No Code Database Software in 2023 | Blaze

Demand for custom built applications is accelerating. 

To remain competitive, organizations need secure, real-time access to data – but data isn’t enough. Organizations also need the ability to create custom tools, apps, and workflows on top of all of this data. Why? So they can harness this data to better serve their clients.  

Thanks to the rise of no-code and low-code development, businesses are able to develop their own custom built apps that save them money, time, and labor. 

In fact, Bloomberg reports that by 2024, 65% of all custom business applications will be no-code developed. This is a huge change from the days of high-code solutions. 

No-code database software development options like Blaze.Tech are really changing the game. 

You no longer need to hire an expensive developer. And you no longer need to stress over trying to understand high-code software development. Long gone are the days of spreadsheet chaos, reconciling data, and struggling to keep accurate records. 

Today, anyone can build and launch web apps and tools in minutes. The best part? These apps and tools can be built on top of a no-code database. 

Below, we’ll explore how you can do this. 

What Is No-Code Database Software Anyways?

Before we explain how to set up a no-code database and before we explain how you can build apps/tools on top of this database, let’s start with the basics. 

Chances are that you already know something about no-code database software. That’s why you’re here. But because no-code solutions are somewhat new, there are a lot of unknowns. Consider this a quick refresher to make sure we’re all on the same page.

Simply put: Database software is software to create databases that store, manage, search, and extract information within the database. 

In other words, it’s software that dramatically reduces the amount of time you spend managing data. 

Here are some real life examples of database software use:

  • Healthcare. Healthcare organizations like LabCorp or Quest, which conducts blood tests and other diagnostic services for patients hold all of that patient data in databases. When you login to check your test results, that web interface is pulling information from their database. 
  • Streaming. When was the last time you used Netflix, Hulu, or Disney Plus? It doesn’t matter what streaming service you use. They all use database software to manage, store, and serve the content you want to watch.
  • Warehouses. How do products get from Point A to Point B? Data warehouse software is what makes shipping companies like Amazon so efficient. They can track all the way from product storage to product delivery.
  • eCommerce. Shopping online is easy! Selling online would be a lot harder than it is without database software. Software allows shop owners to organize products, inventory, pricing, customer information, promo codes, and purchasing history.

Sounds convenient, right?

Well, database software just got an upgrade.

No-code database software is software that requires little to absolutely zero coding on your end. 

You don’t need to be a computer programmer or expert coder.

Those days are now in the history of database software.

Today, you can set up a no-code database from scratch. All it takes is a few clicks. Yes, it really is that easy! No coding skills are necessary. Now that you understand the history of databases, you can fully appreciate the simplicity of no-code solutions. 

Here’s how you can do it.

How to Set Up A No-Code Database

With Blaze.Tech, it takes just 3 minutes to set up a no-code database.

Follow these two simple steps.

  1. Make a list of all your external data.

    Odds are that you have data stored in multiple places. Perhaps your company uses Google Sheets or Excel for record keeping. Do you use HubSpot for marketing? What about DocuSign for managing contracts? Do your accountants use Intuit Quickbooks to handle finances? Do your customer service reps use Zendesk to handle inquiries?

    Track down all the different platforms you use that handle data. During this step, you’ll also want to get the log-in information for each platform.

    Creating a no-code database is about simplifying your existing data. This allows you to build on top of it while keeping everything manageable. Once you’ve created this list and have the log-in information, you can move onto step two.

  2. Log-in and sync data with Blaze.

    Again, no coding is needed. Thanks to pre-built integrations, you can import all of your data into Blaze. It’s as simple as signing into your external accounts and allowing Blaze to do the rest!

    If you’ve ever logged into an app using Facebook or a Google account, it’s just like that! Blaze prioritizes security, so you can trust that every piece of data is safe and secure. In fact, many Fortune 500 companies and healthcare organizations trust us because of our security features. We are HIPAA compliant, have SSO and 2FA, and offer a full suite of similar enterprise security features.

    In other words, all you have to do is import your data! Blaze takes care of the rest and will transform it into an online database for your business.

And there you have it! It couldn’t be any easier. 

But what if you want to create your own database? What if you need your own custom solution?

With Blaze, you can bring your own vision to life. Our online database software platform allows you to build a database from scratch. You can:

  • Create data fields, link records together, and link tables together.
  • Add formulas and equations to automate your data.
  • Update your existing spreadsheets to easily bring data into Blaze.
  • Manage all this data with no-code.

Most of our clients are able to set up their no-code database in as little as 3 minutes. But we know that syncing data isn’t enough. You want to be able to manage, organize, and sort through your data. Once your database is set-up, you can customize however you need.

When you use Blaze, you are using a distributed database software. In non-technical terms, we are a cloud database. This means that your data updates in realtime. Perhaps more importantly, this also means that multiple users can access and manipulate data at the same time.

But this is just the beginning.

What good is organizing your data if you can’t use it?

External database software such as Blaze allows you to build apps and tools on top of your newly created database. So in addition to eliminating spreadsheet chaos, you can better utilize your data than ever before!

Let’s take a closer look.

