What should I choose for a no-code development platform?

Under the pressure of digital transformation, more and more businesses are starting to use code-free products today. Code-free, as the name suggests, is a tool that can help develop applications without any knowledge of code, and non-technical people can also build their own management system by simply clicking or dragging and dropping. The code-free platform quickly launches a system that meets the needs of enterprises, helping enterprises greatly reduce the cost of system development and maintenance, and becoming hot. At present, there are many codeless development platforms on the market, and how enterprises choose is particularly important.

Below, Xiaobian will teach you how to analyze the code-free platform and choose the best code-free products from the four dimensions of product function, system integration, technical ability and after-sales service.

First, product functions

Code-free products are usually composed of three basic functions: forms, processes, and reports, and will be continuously enriched and extended on the three functions. Therefore, when choosing a code-free platform, you can observe whether its basic functions are complete enough, and then further understand its extended functions.

Basic functionality

1. Forms Engine

Code-free tools all support form customization, and businesses can visually design forms online. Therefore, when assessing the form function, enterprises should pay attention to whether their form components are rich enough to meet existing business needs. At the same time, forms can preferably support various forms of association, such as one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-many, etc., so that enterprises can control data and information in all directions.

A publicly available form that makes it easy to collect and query data. In addition, the form must have the ability to operate data intelligently, and the data can be quickly and simply processed. You also need to support multiple views to view data and grasp the data from multiple perspectives.

2. Process Engine

A process engine with a visual process editor allows companies without technicians to easily build complex business processes. Process nodes and trigger forms should be rich and diverse, and it is best to support a variety of approval methods, such as countersigning, or signing, step-by-step approval, etc. Operations should be passed, rejected, transferred, returned, signed, etc., and must also support process commissioning, pending monitoring, etc. Such a code-free platform has powerful customization capabilities, which not only meet the individual needs of enterprises to the greatest extent, but also improve the efficiency of process processing.

In addition, the process must have the function of defining the permissions of the nodes in order to accurately control each node.

3. Reporting Engine

The report should be able to support the personalized selection and real-time update of the data, and also have a variety of display forms and chart components to build a personalized and practical data screen.

Extended functionality

1. Portal and Applications

A good code-free development platform should have the ability to customize the application portal, and be able to set colors and icons to fit the image of the enterprise. At the same time, it is also necessary to support the import and export of applications, facilitate version control and implementation deployment, and also do a good job of data backup and cross-database migration.

2. Documentation

Documents are used very frequently in daily office, when choosing a code-free development platform, you should choose a platform that can support rich document types, preferably support online preview of documents, and customize print templates for batch printing.

3. Message notification

Pay attention to the message notification system without code, and have a perfect notification method such as on-site notification and off-site SMS, mailbox, etc., which can not only ensure the normal development of the work, but also improve the efficiency of the work.

4. Organizational Structure

Choosing a code-free platform that can customize roles in combination with their own business scenarios, perform role management, and establish an organizational structure can help enterprises effectively manage employee information.

5. Authority System

Permission management should be able to be finely controlled for forms, processes and even fields, and it is best to combine the organizational structure for hierarchical authorization, which can help enterprises truly achieve data security and controllability.

Second, system integration

It mainly observes whether the platform has the ability of third-party integration system and whether it can provide perfect interface services. Enterprises often have a variety of systems before the introduction of code-free development platforms, in order to open up data silos, the choice of code-free platform must choose a strong integration capabilities.

1. Open capabilities

A no-code development platform should be open enough, preferably with a rich API interface. In this way, not only can the data be taken to the platform, but also the data can be obtained from the platform to achieve free data circulation.

2. Mobile

Observing whether the code-free platform can support the mobile terminal, the inability to support the mobile terminal means that the enterprise employees must be able to record and obtain data through the PC side, and the completion of the work will increase the difficulty of the work and reduce the efficiency.

Third, technical capabilities

1. Low code

In fact, there will be certain limitations to the functions that can be achieved without code at all, and it is necessary to choose a platform with simple code capabilities, which can be operated on a case-by-case basis and handle some more complex business logic.

2. Privatization deployment

A codeless platform with a privatization deployment function will make enterprise data more secure, and privatization deployment refers to installing a codeless platform on the enterprise’s own server, so that the enterprise’s data will not circulate to external servers, and it can ensure data security to the greatest extent possible.

Fourth, after-sales service

The development of the code-free platform is uneven, and enterprises should pay attention to the relevant after-sales service of the platform in addition to considering product functions. Choosing a platform with perfect after-sales service can help enterprises quickly get started with the platform, and can also solve the difficulties encountered in the use process. The following considerations can be considered:

1. Is there a detailed installation, deployment, and development manual

2. Ability to support Remote Assistance to resolve technical issues

3. Whether upgrades to subsequent products will be supported

At present, the code-free platforms on the market have their own advantages and disadvantages, and the positioning is also different. Choosing the right no-code development platform requires many factors to consider. The needs of different enterprises are very different, or they need to start from their own business needs for assessment, really find a suitable platform, and use it reasonably and efficiently.

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