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Are you ready for the 'No-Code Revolution?'​

Are you ready for the no-code revolution? An article in Forbes last year called low code/no-code “the most disruptive trend of 2021.” And for good reason – organizations around the globe need to provide a robust digital experience for their customers and employees. To keep up with the pace, product development is experiencing a paradigm shift from developer-centric to business user-centric. The fastest way to produce viable solution is to let the business users, the individuals that understand the needs and details of the challenge, build it.

With an array of online tools available to do so, a new breed of solution builders, known as “citizen developers,” have emerged. Citizen developers are business users that use no-code and low-code development platforms to create new web or mobile applications. The trend has gained so much traction that the Project Management Institute created a new education resource, the Citizen Development Body of Knowledge, along with courses and certifications available.

A decade ago, low-code/no-code was still an emerging technology with potential, but it has grown to be a proven tool in both enterprise and small business. Gartner Research predicts that “by 2024, 75% of large enterprises will use at least four low-code/NoCode development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives.” They also expect the number of active citizen developers at large enterprises to be at lease for times the number of traditional developers by 2023. No-code has empowered entrepreneurs to develop and market solutions to small businesses, creating a completely new set of business-ready applications for the non-technical business owner.

Today’s no-code platforms are extremely robust and easy to implement. The challenge for enterprises is to manage the ease of use with the necessary integration into existing systems to avoid data and application sprawl. Alongside a variety of training opportunities, IT departments must manage access to data and services to make sure that Citizen Developers have the full tools and resources they need. This can be done through proper planning, establishing guidelines, and a robust infrastructure that houses information in a centralized location to avoid data sprawl.

Source Ref 1: Gartner. Low-Code Development Technologies Evaluation Guide, Paul Vincent, Mark Driver, Jason Wong, 26 February 2019 Source Article

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