No-code architecture, speed and the art of the possible
By Harvard Bhatia and Raj Konduru
FFor many organizations, especially large incumbents, the inability to meet the demand for modern applications is a looming competitive disaster.
Enterprise infrastructures are increasingly complex, a complexity that has accelerated over the past decade. Therefore, building traditional code-based applications takes more time, Not lesstimes today than in the 2000s. In recent years, many organizations have stood on the sidelines as more nimble competitors – often digital-focused startups – have overtaken them with modern customer experiences, l automation of complex internal workflows, etc.
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The incumbents found themselves in a difficult situation. Although cost was not an issue (and, of course, it still is), organizations could not hire qualified talent quickly enough to meet business demand. There were simply not enough experienced and skilled engineers to meet the growing demand for applications, given their disparate and sprawling environments.
Low-code has diminished some of the burden. No-code solutions have gone even further, allowing citizen (non-technical) developers to build and deploy apps quickly.
Codeless enables our customers to build complex and innovative enterprise applications at the speed of business, without a single line of code.
Now the no-code architecture, Unqork’s fundamental development paradigm, is taken to the next level. Codeless enables our customers to build complex and innovative enterprise applications at the speed of business, without a single line of code.
From serverless to codeless
To understand the emerging concept of no-code architecture, it’s helpful to contrast it with a more familiar concept: serverless architecture. With a serverless architecture, you can leverage the power of the cloud without the cost or complexity of purchasing and maintaining your own physical servers. The serverless architecture boils down all this complexity to a virtual dashboard.
The no-code architecture works on the same principle. For those who build and maintain apps – whether senior engineers or citizen developers – the code “disappears” and developers only have to worry about configurations. Developers simply drag and drop modular components into a fully visual environment.
With a no-code architecture, changes to the underlying infrastructure (legacy apps and databases, third-party apps, microservices, etc.) have no effect on apps built with no code. Therefore, we tell our customers that they can “freeze and wrap” this infrastructure. In other words, they can use it to create modern experiences, without having to constantly update, replace and then laboriously integrate individual components. (Of course, components can change and evolve when and if needed.)
…what excites us about no-code architecture is what it allows us to do for our customers. For example, they no longer have to spend months and months selecting tools, building custom integrations, or wrangling with the underlying legacy code just to achieve a minimum viable product (MVP).
Either way, they don’t need to make any changes to the no-code apps themselves, just like the serverless architecture means you never have to worry about changes to your provider’s servers. cloud.
Speed to market without compromising on governance
It’s cool stuff in theory, but what excites us about no-code architecture is what it allows us to do for our customers. For example, they no longer have to spend months and months selecting tools, building custom integrations, or wrangling with the underlying legacy code just to achieve a minimum viable product (MVP). The no-code architecture dramatically increases developer productivity and opens up app creation to citizen developers in an unprecedented way.
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This might sound a bit scary for IT managers. It shouldn’t. With no-code, citizen developers do their work in a staging environment, to ensure control before going live. Also, they never create new code that could cause hidden problems, either immediately or later. And they only work with modular components, with security logging, audit trails, and other security and governance features already built-in.
Of course, no-code architecture doesn’t mean you don’t have to design or engineer solutions. Still, you free up seasoned professionals to ensure that all necessary software development lifecycle (SDLC) controls are in place and to focus on core products and other higher-level strategic work.
The no-code architecture dramatically increases developer productivity and opens up app creation to citizen developers in an unprecedented way.
CIOs value the control their team retains. Business people are happy because they can get products to market much faster. We are happy because we help our clients achieve measurable results. It really is a win-win.
The art of the possible
Our financial services clients are increasingly investing in environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives. However, ESG is a moving target, with changing standards and companies operating in dozens if not hundreds of jurisdictions. Off-the-shelf solutions can be inflexible and lack the flexibility and agility needed to meet changing ESG requirements. KPMG sees an opportunity to leverage low-/no-code platforms as a way to accelerate the delivery of ESG solutions and enable rapid iterations.
With platforms like Unqork, this is no longer a problem. You don’t need to go in and modify the backend before creating or updating the front-end ESG solution. Now you can be very agile and flexible and quickly adapt to new regulatory requirements. And you don’t have to worry about stray lines of code every time you change – or every time you update some of the underlying infrastructure. Instead, the code is actually maintained as part of a no-code platform like Unqork.
One of our clients really took home the power of no-code architecture to explore the art of the possible. Before the organization went no-code, whenever a business unit wanted funding for a new innovative idea, they would spend weeks or months pitching and meeting with decision makers multiple times to convince them that the idea was viable.
Now that the client is using Unqork’s no-code platform, they can quickly create a prototype within weeks and present it to decision makers. This way, prototypes can be presented to decision makers from the start.
So not only does codeless accelerate development, but also the speed at which the business itself can grasp and act on innovative ideas. This allows organizations to truly explore the art of the possible.
Learn more about KPMG’s low-/no-code practice in general, as well as KPMG’s alliance with Unqork.
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Partner at KPMG, Harvard Bhatia has over 20 years of industry and consulting experience delivering complex digital transformation programs for financial services clients. He currently leads the low-code financial services practice for KPMG in the United States.
Also partner at KPMG, Raj Konduru is a Modern Architecture Leader with extensive experience building and leading large, high-performing Modern Architecture and Digital Engineering practices. He partners with senior leaders from Fortune 500 companies to define, design and deliver end-to-end business solutions.
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