No-code technology is revolutionary for rapidly building and deploying software solutions without writing code. ISVs and developers often use no-code platforms to enhance and expand the capabilities and features available through their cloud-based software. Automating processes and streamlining workflows can make businesses more agile, responsive, and competitive in today’s fast-paced digital landscape.
The no-code platform market is rising due to the demand for process automation, rapid development cycles, and a shortage of skilled IT specialists. According to Gartner, the market for no-code/low-code platforms will reach $12.3 billion by 2024.
The Problem with Most Payment Integrations
While modern gateways and tech platforms offer features that create frictionless online payments, many do not support the full range of omnichannel experiences and payment methods necessary to support evolving business needs and technologies.
Integrating payments via traditional APIs can take months and requires technical software coding knowledge and IT specialists that understand how payment acceptance works. Plus, omnichannel acceptance often involves coding to multiple APIs and certifying software with a payment gateway or processor.
In-person payments—representing 80% of consumer purchases—are the most complex, and many systems require staff to manually enter sensitive payment details into a software form, which increases the risk of fraud. More recently, developers add payment features using a semi-integrated configuration that connects disparate technology to securely capture and transmit payment details between point-of-sale (POS) or business management systems and payment terminals. The terminal is responsible for capturing card and purchase data and routing it to the gateway or processor. Though semi-integrated solutions reduce the scope of PCI compliance, they still require code changes in the core software whenever updates or enhancements are needed.
It’s time to say hello to the ability to update, innovate, and adapt without the endless cycle of coding and recoding.
Payment Acceptance Enters the No-Code Era
No-code APIs and platforms offer a range of pre-built templates, point-and-click tools, and intuitive interfaces allowing users—even those without extensive coding knowledge—to develop applications, websites, and complex workflows without extensive coding knowledge. By bypassing the roadblocks of traditional API integrations, no-code integration can help businesses quickly and efficiently bring their software to market.
No-code payment integration is typically completed in just a few clicks. What once took months of development can now be accomplished in minutes. Users simply map fields required to run a transaction—things like purchase amount, invoice number, and customer information—and instruct what to do post-approval, such as close out a one-time purchase, update customer history, or email a receipt.
Six Top Benefits of No-code Payment Integration
No-code technology is a game-changer for ISVs, developers and their customers interested in quickly and easily adding or expanding payment features into the software used to run their business. It promises businesses agility, security, and adaptability – pillars defining the next era of payment integrations.
- Fast and easy integration: It should take mere minutes to add payment acceptance features to any cloud-based software—POS, PMS, CRM, ERP—using pre-built components and intuitive point-and-click tools. ISVs can concentrate developer resources, including time, money and human capital, on enhancing their core software.
- Full-featured and intuitive: Payment processes launched via a browser extension should feature a point-and-click interface. This allows staff to quickly initiate secure payments for in-person transactions via smart terminals for chip and contactless, securely capture details for phone orders, create and send digital “pay-by-link” invoices, process recharges or refunds, and manage customers’ recurring payment schedules.
- Increased efficiency: Creating workflows between the core business software and a payment provider and automating repetitive tasks helps boost productivity, reduces manual processes and errors, and frees employees to focus on higher-value, customer-facing activities.
- Cost savings: No-code payments should be accessible without significant investments in hardware, software, and development resources. Look for solutions with payment features like ACH bank transfers, an EMV/contactless payment terminal and PIN debit as lower-cost alternatives to paying the transaction rates for key-entered credit card payments.
- Secure and compliant: Using a no-code browser extension featuring security protocols like OAth authentication means no sensitive data is passed through or stored on local systems or networks. PCI compliance is simplified, and exposure to a data breach is reduced significantly.
- Advanced integration options: Some payment features are better supported by low-code technology that uses webhooks and provides more control over the integration process. An omnichannel platform should scale and offer no-code, low-code and RESTful APIs that work together so developers aren’t boxed in.
Do Your Homework
Be sure to look for a full-service payments provider that offers much more than a no-code tech stack and is vested in your success. Choose a partner that supports you and your customers throughout the customer journey. A partner with a single dedicated point of contact, live developer, and customer support will help you achieve your goals.