Practice these in-demand no-code skills with Catalytic Academy
Three closely-related digital business trends continue to rise: no-code platforms, citizen development and upskilling programs. To support these initiatives, Catalytic has released a new way to learn no-code—Catalytic Academy. Catalytic customers and free trial users will now have access to this interactive, self-paced virtual learning experience to build the foundation for their automation skills or upgrade existing knowledge.
Whether starting out with no-code, low-code, or developer-level familiarity with building automated workflows, Catalytic Academy has a course for any tech-savvy business user ready to learn. And no matter which no-code tools you choose to use in the future, you can expect to come out of Catalytic Academy with skills you can apply to any technology.
Here’s a list of the top in-demand skills and experiences that you can start learning now to further your career in digitization and automation with no-code.
Big-picture business process mindset
Most employees can think of a variety of their own to-do list items that must be completed on a regular basis in order to achieve your goals. You may be responsible for all of those actions or maybe just one. Either way, we can think of the holistic approach of completing these actions as a business process.
A business process typically has six characteristics:
- Definability: Clear beginning and end with inputs and outputs
- Order: Actions are ordered sequentially
- Customer: There must be a recipient of the output, a customer
- Value-Adding: Data are transformed to add some value for the customer
- Embeddedness: Within an organizational structure
- Cross-Functionality: A process may span several functions or roles
Making the leap to thinking about your own job function or your immediate team’s work, to how it fits within the landscape of the entire department or company is a valuable perspective to practice, not only for automation, but for professional and leadership growth. This allows you to identify business processes, then envision big-picture ways to innovate and improve them for better efficiency, quality, customer experience and more.
No-code automation training can teach you how to master these elements and match the best use of workflow technology to each step in order to lead the creation of better business processes.
“If this, then that” logic
IFTTT, which stands for “if this, then that,” is a common way of thinking about programming conditional statements without code. Software such as Excel has early examples of these formulaic features.
Most no-code platforms use an interface where pre-built components can be dragged and dropped to craft a workflow. Whether with a decision tree or runbook-style outline format, the simplest platforms all employ an IFTTT-thinking technique that automates a logical sequence of events and decisions based on criteria that don't require much human judgment.
Whether displayed in an outline or diagram-style graphical interfaces, “if this, then that” techniques have been underway for quite some time and will continue to evolve with these same techniques for years to come, making it a good skill to practice.
Familiarity with common automation elements
Using technology to digitize and automate your business processes requires you to consider some key universal factors.
No matter the platform, any automated workflow has these underlying elements: triggers, inputs, automated steps or actions, and outputs.
What kick starts your process? Is it a form submission, status change in another system, a new email? What kind of data does your process start with? What needs to happen with that information? And what should automatically be created at the end?
Once you are able to identify these elements and answer these questions, you are on your way to developing your automated process.
Importance of data
The right automation tools will be all about data, and learning to use a no-code platform can give you a great command of how it is essential in many ways.
From working with data tables, then referencing certain fields in order to set up dynamic automation functions and formulas, to understanding the importance of data quality, consistent formatting, reporting and visibility, this is one of the biggest things you could take away from experience with any no-code tool.
Pairing tech with your processes
Along with the big-picture business process mindset, no-code tools teach you how to identify the right type of digital technology features for specific steps in your workflows.
Here are several important categories of digital workflow technology:
- Tasks & Forms
- Data Processing
- Document Assembly
- Text Analysis
- Browser Automation
As you explore no-code tools, you’ll explore different technologies such as collecting input data through the use of web forms, routing tasks, or how you can automate Excel using data processing and document assembly features.
Once you have an understanding of all the tools in your no-code toolkit, you can learn to match these capabilities to steps in your real-life business processes.
Try Catalytic Academy
You can learn all of these skills and more with Catalytic. To start your journey to learning no-code skills and workflow automation, you can try our platform, along with the new Catalytic Academy free with a 30 day trial.