No-code automation applications have taken the world of business by storm in recent years. In fact, Gartner predicts a market increase of 19.6% in 2023 as the global demand for hyper-automation is well on the rise.
Yet behind the promises, the success stories, and the failed deliveries, there remains confusion about what no-code means, particularly for automation solutions.
We want to help answer all your questions surrounding no-code automation, debunk any myths, outline the difference between low-code and no-code and tell you why we created Atomatik as a truly no-code platform.
What is no-code and how does it fit into automation?
No-code software, as the name suggests, aims to eliminate the need for coding to unlock the significant changes enabled by the software at hand. Much like the early attempts to make computers more accessible for regular people with no technical background, eliminating the need for programming democratizes the ability to use the software in ways that previously required an expert hand.
It is estimated there are approximately 27.7 million software developers worldwide today in a global workforce of 3.32 billion, which means just 0.83% of the worldwide active population. It’s easy to understand how this giant gap can affect the potential for software driven growth. No-code platforms fix this problem by empowering non-technical users to access advanced features that would otherwise require manual coding done by a developer. This is also true for automation platforms, like Atomatik.
No-code automation relies entirely on visual interfaces. The code is generated automatically by dragging and dropping visual elements on the screen, using a predefined library of tasks and commands.
For normal business users, having this kind of autonomy has a massive effect on their ability to innovate and perform at high potential. Eliminating the dependence on highly skilled scripting developers creates room for faster development, and reduced project timelines, sometimes from months to just days or even hours. Smaller teams with fewer allocated resources can have a much bigger impact when no-code automation supports their activity.
No-code ≠ Low-code
One of the biggest misconceptions about no-code automation refers to the perceived similarity shared with low-code apps. While there are indeed common features and goals, like both being designed to expedite the automation process and avoid traditional IT development, there are notable differences that set them apart. Knowing these differences should play a key role in any organization’s decision when selecting an automation provider.
Although low-code automation platforms do not require extensive coding skills, they are aimed at users that have some programming knowledge and an active intention to go under the hood and hard code features to their desire. Low-code platforms usually require longer training and onboarding and the period between deployment and value creation is often longer, but still faster than traditional development. Although users are given the ability to customize and tweak to their preference, projects can be halted by limited programming knowledge and still require input from a specialist.
No-code platforms like Atomatik are designed for knowledgeable business users who don’t have programming skills or an intention to acquire them. Processes are automated exclusively by using a drag & drop visual interface and a record-playback paradigm.
Simply drag and drop to build your own automated workflows in Atomatik's Design Studio
This allows for faster adoption, development, and testing. Business users and process owners can shift their focus entirely on optimizing processes and workflows, which can enable them to achieve goals like faster time to value, reduced costs, and eliminating human error. The ease of use however has created a misconception about no-code platforms being suitable only for simple projects. While this might have been true in the early years of code-free automation, today, platforms like Atomatik address a wide range of business demands, from simple to overly complex.
Why Atomatik is truly no-code
It is fair to say that no-code platforms have encountered friction in the intelligent automation landscape for several reasons. The value proposition of giving developer powers to average computer users has always been attractive. However, stories of products that failed to deliver on this promise have put a dent in the credibility of no-code automation. And for good reason, automation companies worldwide were delivering hard-to-use products that required expensive intervention and maintenance from the very specialists they promised to bypass.
We developed Atomatik considering these learnings, after years of observing the market and customer behavior. Our goal is to empower the normal business user to automate any business process without having to worry about the technical side. Atomatik’s intuitive interface and extensive task library are the foundation that serves this goal.
Even if we have removed coding completely, we know not all users are equally comfortable in their computer interactions. That is why we positioned Atomatik not as a software solution provider, but as an automation partner. Our specialists guide Atomatik clients from stages as early as process discovery to long-term maintenance and we do so to make sure the experience is seamless, and the focus is only on results.
If you would like to learn more about how the Atomatik enterprise can help you with your business processes, book a call with our sales team today.