I’ve frequently written about the importance of low-code/no-code platforms, and how fast their use is growing. Gartner projects that by 2024, the tools will be used for more than 65% of all application development. Gartner adds that 66% of large companies will use a minimum of four low-code platforms.
The blog post by Josefina Blattmann, “Low-code, no-code: What’s the deal?” offers even more details about the ways in which low-code/no-code platforms are becoming ubiquitous.
The article starts out noting that since early 2019, the number of searches for “low-code/no-code” on Google has tripled. That’s a clear indication of its rising popularity. And that may well understate the increase in the number of people who will end up using the platforms. Researching the platforms is the first step in ultimately buying them, so expect even more companies to use them in the future
The post also points out the dramatic increase in monthly tweets using the #NoCode hashtag, which grew from around 350 in January of 2019 to between 4500 and 5000 in April, 2020. You can expect the numbers are far larger today.
The post also points to a tweet by the venture capitalist Yohei Nakajima about the number of rising investments VCs have been making in no-code/low-code platforms.
Blattman points out another reason no-code/low-code movement is destined to become even more popular than it is today – young people already use no-code-like tools to build games, and when they enter the workforce, they’ll use no-code/low-code tools rather than traditional programming techniques for building business applications.
She writes “Only 0.5% of the world’s population knows how to code but there are millions of kids who spend their free time building games on Roblox and they will certainly become the adults who build their company’s MVP using” no-code/low-code platforms.
She also notes that no-code/low-code has been a movement well before it even had a name. She says, “Low-code and no-code represent a paradigm shift in technology. It started out with blogging CMSs like WordPress and Wix and platforms like Shopify who aimed to democratize and scale processes. We’ve been drifting this way for years. Today, there’s a new low-code no-code product coming out every week…the more access people have to a medium, and the easier we make that access, creativity and output and innovation go through the roof.”
She concludes, “The low-code no-code movement rests upon the fundamental belief that technology should enable and facilitate the creation, not be a barrier to entry. Low code tools are designed for everyday users and professional developers. It’s more powerful and customizable. No code tools are built for everyday users who don’t have any coding knowledge… The surge in remote development during the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to boost low-code no-code adoption.”
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