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Low-Code Trends: A Look Back at 2020

Low code trends Analysts have released data showing what businesses did with low code software in 2020.

Low-code app development has been growing like gangbusters. Forrester estimates that the low code development platform market will grow more than 40 percent a year and reach $21.2 billion by 2022. Gartner forecasts that more than 65 percent of app development would be done via low code application platforms by 2024.

Now that the year is coming to a close, it’s time to take a look at what have been the year’s low-code development trends. Here are some of the most important ones, according to an article in Impact.

Almost 60 percent of all custom apps are now built outside of the IT department, the article claims. And of those 60 percent, 30 percent are being built by employees who have limited or no technical development skills.

In addition, 82% of companies report that “citizen developers” – business experts with very little or no coding experience – are becoming more important in their development plans. That’s due, of course, to low-code platforms.

That doesn’t mean that non-developers have taken over app development, though. The article claims that professional IT staff is still driving most development. Sixty-nine percent of businesses using low-code development tools say that IT staff are the main users of those tools. That makes clear that low-code solutions aren’t only for citizen developers. They’re for experienced developers as well.

Citizen development is still not the majority: 69% percent of businesses using low-code development tools say that IT staff are still the main users of those tools. Only 30% of apps are built by citizen developers without coding experience.

Perhaps because low-code has such a wide range of uses, the article says low-code development tools will be used for more than 65 percent of all application development work.

The article also provides some insight into how much more productive development work has become in 2020 thanks for low-code tools. It says that 72 percent of low-code developers now build applications in three months or less. By way of contrast, the article says, it takes six months or more – even up to years – for developers to build applications with traditional development tools.

Developers using low code tools builds apps in 3 months or less versus native development which takes 6 months or more.

Low-code app platforms have become more powerful over the years, and by 2020 are up to the highest enterprise quality levels according to the article. It reports that 68 percent of IT developers say low-code tools are well-suited for building mission-critical applications. And a full 80% of them say the use of low-code tools can free up developers to work on higher-level projects.

68% of developers say low code is well-suited for mission critical business applications. With over 50% of developers using low code in 2020.

It also appears that 2020 was a breakthrough year for low-code tools. The article notes that back in 2019, 37 percent of developers were already using or planning on using low-code tools. But by the middle of 2020, it estimates that number had risen to more than 50 percent. The growth will only continue. The article says that by 2022, the low-code market will be worth more than $27 billion (more than Gartner forecasts), up from $1.7 billion in 2015.

The Best Low Code Software

Build low code apps for freeGiven what experts predict businesses will need from their low code development software in 2021, having a flexible and robust low code platform will be critical.

Alpha Anywhere is an award-winning low code development software with the features and capabilities that business apps require. Alpha Anywhere is well-suited for companies of all sizes that want to build powerful business applications and apps that run flawlessly on any iOS or Android tablet or smartphone, as well as desktops.

The software is top-rated by customers and features powerful integration capabilities, enterprise security and robust offline apps.  

Citizen developers without coding experience can leverage Alpha's sister product, Alpha TransForm, a no-code product that enables citizen developers to build mobile data collection apps, such as mobile forms. Learn to become a citizen 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.