In today\u2019s fast-paced business world, where companies must constantly innovate to keep up with competitors,depending on fully customizable software solutions created with programming languages and manual coding is insufficient.\n\nInstead, enterprises increasingly are pursuing no-code and low-code solutions for application development. No-code and low-code development entails creating software applications by using a user-friendly graphic interface that often includes drag and drop. These solutions require less coding expertise, making application development accessible to a larger swath of workers. That accessibility is critical, especially as companies continue to face a shortage of highly skilled IT workers. In fact, IDC has identified low-code\/no-code mobile applications as a driver of the future of work.\n\n\u201cThe key difference between traditional and no-code and low-code solutions is just how easy and flexible the user experience can be with no-code and low-code,\u201d says Alex Zhong, director of product marketing at GEP. \u201cSpeed has become more and more important in the business environment today. You need to get things done in a rapid way when you\u2019re responding to the disruptive environment and your customers.\u201d\n\nThe traditional application development process is both complicated and multilayered. It entails zeroing in on the business need, evaluating and assessing the idea, submitting the application development request to IT, getting evaluations and approvals to secure funding, designing, creating and producing, and doing user testing.\n\n\u201cTraditionally it\u2019s a lengthy process with many people involved,\u201d Zhong says. \u201cThis can take quite a few weeks and often longer.\u201d Not only does the time workers spend accrue but various costs also quickly add up. \u201cThe new way of application development reduces complexity, tremendously shortens the process, and puts application development more in users\u2019 hands.\u201d\n\nHere are some other benefits of no-code\/low-code solutions over the traditional approach:\n\nProjects are more malleable. \u201cWith local solutions, you can make changes quicker,\u201d says Kelli Smith, GEP\u2019s head of product management for platform. With fewer levels of approval and cooks in the kitchen, it\u2019s easy to tweak ideas on the fly and make improvements to applications as you go.\n\nIdeas are less likely to get lost in translation. With traditional development, sometimes ideas aren\u2019t perfectly translated into a product. With the user at the helm working closely with IT, ideas are more likely to be accurately executed.\n\nIT and the business work better together. No-code and low-code solutions are typically driven by someone close to the business, but IT is still involved in an advisory role \u2014 especially in initial stages. The relationship becomes more of a collaborative one. \u201cThe business is developing together with IT,\u201d Smith says.\n\nDevelopers are freed up for more complex work. With the business more involved in application development, IT workers\u2019 time is freed up to dedicate to more complicated tasks and projects rather than an excess of manual or administrative work.\n\nOften, moving away from traditional application development is a process for enterprises. Companies may start with low-code solutions and gradually shift toward no-code solutions. The evolution requires a culture change, vision from leadership, and endorsement from IT.\n\nImportantly, employees also need to be empowered to participate.\n\nGEP believes that no-code\/low-code is the way of the future. The company is leading efforts in no-code and low-code solutions through partners and investments in solutions. \u201cIn today\u2019s environment,\u201d Zhong says, \u201cno-code\/low-code is simply key to giving enterprises more flexibility.\u201dAt GEP we help companies with transformative, holistic supply chain solutions so they can become more agile and resilient. Our end-to-end comprehensive, unified solutions harness technology to change organizations for the better. To find out more, visit GEP.