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How to Optimize Your Business Processes with Internal Tool Builders
The time when shipping software was 100% dependent on developers has passed. There’s no more need today to have a software engineer by hand to build a new app, a prototype, or automate the internal processes. All you need is a no-code / low-code internal tool builder and a general app development understanding. Under the limited resources, tight budget, strict deadlines, a low-code development platform can become a silver bullet for your business.
Due to the simplicity low-code tools provide, there’s hardly any more reason to postpone your business optimization. Thanks to their third-party integration capabilities, the optimization process takes hours instead of weeks or months of hand-coding.
When you don’t have an internal tool
With the growth of your business, the plethora of tools, apps, services your teams uses increases as well. Without one common workspace, such operations as data input, data modifying, data search, data analysis, and interpretation happen in different places. As a result, you have multiple distributed and disconnected systems with numerous data flows and dozens of tabs your team members have to constantly switch between.
It’s utter chaos that doesn’t make your teams’ work any easier and faster.
When you have an internal tool
Building an internal tool usually means that you drag-and-drop UI elements and add some simple commands via a visual development interface. That’s it.
With an internal tool builder, you can create data search, analytics, customer support, marketing, sales, inventory management, and other microtools within one common platform. No more tab switching, no more disconnected systems. All the tools you need are placed within one workspace. You simply connect the needed databases and APIs to an internal tool builder, and it automatically visualizes the data pulled from these data sources. Tables, Charts, Maps, Graphs, and more – there are numerous data visualization forms available.
Data sources you can connect
No internal tool can add value in isolation from all the third-party systems and APIs you use in your daily business operations. The bigger your company is, the more data sources you work with. Luckily, the data integration capabilities of low-code internal tool builders are extensive.
Here are some most commonly used and needed integrations:
- Databases: MySQL, MongoDB, Microsoft SQL, PostgreSQL, BigQuery, DynamoDB, Oracle, Redis.
- API integrations: AWS S3, Firebase, Jira, Salesforce, Shopify, Stripe, HubSpot, Twilio, Slack.
The connection of your internal tool to these and similar data sources allows you to perform such operations as:
- Visualize the data pulled from your data source as Tables, Charts, Graphs, Maps, and more forms. Display, search, remove your data.
- Add new records to your Tables. Update and delete groups of records.
- Capture and modify sets of data. Insert and update data groups.
- Run SQL queries to query your database and analyze & calculate your data.
- Manage user access by setting permissions to define viewers and editors.
Internal tool builder features that automate your business processes
When you’re building an internal tool using a low-code platform, here are the most useful features you need to optimize your business faster:
- Autogenerate UI components.
You have no need to configure Tables, Charts, Forms, Maps, Buttons, Dropdowns manually. Everything is automatically configured. All you need is to connect your data source. Your data structure is mirrored into UI components.
- Connect, read and write your data.
You can natively connect your internal tool UI to the databases and APIs you need. With the use of SQL queries and HTTP requests, you can read, write, and search data within your internal tool.
- Create workflows and business logic.
Internal tool builders allow you to add sequences and complex business logic to your internal tool, as well as modify everything visually. Thus, you can build an app of almost any complexity.
- Add custom code and create your own reusable components.
- Debug, test, publish your app.
App debugging and testing take much less time. All the runtime errors are handled in the development stage. Once your app is ready, you don’t need to publish it manually and spend time on server configuration and environment setup. Everything’s done in several clicks. Once it’s published, you can invite team members, investors, stakeholders to collaborate within your app.
On a final note
Time is money. Spending too much of it on internal processes automation and business optimization is not what businesses usually make a priority. However, app development without or almost without any code requires much less time than custom development.
The market of low-code development platforms is continuing to grow while the existing low-code players are getting more new game-changing features that can meet even the most sophisticated business requirements. All you need is simply choose an internal tool builder that meets your specific needs – and start building.