In the past, organizations wanting to develop a custom SharePoint application to enhance their business process, would either hire a SharePoint development specialist or approach a third-party agency to build the app for them. Both of these approaches were very expensive. Today, the organizations can save these costs by adopting a No-Code SharePoint application development platform. Such platforms enable rapid application development and deployment at a fraction of the cost.
No-Code application development helps modern-day enterprises to gain more from their SharePoint investment. Such a platform reduces the waiting period and IT dependencies involved with the typical SharePoint application development approach while offering several other benefits. But, like all technologies, there is also a certain amount of skepticism around the No-Code platforms. So, let’s take up some of the common myths about this platform and start debunking them.
1: Complex applications cannot be built with a No-Code platform
There is a perception among many SharePoint experts that No-Code platforms can only be used to create simple apps and it does not support the development of enterprise-grade applications. This conception could not be further from the truth. Powerful No-Code platforms (such as QuickApps and the Power Platform) are data source agnostic and work with various data formats. It can be utilized by the citizen developers, in collaboration with the IT, to build complex enterprise-grade applications that add great business value.
2: Can be used by trained SharePoint developers only
Low-Code platforms can be utilized by only trained SharePoint development specialists. But this criterion does not apply for the No-Code platforms. Thanks to the No-Code platforms, application development has entered into a new phase where any team member can become a citizen developer. Such a platform can be utilized by employees with minimal training and IT dependency to build custom SharePoint applications needed.
3: Lacks adequate security features
Security is a top concern for organizations that utilize SharePoint as their hub for storing and managing business-critical data. Many of you might be concerned about the security vulnerabilities that might be an outcome of allowing any employee (with SharePoint knowledge) to build an application with the No-Code platform. There is no need to worry as long as the No-Code platform you choose includes built-in security features and extensive compliance certification. Additionally, most of the platforms are designed to be governed centrally by IT. With a proper governance strategy in place, organizations can allow their citizen developers to develop their applications at will.
4: Will lead to “Shadow IT”
Many IT leaders believe that apps built on No-Code platforms would compound upon the governance challenges faced by the department. It would lead to “Shadow IT”, where SharePoint data can be used without IT’s permission or knowledge. To address this concern, organizations should search for No-Code platforms that allow central governance by IT. Such platforms allow the best of both worlds by empowering the citizen developers to build custom SharePoint apps while the IT manages and governs each release of these apps. The IT has the same level of control over these No-Code apps as they would have over any other SharePoint software solution.
5: SharePoint developers will lose their relevance
Someday the process of writing codes to develop a SharePoint application might become obsolete. But until then, SharePoint power users will have to rely on the skilled programmers to complete their work properly. They will have to collaborate with the IT department to create powerful and secure custom SharePoint apps.
Reimagine SharePoint application development with QuickApps
QuickApps is an innovative No-Code SharePoint customization and development platform containing a set of SharePoint web app and pre-built templates. Its point and click configuration allow users to build secure and complex apps without any coding or training. It is available for SharePoint On-premise and SharePoint Online versions.
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Associate Director – Product Development
Amit Gupta plays a key role in incubating and establishing best SharePoint practices at AgreeYa. He is closely associated with the Product Development and Delivery team and works to find new solutions based on Microsoft technology and optimize performance and responsiveness for our clients. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org