Develop faster, without knowing how to program, applications designed by and for your teams: the promise of No (or Low) Code platforms is great. How does this translate at the production level, and how can you take advantage of the potential of this new generation of tools to serve your operational excellence?
Low Code/No Code : What is it about ?
No Code and Low Code are software programming modes… with no programming (No Code), or very little (Low Code). More specifically, tools that allow you to develop a computer application without having to write its code.
No Code solutions go through an Integrated Development Environment (IDE):
- working by drag and drop elements of IT components,
- that we will then be able to link together, with possible conditions, to design a kind of “scenario” for the operation of the application.
The name is therefore actually a bit misleading: No Code platforms like Low Code obviously contain (a lot) of code: but their users do not need to access it to develop their tools.
Low Code, No Code : what differences ?
In a No Code application, everything takes place within the limits of the components provided by the designers, the users do not access the source code, and cannot introduce additional possibilities. These solutions are therefore more dedicated to very simple or extremely targeted applications.
Pingview, our wallboard design solution, is an example of a No Code application, which works on this model because it is possible to build a library of components sufficiently complete to allow our users to independently manage the creation of their interfaces. , and their distribution on their display park.
A Low Code environment makes it possible to modify the source code, and therefore offers more possibilities of expression. More complex applications can be designed there, but with the help of an expert developer, where No Code systems can be directly handled by “business” users (we also speak of citizen developers, as opposed to developers professionals).
Low Code/No Code : Why are they trendy ?
Because there is a shortage of IT skills. TO READ> No-Code Platforms & Why You Need Them in 2023 byBaserow
This is not a scoop: the IT professions in general have been under great tension for a long time and still for a while: by 2030, there will be 115,000 new IT engineering positions to be filled in France (+ 26% compared to 2019), and even 190,000 including retirements.
Developer skills are rare… therefore expensive, with increasingly pronounced bottlenecks in application development projects.
And as at the same time, digitalization projects have not really slowed down:
- 61% of IT professionals see an increase in their development costs,
- 57% need more staff to complete projects,
- 44% observe that development times have increased .
In this context, No Code projects provide part of the solution: for those who have experienced it, a similar phenomenon took place some fifteen years ago with the creation of functional blocks of automation in industry. automobile. Allowing expert developers to free themselves from automation programming by delegating it to business teams.
Low Code/No Code is cheaper (and faster)
- 53% less expensive : this is the saving observed on average thanks to Low Code development by IT professionals. A gain achieved thanks to simplified collaboration between teams, but also greater speed of execution:
- 95% of developments are faster with low code,
- more than half (58%) are even 40%, 60% or even 100% faster .
With No Code, companies are touching the “Holy Grail” of digital transformation: agility.
of development projects are faster in No Code
savings observed on No code developments
With Low Code/No Code, “business” users are in control
If “real” computer scientists do not disdain their use, 2 out of 3 developers of No Code development platforms are end users . With projects very oriented on their “business” issues: data processing and visualization (38% of uses) productivity:
- automated data collection (36%)
- process automation (35%)
- IoT monitoring (34%) 
Low code and No Code therefore fill an increasingly glaring lack in organizations: the automation of time-consuming tasks. And the need is huge: only 10% of these processes are fully automated, 30% are not at all 
The factory of the future, a digitized environment thanks to Low Code/No Code
What are the use cases of No Code in an industrial environment?
AIC: up-to-date animation materials in real time for your daily rituals Short interval animations (SIM), these team “flash” meetings are the pivot of your operational excellence and your continuous improvement? With a no-code wallboard design solution, you will be able to:
- collect the data needed to build your safety, quality, cost, lead time indicators, etc. directly in the dedicated applications,
- automate their “reprocessing” in a database or spreadsheet to present them in the form of simple KPIs,
- format them in your wallboard interface in the most meaningful graphical rendering (graph, table, color codes, etc.),
- finally broadcast them on your screens: in the meeting spaces, the factory areas concerned, a web page that can be consulted on a computer from the offices, etc.
In this context, the choice of a No (or Low) Code solution allows:
- set up data collection and reprocessing once and for all: the KPIs for the daily update are therefore constantly up-to-date and no longer have to be prepared in advance,
- to challenge and review your animation screens (add an Environment “section” to your SQCDP screens, review the presentation of a production KPI, etc.) as often as desired, without external intervention.
TO READ> Metso Outotec : digital wallboard for shop floor people
OKR : shared challenges platform
Always with a view to leading and aligning the teams, but with a longer term vision, the OKR(Objective and Key Results) aim to give the “the” of the axes of progress of the company (or the business unit):
- through very “macro” objectives (for example: “reduce our average delivery time by X%”),
- which are often supplemented by more specific KPIs at the business level: in our example, KPIs for sales administration (Z% of orders launched in production within 48 hours), logistics (reducing by Y% the average presence of the batches on the shipping docks), production (target average production cycle: H hours).
Thanks to a No Code wallboard design solution, you will be able to very simply:
- create screens summarizing your OKRs and distribute them across all your teams
- add to them screens of business KPIs updated in real time to allow everyone to visualize the progress of their team towards the achievement of objectives.
Incident management and problem solving: digitize to gain speed
In an industrial environment, responsiveness is key. This responsiveness involves:
- the implementation of processes to follow in the event of a production incident (call to a supervisor, “escalation” to the manager, intervention of security teams, etc.), a well-oiled
- communication: messages that reach the right people, operators who are assured that their alert has been transmitted, then taken into account, and processed.
Here again, a No Code alerting system has many advantages for production teams looking to design and maintain an incident management application:
- they keep control of updating the components of the alert system (contact details of people to contact, updating of escalation processes, etc.)
- they can interface the information system that “steers” production, incident reporting devices, machine sensors, etc. beyond the factory stricto sensu,
- they can organize the escalation of crisis information to the “ancillary” departments: alerting the sales administration, logistics, management, etc. …
- and beyond incident management, enable the implementation of a digital problem-solving process (with, for example, action plans and views kanban)
No code : yes… no rules: no !
Low Code/No Code: indisputable advantages
The (relative) simplicity offered by No Code platforms has many advantages:
- it allows businesses to free themselves from the DSI to launch the development of their own applications (while allowing the DSI to focus on more critical missions),
- it eliminates misunderstandings: when the developer is also the user, he rarely goes off on the wrong track…,
- it simplifies the test/adapt/iterate process: a rudimentary application can quickly be deployed on a limited perimeter, corrected for its imperfections, then generalized,
- it automates a large number of processes, thanks to APIs, or via “workflow automation” solutions (such as Zapier, Integromat or n8n), which allow No Code platforms to interface with many applications.
… but risks to be measured
- entrusting the development to non-professionals can present risks (in terms of data security, or if the application “touches” critical applications),
- designing your applications in a No Code environment in the Cloud or in SaaS means carefully examining the contractual provisions on data security, exit conditions, etc.
Completely freeing oneself from IT “experts” is therefore not always the best solution. At Pingflow, we consider that to allow you to have a flexible and powerful No Code tool, you must:
- ask your CIO to supervise: the use and rights of use of your No Code platform, the clauses of the contract with your solution provider, etc.
- require real support from your Low Code/No Code platform: functional, training,, UX/UI design…
In any case, this is what we offer to all our customers.