No code, no problem. Low-code, no-code platforms allow users to quickly build software applications without having to write their own code. This game-changing method is a fast and efficient way to develop applications without hiring a developer or writing code from scratch.
Why is this so important? The digitization of business across all industries has created a situation where the need to produce new software applications completely outstrips the capacity of trained developers, IT professionals, SREs (site reliability engineers) and other technical staff. However, there is a lot of untapped potential among non-technical workers, and codeless can help these employees bridge the gap of unmet software needs—while better aligning business needs with IT strategy and implementation. Low-to-no-coding tools enable companies to use automation to streamline business and IT operations and take a proactive, proactive approach to digital operations in a variety of environments.
Low-code and no-code platforms often have drag-and-drop interfaces, allowing users to quickly build applications using pre-built components. They can also be used to automate complex processes and tasks. IT departments can easily monitor all applications from a single controlled environment, whether on-premises or in the cloud. While some companies that manage extensive internal infrastructure or sensitive financial or customer data prefer an on-premises model, cloud-based platforms allow for more fluid automation and reduced maintenance costs.
This approach is spreading like wildfire. According to Fortune Business Insights, the global market for low-code development platforms is forecast to grow from around $14 billion in 2021 to $95 billion by 2028, at a CAGR of 31.6% from 2021 to 2028.
By using low-code and no-code tools to empower employees, organizations can enhance their innovation potential and ensure better harmony between business and IT by having citizen developers create applications based on their business needs, all in collaboration with IT . This helps reduce the workload for DevOps and IT engineers, allowing them to focus more on innovation and projects that require sophisticated coding.
Ongoing digitization and the increasing number of remote workers will further facilitate the implementation of solutions without coding. Leveraging SaaS for development environments can help organizations overcome skills and talent shortages while offering training and support. No Coding will reduce the talent gap between professional developers and individuals with little or no prior coding experience and reduce the pressure on IT—setting the stage for the future of our modern workforce.
Now we’ll take a look at some of the platforms that enable the citizen developer and how they’re changing the workforce.
A sample platform without and with low code
Microsoft’s Power Apps is a suite of cloud-based software services used to build custom business applications. It allows users to create applications based on data from templates or connect to data sources such as SharePoint, Dynamics 365, Salesforce and others. Power Apps also integrates with Microsoft Flow, Office 365, and Power BI, allowing users to automate processes, create custom visualizations, and create powerful workflows. It provides a graphical interface for creating applications and automating processes without writing code.
Betty Blocks is a cloud-based platform where users build apps using a drag-and-drop visual development environment. It also provides an API-driven platform with features including automation, integrations and collaboration. Companies use it to build custom apps, websites, and other digital assets. It is the first no-code platform that is ISO 27001 certified and runs on Microsoft Azure, optimizing security and creating an enterprise-level organizational system tailored to business needs.
SAP announced Build, a low-code development and automation solution, at TechEd 2022. The company aims to arm executives and decision makers in organizations so that anyone can build and extend applications and automate tasks and processes on the SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). SAP Build enables non-developers to create business applications, automate processes and design business pages without writing code. Built-in governance and lifecycle management help foster collaboration between business and development teams and prevent technical and management conflicts that can arise from “shadow IT.” The pre-built connectors and business content within SAP Build are compatible with SAP and non-SAP systems, so they are easy to integrate.
Alignment of business priorities and IT strategy
Involving employees in aligning business goals and IT strategy drives innovation and increases employee engagement, which ultimately creates greater business value. In the era of digital transformation in all categories, IT can no longer be ignored or considered only utilitarian. Alignment of IT and business is paramount to business success. However, a lack of resources in organizations makes citizen developers and low- or no-code tools increasingly critical to success.
For example, companies across all industries have said they need to prioritize artificial intelligence and machine learning (ML), but the need for more development talent has limited that adoption. Amazon SageMaker Canvas enables business analysts to generate accurate ML predictions without prior machine learning experience or coding knowledge through its point-and-click graphical interface. Analysts can easily connect, integrate and analyze various cloud and on-premise data sources through the tool. Furthermore, they can build ML models with one click and make individual or group predictions. Additionally, analysts can collaborate and send models to data scientists in SageMaker Studio for review and feedback.
Low-code or no-code solutions allow people in the organization to quickly test and iterate ideas by building a prototype or minimum viable product (MVP) and drastically reduce the time it takes to receive feedback on a project. Instead of taking months to code and manually develop a prototype, this process can be completed in days. This speed saves organizations money and reduces the risk of investing in a failed project.
Most low-content, no-coding platforms require little or no experience and have communities and resources to help users through the process. Even better, retraining or upskilling employees has been shown to have significant positive effects on the organization. A recent study found that 62% of employees said that additional training and learning made them feel more motivated at work, and 45% cited the opportunity for training and reskilling as reasons for staying with their current employer.
In addition to intelligently reallocating scarce resources, companies benefit from operational efficiency when workers can automate mundane or repetitive tasks and focus on higher-level strategic work. Companies that educate and train employees not only derive additional benefits from allowing employees to solve their own technical problems, but also open up opportunities for employees to advance in their careers.
Low-code, no-code puts the power of efficiency in the hands of a new generation of corporate professionals who are more tech-savvy, instinctive about using digital tools, and want the ability to create solutions and expand their skills quickly. The initiative to improve the teaching of new skills is especially crucial for companies that want to create a fairer and more equal workforce while allowing for employee growth and opportunity. As the developer talent gap narrows and tools become easier to use and widely available, this is a great opportunity for companies looking to empower their modern workforce.
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