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No-Code Technology Is the Next Force to Democratize Business Strategy

Ryan Perry
Ryan Perry
Head of Web Development
No-code technology creates immense opportunity for teams everywhere by enabling creativity and strategy.

There are few universally acknowledged truths in the modern world.

In our present era of mass data creation and rapid information flows, an individual can experience life in a completely unique way from anyone who’s come before. A major component adding to the matchlessness of contemporary life is the prevalence of cutting-edge technology in our daily lives.  

The sheer pace that technology breakthroughs are occurring is without precedent. This progress is  enabling human potential in myriad and often impossible to predict ways. We’re seeing this across all aspects of society: business, art, entertainment, etc.  

Amid this period of rapid technological progress though, a handful of inherent human truths remain stubbornly affixed to how we collectively think about ourselves. One of these shared truths is that progress and innovation at scale are most widely attainable when the tools that enable human creativity are made available to all. When cutting-edge capabilities become accessible to individuals and teams everywhere, follow-on breakthroughs occur at exponential rates.  

Competition flattens.

I chose to begin this article with my high-minded rumination on technology and the human experience for a few different reasons (one of which is to impress new readers with my serious academic tone).  

I’m joking of course.

I’ve spent my adult life focused on learning and participating in mass communication disciplines. In college, I majored in mass communication and art. I was drawn to these studies because I believe art, at its core, is the purest form of human communication. Art is an unvarnished and authentic mirror to individual and group experiences – a visual medium that can communicate an idea or emotion using simple or advanced means.  

After graduation, I chose to begin a career in newsprint journalism. I wanted to apply what I’d learned about message resonance and visual imagery by framing information in the fixed, yet open-ended space of a newspaper. Despite my noble intentions to participate and improve journalism, my timing could not have been worse. My first job in a newsroom coincided with the 2008 global recession and the advent of social media. While I knew that the journalism industry would eventually recalibrate itself and find its footing, I recognized that these forces signaled a larger, permanent shift to how people create and consume information. I knew that my skills and passion for authentic visual communication could be better applied elsewhere.  

Through these years of trying to find a role where I could help others craft and express their stories, I was always deeply interested and passionate about web design. Starting in the late 1990s, I began creating GeoCities pages. Ever since then, I've been obsessed with learning and trying website technologies and best development practices. Armed with my conviction that the recent transference of information to digital channels was real real and permanent, I decided to dedicate my professional life to mastering web development strategy.    

In my current (and forever) profession as a web developer, I help my clients bring their website ideas to life using my fluency in web tools and languages.

When I began in this profession, web development was an incredibly specialized sector that required training, a mastery of different tools and programming languages, and an ability to keep up with a tech landscape that changes on a daily basis. While the internet was clearly the next mass communication frontier, its potential was being inhibited by the high technical barriers of entry.

Based on my fundamental belief that technology should enable and facilitate creation, not inhibit it, I knew change was necessary and inevitable. Luckily, so did other capable developers.    

Enter “no-code” technology.  

No-code is a software development approach that requires few, if any, programming skills to successfully build a functioning application. The “no-code” designation is also a bit of a misnomer: there’s plenty of code involved, it just takes place behind the scenes. Instead, no-code tool providers (like Webflow) use data abstraction and encapsulation to hide the complexity of what end-users  execute through simple UX friendly actions, like designing with clicks and dragging/dropping application components.

At its core, no-code technology is simply an evolution of the core principles that have driven technological innovation throughout human history: tools that were once segmented to only a small section of professionals eventually become accessible to an increasingly larger audience.

No-code’s value to its end-users, like our clients, is based in the fact that it allows for the absence of high-cost developers for the majority of project workflows. Also, content strategists can model their content in a usable/repeatable content database, rather than a one-off spreadsheet. Designers can not only mockup and prototype a solution, but can fully build it in functional HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.  

This isn’t to say that projects work better without developers, designers, and copywriters, or that they’re in any way better without those professionals involved. But by allowing them to not have to work on marketing assets like new landing pages, blog builds, etc., they are given more time to work on the projects where they’re better utilized.  

No-code is just the latest iteration of a historical through line. What begins as a highly specialized capability understood and used by a small group of people, is gradually expanded, simplified, and designed to be more accessible and easier to use.  

In my role as Head of Web Development at Adept Dynamics, I oversee a team that uses Webflow’s no-code platform to plan, build, and launch web products that solve our clients’ real-world business objectives.  

Given the inherent advantages of no-code technology, we chose to build Adept Dynamics’ Website Services practice with no-code technology at its core. After assessing the no-code technology market, we decided that Webflow was the only conceivable option for us.  

Webflow is a cloud-based no-code website development and hosting platform that creates powerful tools for website building and hosting. Webflow allows us to build intuitive products for our clients that are streamlined, accessible and beautiful.  

At Adept Dynamics, we’re at the forefront of creating no-code solutions that our clients can easily maintain and operate once our work is complete.

For any instances where a no-code solution isn’t applicable, our team of developers help bridge technology gaps using custom code solutions (the kind of programming tools I learned early on in my career). We’re well-versed in HTML, CSS, Sass, JavaScript, Node.js, React, Next.js, and Ruby on Rails.

This is the central to the web services offering that we at Adept Dynamics provide to our clients: the power of no-code technology merged with frontend custom development expertise. A strategic blend of traditional development know-how to build an exceptional web product, powered through practical technology that our clients can use once our work is complete and they’re in the driver seat.

Nothing makes me more professionally fulfilled than when a client tells me that our team created a product that not only meets their strategic objectives, but that they feel like they can operate on their own.  

To conclude, no-code technology tools are reducing the amount of time and  expertise required to translate a team's strategy into organizational realities.

From my experience, the more people that can perform a task, the more efficiently and quickly it can be performed at scale. Cutting-edge technology, like no-code, enables forward-thinking teams to seize on the opportunities of an increasingly digital and globalized competitive landscape.

For more information on how Adept Dynamics can use no-code web technology to help your team meet its business objectives, please contact us.  

Published:
June 17, 2022
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