Knack Blog

The Knack team on web applications, online databases, and beautifully designed products.


Should I consider a no code tool?

12/08/2022 Posted by Maria

No code is a relatively new take on software development that business analysts, operations workers, and other semi-technical problem solvers build applications without the need to write code. It’s a form of rapid application development, or RAD, that makes the development of apps easier and more approachable for those with little to no coding experience. This is great for those with experience creating pivot tables and manipulating data in spreadsheets, but want to make the data more secure, more accessible to teammates, and easier to take action on through an approval or forms based data collection process. Through no-code software like Knack, the power of an online database becomes much more accessible to all interests and skill sets. 

Of course, nothing would be possible without actual code going into the design – but the front end experience that you need for your end users is easy to configure and assemble with components that are available out of the box. Without the coding behind it, no code technology simply wouldn’t be possible.

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Why Your Business Needs a Source of Truth

11/10/2022 Posted by Maria

In a world where businesses are more reliant on advanced technology than ever before, organizations must implement systems capable of efficiently managing their online database and workflows. Establishing a source of truth transforms your approach to business process automation and interdepartmental communications.

This guide to the source of truth will answer all your key questions on the subject, including but not limited to:

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Understanding Usability with No Code

11/02/2022 Posted by Maria

When it comes to User Experience (UX) design, it doesn’t matter how much experience you have, or what platform you’re using; it matters that you understand exactly what it is your users are looking for, what they need, and what appeals to them. You’re streamlining their experience through their design interaction.

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Application Performance Environment Update: Oct 2022

10/11/2022 Posted by Brandon

This October brought an exciting milestone to Knack – the completion of the customer migration to an entirely new performance environment.

Two years ago, the Knack team decided to fundamentally change how we store your Knack application data. Now, 99%+ of customers are in this new environment and the remainder of 2022 and 2023 will bring exciting updates to the product and your application’s performance.

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Taking “You” out of the equation with automated approvals

02/01/2022 Posted by Ranasha

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The manual approval process is the “dinosaur” of business processes.

Saying yes is the key to accomplishing almost everything in an organization. An example is the approval of the organization’s annual budget by the board of directors or developing an idea to launch a product. These approvals are often required by other departments as well.

Work often needs to be approved by managers and directors in any organization before it can officially begin or move to the next step. In many companies, the process of approving or rejecting work is standardized.

However, these processes can be slow, outdated, and delayed if not thoughtfully created and optimized. While most companies are beginning to digitize approval processes, they are not yet actively automating them, leading to lower productivity and efficiency.

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Managing a Distributed Workforce with No Code

12/15/2021 Posted by Ranasha


With advances in technology and communications, it has become easier for organizations to seamlessly manage their distributed teams. According to IDC, the number of remote workers in the United States is expected to increase from 78.5 million to 93.5 million by 2024, as companies deploy more remote employees and automate their processes to support them.

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5 Reasons Your Business Needs a Pipeline

09/13/2021 Posted by Ranasha


Whether you know it or not, you probably use pipelines in your business. But, how do you know if you’re using them to their full potential?  Knack can help.

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Why Your Business Needs a Source of Truth

05/21/2021 Posted by Danielle


Data is awesome. It is the backbone of so much of what we do…, especially in business. It allows us to have robust online databases to store customer information and functional workflow automation so monotonous parts of our jobs can be done for us.

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Learn How to Extend Your Knack App to Interactive Displays With Intuiface

10/16/2020 Posted by Ranasha

Presented by Alex Bernier at the Intuiface Virtual User Conference


We love to hear how our customers are using Knack! We also appreciate it when they share their Knack knowledge and use cases with others. 

Knack is most often used as a complete solution that combines the power of a relational database with an intuitive, web-based user interface. But Knack can also be effectively paired with other UI platforms for specific use cases. In the coming weeks, we'll be hearing from Knack customer Alex Bernier, who has done just that.

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Knack Expert Interview: Mike Moore on Empowering Citizen Developers

08/19/2020 Posted by Jeremy


UK Knack partner Mike Moore shares wisdom on how to convince your organization to give no-code a try, how to find and empower citizen developers, and apply Lean principles to bring your operations to the next level.

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