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Why Low-Code/No-Code Development Will Dominate AppDev

Low-code and no-code development platforms have long been popular with developers and non-developers for building applications without writing code. Companies have slowly adopted the software to speed the development process for mobile applications. But beginning in 2021, these solutions, which include low code software, drag and drop tools and visual modeling, will begin to dominate the development world.

build apps with low code and no codeSo concludes the article “Low-code and no-code tools may finally usher in the era of ‘citizen developers’.” It points out that the era of “citizen developers” will soon arrive in companies ranging from large enterprises to small businesses. And CIOs, rather than fighting it, will welcome it with open arms.

The article quotes from a variety of analyst studies about just how widespread low-code/no-code will become. A Gartner forecast says three-quarters of large enterprises will use four low-code development tools or more by 2024. Perhaps even more important, the forecast says low-code platforms will be responsible for more than 65 percent of all application development by that year.

In addition, Verified Market Research says the low-code/low-code market will grow more than 44 percent each year through 2026. It will reach $112.43 billion by then, the research shows.

A Developer Shortage and Digital TransFormation are Driving Low-Code and No-Code Adoption

Multiple factors are helping drive the surge towards low-code/no-code, the article says. A big one is the “growing shortage of professional developers.” The article cites one estimate that there are now 660,000 open jobs for software developers, but only 75,000 graduating computer science majors every year.

Beyond that, the article says, “The digital transformation craze that has taken hold in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will only drive demand higher.” The article cites a forecast from the U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics that says demand for software developers and software quality assurance analysts will grow at a rate five faster more than all other jobs through the end of the 2020s.

Greynier Fuentes, vice president of Digital Solutions at VeriTran Holding Ltd. BVI explains, “There’s not enough developers in the world to meet the ever-increasing demand for code and it’s going to get worse,” said. And Avon Puri, global chief digital officer at venture capital firm Sequoia Capital Operations LLC, adds, “Typically IT teams are under-resourced to meet all the needs of the organization. Every single CIO is at the point where technology is integrated into every process.”

More Citizen Developers are Using Low-Code and No-Code Solutions 

Another factor, the article says is, “IT organizations are also becoming more comfortable with letting business-side colleagues get their hands dirty. Corporate databases are still tightly controlled, but applications such as workflow automation, forms-oriented data collection and analytical processing that are the sweet spot of low-code/no-code technology generally don’t touch the crown jewels and are considered low priority for professional developers.”

CIOs are Now Embracing Low-Code

CIOs are embracing the platforms with open arms. The article cites a Gartner report which found 41 percent of CIOs already have citizen development projects, and another 20 percent have projects in the evaluation or planning phases.

Gartner reports that 41% of CIOs already have citizen development projects that involve low-code or no-code products.

The result of all this? The article quotes Arnal Dayaratna, research director for software development at International Data Corp: “There’s a strong feeling that successful enterprises will evolve to a model in which everyone has some training in software development, whether as a professional, a low-code developer or a business resource that’s skilled at providing requirements. We’re entering a world where we’ll all be developers.”

The Best No-Code/Low-Code Software for You

no-code app builderAlpha Software is ideal for those looking to buy the best no-code/low-code platform. Alpha Software products are well-suited for companies of all sizes that want to build powerful business applications and apps. Alpha TransForm no-code software helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Learn more about Alpha TransForm and try it free for 30 days.

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If you need to take apps further, Alpha Anywhere low-code development software has the unique ability to rapidly create mobile-optimized forms and field apps that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. Build apps for free with Alpha Anywhere Community Edition.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
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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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