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Why No-Code/Low-Code Is a Developer’s – and IT’s – Best Friend

There's a developer shortageWith developer shortages everywhere, 77% of IT leaders in a recent survey say low-code and no-code development software is a trend they can't afford to miss.

We’ve long known that we’re going through a developer shortage. And it’s only getting worse, thanks to the pandemic and to the need for businesses to digitally transform themselves. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says the U.S. will have a shortage of more than 1.2 million engineers by 2026.

Staff augmentation firm Daxx warns, “As of 2021, the global talent shortage already amounts to 40M skilled workers worldwide. By 2030, the global talent shortage is predicted to reach 85.2M workers. Сompanies worldwide risk losing $8.4T in revenue because of the lack of skilled talent.”

A lot has been written about how no-code/low-code can help citizen developers and line-of-business experts write applications, helping to allay the shortage and speeding up digital transformation. But there’s an often-overlooked benefits of the platforms: They can help developers write better applications more quickly and improve their productivity – and help solve the problem of the developer shortage.

ZDNet on low-code no-code software trendsSo says the ZDNet article “Turns out low-code and no-code is valuable to professional developers, too.” The article explains, “Low-code and no-code aren't just about enabling citizen developers to get out and build their own applications. And it isn't just about freeing up professional developers from having to build and deploy low-level applications. Low-code and no-code solutions are also tools for developers themselves, making their own jobs easier and enabling them to put together business-critical pre-built application components rapidly.”

This isn’t happening in some far-off future. It’s happening today. A recent survey by Mendix found, “The global pandemic dramatically accelerated the interest in and use of enterprise low-code, a technology trend that had already been well underway prior to the pandemic. The findings reveal that 77% of enterprises in six countries have already adopted low-code, and 75% of IT leaders said it's a trend they can't afford to miss.”

IT leaders envision a kind of hybrid future for their development work, in which no-code/low-code becomes the default for professional developers building basic applications. Hand-coding will be used for more complex work.

Dr. Rod Fontecilla Dovel Technologies on no-code low-code and developer trendsDr. Rod Fontecilla, SVP, chief innovation officer and chief data scientist at Dovel Technologies, explained it this way to ZDNet: "As these low-code/no-code platforms gain in penetration, enterprise software environments will become hybrid with a combination of custom coding for the most complex business processes and the use of low-code/no-code platforms for all others.”

SAP on low code no code and developersNuno Pedro, head of commerce for SAP Customer Experience, added, "A best practice in programming is to build reusable components, and with a hybrid low-code application platform a developer can, for example, code a connector to integrate an internal CRM solution and then share it with other development teams in the company.”

Perforce software on low code development trendsRod Cope, chief technology officer at Perforce Software, sums it up like this: "Many development teams are now realizing that drag-and-drop API access, data mapping and form building are big timesavers -- which don't threaten their jobs. Implementing tools that accelerate this work allows time to get to the endless list of more interesting, complex work faster.”

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The Best No-Code/Low-Code Software for Professional Developers and IT

Alpha Software offers the best no-code/low-code application platform for professional developers and IT. The software offers robust offline capabilities (on-device data lookups), data and workflow integration, enterprise security, and bar code scanning. Alpha 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 systemsAlpha Anywhere low code app development software lets developers build apps for free has the unique ability to rapidly create applications and mobile forms that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. 

TL;DR Summary: No-code/cow-code powers up professional developer’s capabilities, helps IT confront the ongoing developer shortage.

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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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