There's a reason user-friendliness ranks high as a priority when deciding on any new tech to implement. Teams can invest in the most advanced tools and sophisticated platforms, but if they can't adapt to your team or operations, they won't last long in the field.
Enter no-code software -- aka "noco.” (For a more detailed explanation, this article has a good breakdown.) Where traditional software development relies on a knowledge of complex coding languages and lengthy development/upgrade processes, noco software features user-friendly dashboards and tools to create full-fledged applications on the fly.
So, what does "noco" mean for multifamily housing (MFH) teams? Property management platforms with noco software give team members the ability to design, tweak, and right-size software tools to meet their specific requirements. Moreover, noco software lets users adopt new tools within their platform more easily and without traditional coding expertise. All told, it's about eliminating the barriers to software design and putting greater control and functionality into the hands of the end-user.
“Noco" design is what drives the SuiteSpot facilities management software. It's what enables our team and clients to add new functionality and critical software tools to our ever-evolving platform to keep pace with the demands of the job.
While traditional "full-code" software has its place, there are advantages that only noco software can bring to the table:
DIY design: Noco software doesn't rely on IT support. With a little training, users across an organization can easily customize their processes using drag-and-drop elements on their application. So, instead of asking their IT department to commit months of development and integration time to a process change or new functionality, property teams can design and launch what they need quickly and without taking up IT's resources.
Tailored to business requirements: It’s sometimes an issue that software developers launch code – but it doesn’t do exactly what you needed it to do out of the gate. That’s because developers may not fully understand your business requirements because they’re not immersed in the business day in and day out the way your team is. That’s one reason that business users often spend a lot of time tweaking or rewriting provided software to fit their exact needs. Noco software, on the other hand, enables configuration flexibility from day one, giving users the ability to configure the program to meet their requirements.
Less of an investment: Noco software enables virtually anyone to adapt programs to their needs. This reduces the time it takes to create new applications through traditional coding, thereby saving the costs associated with the typical software development process (e.g., coding, testing, and integration).
Adaptable on the fly: Needs evolve. Requirements change. Noco software is easier to adapt compared to traditionally coded systems, which require IT support and longer development processes.
Greater resilience: Software upgrades are critical, but they can introduce bugs and other unintended consequences. This requires IT departments to be in constant "maintenance mode" when working with traditionally coded platforms, especially when upgrades or changes to the system are needed. Noco software like SuiteSpot, however, is easier to upgrade and requires less IT involvement, freeing resources for other digital initiatives.
GitHub CEO Chris Wanstrath once said, "The future of coding is no coding at all.” So, while traditionally coded property management software is great for some needs, property/facilities management often benefits from flexible and user-friendly “noco” platforms that can easily evolve.