In 15 words or less
Showing an idea is feasible before you commit to building it (or buying).
In a few more words
A proof of concept (POC) is kind of what it sounds like: a way of showing that an idea or concept is actually viable. It could be a basic prototype of an app, testing a process, a demo or something else entirely – as long as it shows the idea works properly, is technically feasible, and that any potential problems are showcased. It could be for new software integration, new feature testing, hardware prototyping, optimising processes or evaluating a new technology or framework. In the world of software development, POCs are so important because of the time and cash involved in building or integrating something new. You need to know the concept is sound.
Why do you need to know?
It’s an important step in the development process. Validating your idea works – and is something actually worth pursuing – is obviously an unmissable step when it comes to software development. You need to know your app will meet user requirements and perform the function you need it to. It’ll also highlight any big problems very early on.
A POC is different when building with no-code. Given the speed and relative ease with which you can build apps with no-code, a POC can be slightly different in its scope/scale than in traditional software development. But it’s still important – particularly if you’re working on a complex or ambitious project that requires integrations with external systems or tools. Plus, you might need one if you need buy-in from other stakeholders in your business.
No-code platforms often offer it. If you’re at the buying stage – or at least speaking to the salespeople of different no-code platforms – it’s pretty likely they’ll offer a POC as part of any negotiation. That’s a chance for them to show you they can solve your problems and build the app you need.
‘Why are you POCing your nose into my software project?’
‘We built a simple prototype as a proof of concept and put it in front of some customers. They loved it.’