By 2024, IT research and consultancy giant Gartner predicts that 65%of all app development will be made low-code application. That’s a few codes away from no-code and its im plications are expected to be felt in the software industry. Software provider giants will need to continue simplifying their business solutions and allow faster customization which some no-code software like Zapier and Github are doing. Investment from multi-national companies will continue to rise as citizen development becomes more accessible.
With a promising future for low-code and no-code, it seems there are fears that no-code will replace coding. As we discussed in our previous article, it will NOT replace code.
Coding is needed to create platforms and templates that non-technical coders can use. With the power of code, no-code lets more people turn their ideas into reality. However, no-code will not only enable citizen developers but also help out coders as well. Read this article to see how low-code/no-codec an help developers.
Skill shortages in the technology industry have been reported based on Boston-based Mendix’s research. Nearly 57% say the number of staff needed for software development is increasing as well as the cost for software development. These demands are being filled by low-code/ no-code with almost77% of businesses adopting it. This situation might allow companies to bring major software projects back on track after the pandemic setback. It can also lower costs and maximize productivity within the company.
It can also help IT focus on more demanding tasks rather than spending time on simple yet work-intensive parts of the project. In an interview with Deb Gildersleeve, CIO of Quickbase, she said “We believe that IT needs to spend more time thinking about how technology impacts people. Tools that eliminate menial and time-consuming tasks help save time and energy to focus on the bigger picture issues that make people’s lives easier.”
Low-code/no-code does not eliminate developers. Rather, they optimize the role of IT by helping modernize legacy systems, eliminate technical debt, and enable the rapid creation of applications for faster turnaround. It saves the developer from the mind-numbing and time-consuming grunt work of coding the UI from scratch and lets them start with something to get going. They even allow developers to focus and optimize on one of the most important aspects of the project which is the backend logic and architecture.
By adoption of the low-code/no-code development. enterprise software environments will become hybrid with a combination of custom coding for the more complex business processes while low-code/no-code platforms for the other parts. Low-code/no-code can automatically generate developer-friendly frontend code in languages like React, Vue.js, and HTML that will benefit developers.
According to Nuno Pedro, Head of commerce for SAP Customer Experience, this hybrid approach can be a best practice in programming that allows for building reusable components, and with a hybrid low-code application platform a developer can, for example, code a connector to integrate an internal CRM solution and thenshare it with other development teams in the company.
One example is how it impacts single sign-in (SSO)authorization. According to Datawiza, low-code/no-code can help by
According to another expert, Shiv Ramji, chief product officer of Auth0, the shortened software development lifecycle speeds uptime-to-market, improves flexibility, and allows developers to focus on core innovation. Low-code/no-code solutions also allows the application of agile development strategy where the evaluation and iteration are faster and more efficient. We have discussed the agile methodology and how it perfectly fits no-code development HERE.
No-code can help maximize time and productivity within the team to launch websites faster and easier. As a business, agencies that will fuse code and low-code/no-code will definitely see reduced time on the development side. This can give more options for clients to expand their projects or make way for new clients.
Some professional developers might initially shun the idea of using no-code thinking it’s a toy. However, teams who have adopted low-code/no-code n their process saw the benefit it gave. The drag-and-drop API access, data mapping and form building are big timesavers which relieve them of that part and focus on critical tasks. There’s no need to pit them together in an arena since having them work together is the better solution. Now that technology adoption has been accelerated during the pandemic the demand for faster and better is at its highest. And to meet these two, both technical and logic is needed which low-code/no-code can lend to the software development industry.