the automation process, making it accessible to a broader audience.  Do you want your employees to be able to take ownership of their own automation processes while increasing time efficiency and speeding up project timelines?  Keep reading.  

Key Features of No-Code Automation

NCDP’s offer a variety of features as an alternative to traditional development processes.  Key features and concepts of no-code automation include:


Visual Interface:

No-code automation platforms often provide a visual interface or drag-and-drop builder, which allows users to create automation workflows by arranging pre-built elements or components on a canvas. This eliminates the need for writing code manually.  


Pre-Built Integrations:

Many no-code automation platforms come with pre-built integrations to popular software applications, services, and APIs. Users can easily connect different tools and systems without the need for custom coding.


Workflow Automation:

Users can create complex automation workflows that involve tasks like data extraction, data transformation, email notifications, file processing, and more. These workflows are often triggered by specific events or conditions.



Used by both professional developers and citizen developers (non-technical users or non-developers with limited or no coding skills), NCDP’s often include tutorials, templates, and documentation to help users get started.  


Rapid Development:

No-code automation allows for the rapid development and deployment of automation solutions. Users can iterate and make changes quickly, reducing development time.  However, it is important to communicate IT security standards clearly to all members of the company or organization.  “Namely, training every employee at the organization on good security behavior and using compartmentalization and limited access to prevent opportunities for mistakes” (1).


Low Barrier to Entry:

No-code automation platforms lower the barrier to entry for automation, enabling individuals in various roles, such as business analysts, marketers, and operations professionals, to create their own automation solutions.



While these platforms are ideal for automating small to medium-scale tasks and workflows, some also offer scalability options for more extensive and complex automation needs.  Furthermore, no-code solutions have “less extensibility and limited potential in connecting to legacy systems or integrating with other platforms. Therefore, it addresses a narrow set of use cases and has a reduced ability to scale.”(2)



No-code automation can be cost-effective because it doesn’t require hiring specialized developers or writing custom code. It also reduces the risk of software bugs and maintenance issues associated with custom code.


Have Questions About No-Code Automation?

No-code automation has applications in various domains, including business process automation, marketing automation, data integration, and more. It empowers organizations to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and respond quickly to changing business needs without relying heavily on technical resources. However, it may not be suitable for highly specialized or extremely complex automation tasks, which may still require traditional coding approaches.


Are you ready to give your team the gift of owning their automation?  Want to learn more about No-Code Automation?  Chat with an expert at Lanshore today! 



1: Forbes article

2: IBM Blog