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IT leader’s guide to low-code development

Originally Published:
May 2018

Low-code development platforms allow IT and business professionals to create business software through graphical user interfaces instead of traditional computer programming. This enables non-developer staff to create tools to facilitate their workflow and support business needs and frees up developers to work on core IT projects. This ebook looks at how low-code/no-code development is helping organizations address a shortfall in developer talent and considers some related concerns that organizations need to be aware of.

From the ebook:

Developers are among the most in-demand tech professionals in the world right now, with front end, full stack, mobile, and back end developers among the top 10 hardest to fill tech jobs, according to data from Indeed. With demand outpacing supply, many companies are left without the tech talent needed to build apps or automate business processes.

Enter low-code development platforms: tools that allow IT and business professionals without coding experience to build apps, potentially filling tech talent gaps in organizations.

“Developers trade off a little bit of control for more prescriptiveness, and because of that, they get a higher level of productivity,” said Forrester analyst Jeffrey Hammond. “It also makes developing approachable for a wider set of folks out there who may not have a computer science degree but can use a low-code tool to build applications.”

Forrester predicts that the market for low-code tools will grow to $15 billion by 2020. “It feels like we’re in a growth phase now—we see tools that make it easier to build mobile apps and web apps and automate business processes. It’s certainly an upswing,” Hammond said.

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