There are ways to speak about No-Code. Of course, there’s the classic and very popular approach, in which No-Code advocates and supporters talk about how it can be a way to accelerate prototyping and MVP creation; about creating websites in a matter of hours, or mobile apps in far less than what it would take through traditional programming. All that, while being much more affordable too! We’ve done that, because it is a huge selling point for No-Code.
But there is another side that I would like to tackle in this opportunity. A side that takes care of large companies, and gives super powers to every employee in every possible department. I am talking, of course, about internal tools.
According to budibase, in 2020, $120 billion was spent on internal tools and custom software. So you know that, whatever it is, it seems like something valuable right now, something you should be at least aware of. And that is because it is. Especially now, where every thriving business of every industry needs to be on top of its tech and software game if they want to maintain relevance.
But let’s get into what they are. Internal tools, also known as custom software, internal software or internal apps, are tools that optimize work processes in a company. They can go from data management and CRMs, to dashboards, CMS, support ticketing, and many more things.
So, in No-Code, while we talk a lot about tools that help you create software where the end-user is your customer or client, there is also the possibility to create software for your HR department, or Finance, or Sales. And the best thing is you won’t be overloading your IT department with a workload that can instead be fulfilled by the area needing the app/tool/software.
In the No-Code and Low-Code realms there are currently some very interesting tools to aid you in your journey to empower every area of your organization. There is, of course, Airtable, which can help you with databases and data management. It is also very intuitive for integrations and automation (take a look at our automation piece!). To simplify redundant tasks via dashboards, you can try Jet Admin. You could use this for customer support or IT tickets.
Other tools like Retool lean more towards the Low-Code side of things, but still are very manageable for non-technical users, and can be implemented to simplify workflows and create internal apps. A lean, clear restaurant inventory, for example, could be done with Retool.
And there are many more tools you can find and use that may cater to your specific needs, all allowing you to create your solution without being a traditional programmer or a technical person.
If you would like to get to the nitty-gritty of internal tools, you should read this! And if you have had experience with internal tools, tell us how it’s been. Was it helpful? Freeing? Or perhaps it was frustrating? Were there things you were unable to accomplish?
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