For decades now, people with little to no understanding of coding have been able to operate a computer. Recently, a similar revolution has struck the software market, thanks to the low-code/no-code movement. Crucially, businesses can create tailor-made applications and software to boost their internal operations, and innovative products for the benefit of their customers for just a fraction of the cost and R&D commitment.
Flash forward to 2022, the low/no-code movement revolution is in full swing. In 2022, the market is set to reach a value of $21.2 billion, with these platforms predicted to account for 65% of all new applications in the next five years.
Today, digital innovation and transformation are integral to the growth, speed and operational capacity of a company. In fact, the ability to create bespoke applications could even be the determining factor of whether a company will succeed, or whether it will fall behind its competitors.
To clearly define how the low-code/no-code movement could benefit the world of business, we have pulled together some fast facts:
What is the low-code/no-code movement?
In short, the movement can be defined as programming without coding. Using no-code tools, business can create a variety of digital products, such as web or mobile apps, without having any prior knowledge of coding, or investment in specialist teams to do so.
In essence, no-code platforms provide organizations and equip firms with the building blocks required to create their own digital technology – from data storage and display dashboards to individual user profiles and file upload capabilities. By simply dragging and dropping each module, or an equivalent method of command that doesn’t require coding, businesses can then create applications that best suit their requirements or the needs of their customers.
How has the movement evolved?
The low-code/no-code movement began taking shape in the 1990s. With the introduction of platforms like Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop, users with no coding experience were able to create unique files and use core features. However, although these platforms made it easier to complete very specific tasks, further technology and coding was needed to integrate different platforms together. In other words, think of this as ‘Phase 1’ of the movement’s evolution.
At the start of the millennium, the low-code/no-code movement shifted into Phase 2, with new functionalities and the emergence of plugins and app ecosystems. These developments enabled a much wider range of individuals and businesses to use and build platforms on their computers. By implementing pre-built themes and other customization features, anyone could purchase these building blocks and create a basic website in minutes. Meanwhile, the introduction of plugins allowed individuals to extend the functionality of their websites with the click of a button.
Currently, we are in Phase 3 of the movement – this means that individuals and organizations can now build apps and websites from scratch without code.
What no-code can do for you
Beyond just building websites, we are now at a point in time when no-code platforms can be used by businesses to create a variety of technology-powered products from scratch. Indeed, the most basic forms of these products are things like websites, mobile apps email automations and web applications such as e-commerce sites, but the technology even allows businesses to implement algorithmic and AI analysis into their applications.
In the grand scheme of things, this means that organizations can create state-of-the-art applications that help them gather in-depth analyses on a variety of datasets in a much shorter timeframe. By reducing the need to worry about coding rules, traffic routing, scalability, and other time-consuming elements that come with coding a product, projects that might otherwise take a year to code from scratch can now be completed in just a few weeks or months. Moreover, these platforms remove the necessity to hire a whole coding team.
The future of app DevOps
Now that the ability to build entire applications and websites is available to anyone with a phone or laptop, significant opportunities lie ahead for businesses looking to better their offering.
The scalability of recent advances in technology opens up the possibility of a tech company that operates entirely on low-/no-code platforms. In other words, entire tech companies can build their organization from the ground up, without writing a single line of code – everything from websites and applications to fully fledged platforms and interfaces.
Alternatively, businesses or start-ups that can’t afford traditional Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms can create internal, employee-use-only tools that help them streamline their operations on a budget, immensely improving their day-to-day productivity.
So, what’s next? Some predict that the movement could break out of the world of business, and help community groups, charities or NGOs build apps that best suit the needs of their causes.
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