How to Build Your Own Apps And Tools On Top of Your No-Code Database

Once you’ve mastered the general management of data, it’s time to put that data to use.

One of the features that sets Blaze apart as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider is that we are the all-in-one no-code builder.

Need no-code database software? Check.

Need a no-code app builder? We do that, too. 

An intuitive drag-and-drop creator allows you to build your own apps and tools without knowing any coding. Easily add tables, external data, forms, and much more. You might be surprised at how much you can build and customize. Consider some of the apps and tools you can build:

Create Custom Forms

You’re no longer limited by pre-built forms and templates. You can build your own custom intake forms that sync automatically with your no-code database. Putting this form on a website? You can even add styling, prompts, and other design elements to the form. Once the form is done, all you need to do is click an existing table in your database. You’ll have the option to link the form directly to the database. Once connected, the data will update automatically.

Create Filters & Advanced Search Options

Need to dive deeper into your newly created web-enabled database? You can do this through creating filters and advanced search options. Filters allow you to sort data in any way you want. It also makes it easy to group data together, analyze patterns, and better understand data relationships. Blaze allows you to filter data in the ways that you need. Apply this to the tables in your database where you want to dive deeper into the data. 

Create a Custom Dashboard and Reports

The dashboard is as simple as drag-and-drop. Select the key components you want on your dashboard, then drag and drop them into place! This can be done in a few minutes without any coding. Furthermore, you can create custom reports so you can share data with your team. Team members can even download your reports! You can add the feature for downloading and exporting data onto your Blaze dashboards.

Automate Your Workflows

Ever wish you could just automate something the way you want to? Instead, many “tools” have preset automated features that are too generic to be helpful. Well, because Blaze is a no-code app builder, you can create and automate your own workflows. You can create task statuses, approval workflows, and even automate reminders and notifications to your team. All of this data is synced with your database.

Create a Customer Portal

Not only can you create a customer portal (without coding!), but you can also keep that data organized in your database. Thanks to our HIPAA compliance and 2FA, SSO, and audit logs, you can securely utilize this for billing, updating customer records, and upgrading subscriptions. Any future changes will automatically update with the associated profile in your database.

Creating and deploying an app has never been easier!

What Are the Six Subtypes of Database Software?

At Blaze, we recognize the six subtypes of database software. This is why we are able to serve organizations ranging from small startups to large, national healthcare organizations. Our Basic and Growth plans support most needs. For more robust resources, we offer custom services. 

The six subtypes include:

  1. Analytic Database Software. This is the best means of performing data analysis. You can quickly manage big data for business applications and services. It’s known for its quick response time.

  2. Data warehouse software. Think of this as a central location for your database. Reports, insights, and data are pulled from multiple sources. However, all of these databases are stored in a central location – or a “data warehouse.” A central location helps ensure data integrity and makes it easier to identify and fix inconsistencies.

  3. Distributed database software. In a way, this is an inverse of data warehouse software. With this subtype, data is stored in multiple locations. But even though the data is stored separately, they are managed with a centralized database management system. This allows for local autonomy while maintaining security.

  4. End user database software. As the term “end user” suggests, this subtype is focused on one person accessing the data. This one person is the “end user,” for whom the database software is built. Because it’s only being accessed by one person, this is usually a desktop database. Rather than being stored externally, the database is stored on the actual computer used by the end user.

  5. External database software. Everything is kept externally, typically in the cloud. A variety of users can access this database, which makes it perfect for collaboration.

  6. Operation database software. “Operational” databases allow you to modify data in real-time. This is often used in the finance industry. Businesses also utilize it for customer relationship management. 

While there are many subtypes of database software, Blaze remains the all-in-one builder of choice. 

From basic solutions to enterprise needs, our top goal is to allow you to develop web-based applications without any coding experience. 

What’s the Difference Between Relational and Non-Relational Databases?

A relational database is a collection of items that have a pre-defined relationship. These are usually organized in a set of tables with columns and rows. You might hear some people refer to this as “tabular form.” The pre-defined relationship of data (or “relational operators”) is used to manipulate the table. 

This is used by many enterprise database management systems that need real-time apps. 

Non-relational databases, on the other hand, don’t have those relational operators. In other words, this data isn’t limited to a table of columns and rows. A non-relational database can store big data, even if it is unstructured or semi-structured.

Because each software has its own strengths and weaknesses, they have a different coding and querying language.

Fortunately, with Blaze, you don’t have to worry about that.

You can customize your dashboard on Blaze without any code. The data you need will be presented beautifully. We’ll handle everything on the backend. Because we integrate with so many providers, you can easily bring in external data. 

What’s the Difference Between On-Premise and Hosted Software?

As the name suggests, on-premise software is actually hosted at an organization’s physical location. This is the easiest way to differentiate between on premise vs hosted software. If something is literally at the business’s location, it is “on-premise.”

But if the database is in the cloud, then it’s a hosted database software, as it is “hosted” somewhere else. 

With Blaze, you don’t have to worry about these technicalities. 

We allow organizations to be scalable because we are flexible.

Learn more about why Fortune 500 companies trust us as the smarter no-code platform.