Is the adoption of low-code software inevitable? Here's what the data says.
There’s a lot of evidence that low-code/no-code platforms are revolutionizing the way programming is being done today, and will be done in the future. Some of that evidence is anecdotal, but more and more is based on real business data and surveys.
A survey, “The Rise of the No-Code Economy, A Tech Revolution: Why Now,” details in a more comprehensive way why the low-code./no-code revolution is taking hold, and offers three reasons why it’s happening.
The survey found that tech professionals are far more familiar with the platforms than non-programmers. It found that only 34 percent of non-tech employees are familiar with them, compared to 81 percent of people who work in IT. It also found that the platforms have only truly started to take off in the last year: 71 percent of people in IT who use them adopted them in the last year.
The survey also offers three reasons why low-code/no-code is becoming ascendant:
Reason 1: Rapid Digital Transformation Requires New Tools and New Thinking
The survey notes that the pandemic “has rapidly changed every aspect of our lives. From working remotely to needing to eliminate in-person and paper-based processes, businesses were left scrambling to figure out how to adjust and become more agile.”
It goes on to say: “Although no-code tools have been in existence since the 1980s, the need to digitize all processes across all departments pushed organizations to look for tools that could be adopted quickly, easily, and with little ramp time. No-code tools were often the answer to the struggles brought forth by this extreme digital transformation.”
Reason 2: Workplace demographics are changing
The survey points out: “Gen Z continues to enter the workforce and change the demographics of organizations. As the first truly digitally native generation, they have limited patience for archaic systems, slow processes, and inefficient workflows.”
A Microsoft report “Unlocking the UK's potential with digital skills” also concludes that Gen Z are a big driver of low-code/no-code use. It says Gen Z is “a new generation of workers who, enabled by low-code and no-code technology, are armed with both high consumptive skills and burgeoning productive capabilities.”
Reason 3: Employees need more autonomy
Finally, the survey points out “In today’s fast-paced, digital-first environment, employees expect to have more control over their operations, projects, and workflows. This includes non-technical workers who want to push forward on projects without having to wait on IT resources, as well as technical workers who want to speed up development and building proofs of concept.”
It goes on to say: “Without access to no-code, self-serve tools, employees are limited in their ability to create solutions, adapt processes, and address issues. In these situations, they must heavily rely on the skills, experience, and time of those in IT. Yet this demand continues to overwhelm many IT departments.”
The solution to the problem: Low-code/no-code platforms.
The Best Low-Code/No-Code Platform for Developers
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