It is a common misconception that software developers dream in code.
Despite having more than a million lines of code in our platform, we actually dream of no-code.
No-code is the term for a platform that allows non-technical system users the ability to setup and configure their system using codeless graphical interfaces. For an insurance platform this means that our clients can customise their own systems, rather than having to try to describe what they want and have it built by a bunch of guys in Star Wars hoodies. Achieving a no-code implementation for one of our specialist brokers is a key milestone on Ignite’s product roadmap.
What are the advantages of no-code?
Simply: speed, cost, and simplicity. Systems can be set up by our BA team on the day of delivery. The setup cost is greatly reduced by removing expensive coding resources. And finally the simplicity of implementation negates the misunderstandings and complexities of scoping and translating requirements.
Where are we currently?
At present Ignite Broker clients can amend their question sets, pricing, documents, workflows, users, accounting rules, add-on products, etc, etc, etc… We are about 85% of the way to no-code.
What is left to do?
There is always lots to do in software! The main project now is validation. Currently Ignite manages all question-sets, rates and document changes because they all effect each other. If a new question is added, this needs to display correctly on all screen sizes to the customer, appear in documentation, and potentially be used to rate on. Tying together these parts in a way that is version controlled, validated, and easy to use is one of the biggest challenges of Ignite’s no-code journey.