Why it is time that the Business will get back control over their application development
Maik Neubauer - also published on LinkedIN
Stuck in the waves of digitalisation
Digital transformation appears in nearly each tech related article. Every week there are new books that Companies and Governments have to digitalize to survive. And Enterprises around the world are waking up to the fact that they need to start making their digital transformation plans a reality so that they don’t fail their customer’s expectations and lose their competitive advantage. The current Covid crisis has dramatically shown that many industries are not sufficiently digital yet and have to speed up their efforts.
There are many problems which led to the “we are stucking somewhere” situation. Most IT teams in large organisations are heavily overloaded with keeping the status quo, i.e. caring the old and overloaded legacy systems to dead - or keeping them alive - whatever it costs. Estimates for just keeping the ship “on course” are going up to 60% of the available capacity of the IT organisations. There is simply not enough internal capacity to escape this critical situation and to do the next step towards innovation of the central data platforms and the upgrade of central business processes.
In addition to managing a complex project portfolio many IT organisations have to transform themselves to be prepared for the continuing waves of digitalisation. Also in this respect many IT organisation are running behind and cannot fulfil the rising requirements of the business departments as their internal customers.
This situation results in frustrated and overworked employees - on both sides of the table. The slow pace of change harms their productivity and sometimes when new technology is finally rolled out, it doesn’t quite fit the bill. New solutions, specified, built and implemented using traditional methods, aren’t always necessarily appropriate nor efficient for that department’s particular function. Due to the rising complexity and needed integration capabilities just going to the market and buy a solution has also resulted in many failed projects and millions of stranded investments.
No-Code and Low-Code Software is the Industry Disrupter You Should Pay Attention To
So, what if there was a way to empower staff in every department to be able to create their own internal applications to suit their needs, while simultaneously relieving the pressure from their IT organisations? This is where low-code and no-code software steps in, enabling many staff in the company to become so-called “citizen developers”, able to create robust applications in a safe, scalable environment that has all of the tooling and procedures to ensure appropriate security, testing and sign-off as part of a Digital Transformation program, guided and controlled by the companies Dev-Ops organisation. Gartner already documented in 2017 that “citizen development is fundamental to digital transformation”.
In short LowCode/NoCode software platforms can be used to empower your Business Departments to design and build powerful applications that can scale for any department or unit - without writing any line of code. Many global organisations are currently testing the application of LowCode/NoCode technology and turning their business units into “citizen developers” reporting up to 75% improvement on time to market. Updating their software and implement new functions more frequently gives organisations a huge competitive advantage.
Big Changes. Big Opportunities, also for VCs and Tech Investors
Gartner forecasts that low-code application platforms will account for 65 percent of all app development by 2024. This means the majority of apps created in 2024 will be developed using platforms and tools that provide turnkey ways to program. Although the product class of LowCode/NoCode is not really a a new phenomenon the international Tech investors scene is waking up since the low-code/no-code apps haven’t reached their peak potential yet and the robustness of LowCode/NoCode platforms needs to be further professionalized to be able to handle mission critical business processes, e.g. in the Energy, Logistics or Manufacturing sectors.
The most compelling argument for tech investors to dig deeper in LowCode/NoCode platform providers is that the business users can overcome the shortages in the IT organisations and don’t have to wait months or in most cases, years, to see their needs met. LowCode/NoCode code technology changes the equation because it empowers business users to take change into their own hands and to accomplish goals themselves.
The Dev Ops landscape will change dramatically over the next years and new LowCode/NoCode platforms will claim their stakes.