With 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.
So 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, 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.”
Nuno 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.”
Rod 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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