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How Low-Code/No-Code Can Transform Business – and People’s Lives

No-code/low-code helps digitally transform companies, and also empowers a wide range of people outside of IT departments by giving them new, vital skill sets.

I’ve frequently written about low-code/no-code tools can digitally transform businesses. But it’s easy to forget that the platforms don’t only transform businesses --- they also transform people's lives, and for the better.

The Economist LogoThe Economist’s article “What if all workers wrote software, not just the geek elite?” offers plenty of evidence about how low-code/no-code do both those things.

The article starts out by giving a typical example of the platforms’ benefits. A technician for the Australian telecom firm Telstra wrote an app “that unified 70 messaging systems for reporting phone-line problems.” He did it using low-code/no-code tools despite having never written code before. The result: 1,300 Telstra technicians use the app, saving the company $12 million annually.

Not a bad payoff for a single app written by someone with no coding background.

Because of these kinds of benefits, the article notes, “Such tools are in hot demand.” It points out that only 25 million people worldwide are considered fluent in standard programming languages, according to research firm Evans Data Corporation – 1.4 million fewer than companies need. That’s only going to get worse, according to IDC, which says by 2025 there will be a shortfall of 4 million.

Low Code No Code Citizen DevelopmentThe answer to the problem is to use low-code/no-code platforms. And that’s happening in a dramatic way, according to the article. It notes “IDC reckons the low/no coders numbered 2.6m globally in 2021. It expects their ranks to swell by an average of 40% a year until 2025, three times as fast as the total developer population.”

What’s also happening is that the people who use the platforms to write code are having their lives transformed as well, in often dramatic ways. For example, it notes, “Cheryl Feldman went from a junior position in a hair salon to a technical career at Salesforce, a software firm, thanks to lc/nc [low-code/no-code]. Samit Saini changed jobs after 13 years as a security guard at Heathrow to become an ‘IT solution specialist’ at the airport” after using a low-code/no-code platform.

The article points out that professional developers will continue to be in high demand, but so will those who write using low-code/no-code. It concludes: “Pro devs will continue writing their firms’ core products and mission-critical enterprise systems. But they will increasingly be complemented by legions of enterprising line-of-business workers with a software-development string to their bow. For employers, this means greater productivity. For employees, it could be life-changing. In 2019 the Telstra technician became senior business specialist for field digitisation and has since been promoted again.”

The Best Low-Code/No-Code Platform for Transforming Businesses and People’s Careers

Alpha Software has been working with companies since 2013 to build mobile apps using workers who are not professional coders. The company's mission is to make business app development faster, easier, and more accessible. The Company provides the best products and services for strategic initiatives around digital transformation.

TransForm LogoAlpha TransForm no-code software helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes. The apps can utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Developers can even tie the apps into business process management systems. Get the no-code app builder.

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The company also offers a unique journey map to train these new types of developers on everything from digital technology to cloud computing. Alpha Software offers 1:1 mentoring, where a citizen developer can team up with an experienced developer for development coaching or app troubleshooting. The Company offers free app templates that offer a starting point that people can customize for their use. Alpha Software also has thousands of training videos on YouTube to build basic apps, leverage services like google maps, add machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, and even customize app templates. This type of training can help turn any employee into a proficient modern business app developer.

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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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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.

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