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Gartner: 3 Steps for Harnessing the Disruptive Power of Low-Code

To harness the power of low-code technologies, businesses should select the right low-code technologies to solve business problems, adapt development practices to maximize productivity and value, and embrace democratized delivery models.

Not sure how your business can best unleash the power of low-code platforms? Gartner has help for you – a three-step process for releasing all the value those platforms have to offer.

Jason Wong Gartner on low-codeIt’s all laid out in “Harness the Disruptive Powers of Low-Code: A Gartner Trend Insight Report.” by Gartner Analyst Jason Wong.

The report starts by claiming that by 2025, a full 70% of new applications created by enterprises will be built using low-code/no-code, compared to under 25% in 2020. Because of that, the report says, it’s vital that businesses use those platforms in the right way.

Following are the three steps the report recommends.

#1 Select the Right Low-Code Technologies to Solve Business Problems

Gartner says you should first clearly understand the difference between low-code and no-code, and look at the platforms based on what they actually do rather than on what term vendors use to describe them. Next, clearly look at the different solutions and match them against your company’s tactical and strategic needs. Because automation is key to digital transformation, analyze how well the platforms provide automation.

#2 Adapt Development Practices to Maximize Productivity and Value

Companies shouldn’t use low-code in only isolated instances, Gartner recommends. Instead, the report points out, “Low-code development must work in unison with ‘traditional’ coding workstreams.” Beyond that, businesses should make sure they use low-code for the right use cases. Customer- or partner-facing applications and processes, the report contends, are idea business-critical uses.

Engineering leaders need to play close attention to the challenges the platforms have related to “release management, disaster recovery, audit, and security testing,” the report says. In addition, a good deal of attention needs to be paid to integrating low-code with DevOps tools. Finally, technical debt can become an issue with low-code platform. The report says managing technical debt requires that business, IT and developer stakeholders stay in close coordination.

#3 Embrace Democratized Delivery Models to Expand Business Value

Low-code and no-code platforms lead to an entirely new way that information and technology capabilities are delivered in businesses. Traditionally, IT has been the sole deliverer of that, but with low-code and no-code that’s no longer the case. Now individual departments deliver that as well. In addition to that, the report notes, there are now “fusion teams” across IT and business units.

Gartner low code software researchThat doesn’t mean it should be a free-for-all. Gartner says tech professionals need to be in the driver’s seat: “Application and software engineering leaders need to effectively coordinate, manage and govern all these different developers using different low-code technologies.” The leaders should define best practices and develop an integration strategy.

Importantly, Gartner says, this should not be a “one-size-fits-all approach. Different tools and initiatives will require nuanced approaches to governing their deliverables and connecting to other workstreams.”

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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