It's everywhere you turn. No-code automation is the talk of conferences for both developers and non-technical entrepreneurs alike. For good reason too, because no-code automation offers a whole new way to get your business up and running while also improving productivity and creativity, and reducing redundant, boring and robotic tasks.
So, let's get this clear right away. If you were living under a rock for the past decade, automation is "the application of technology, programs, robotics or processes to achieve outcomes with minimal human input", says IBM. In the context we're interested in, is a process in which you use technology to take care of repetitive work so that the actual human beings in your company can deal with more creative and human input-based labors.
This can translate into simple things such as instant reply emails or postings in social media for your marketing campaign, or complex and tedious workflows that have to be done several times a week and, through automation, might get done in the blink of an eye and without any human interaction.
Now, why should you choose No-Code automation tools? Well, it is no secret that even before the pandemic, there was already a shortage of developers and IT workers. 67% of employers stated they couldn't find the right people to fill those spots. Now, thanks to No-Code you might not have this problem, but even if you did, you wouldn't want your developer, that you struggled this much to find, to spend their days doing repetitive work, when they, or even another citizen developer, could just use tools like Zapier, IFTTT, or Leapwork, and be done with it.
And how should you go about this automation process?
First thing you should have in mind is the problem you are trying to solve through automation. You should have it pinned down and very well defined. This might be communicating with customers, or having too much software and applications in use, or not being able to monitor your content. A Forbes piece recommends, for example, focusing first on low-hanging fruits and easy wins.
For the actual process of automation, you can check forums and resources created by the tools themselves. These usually have all that you will need to set up your automations. Some of them even have blogs in which you will find new ideas for automation or that may answer questions you might have regarding a specific situation.
Finally, as stated in the aforementioned Forbes piece, you should be mindful of what should and shouldn't get automated. Don't go too crazy with it because you just might end up hindering a space that was initially meant to work as seamlessly as possible.
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