Since the arrival of the low-code and no-code technologies, tech experts have made it clear that traditional coders weren’t being shunned out of the picture. In point of fact, both platforms require coders to keep coming up with all the heavy-lifting back-end work to hold both innovations together. In other words, for as long as technology will exist, coders will, too. After all, they are the backbone of computing devices.
Still, the role coders play will take a drastic shift once no-code platforms dominate a more significant share of the app development market. As a result, tech forecasters say that coders are most likely to find employment with software vendors, as their expertise and presence won’t be as needed in the creation of enterprise-grade apps.
That being said, the tech industry expects citizen developers to take control and lead more app-driven projects. On the other hand, coders will keep busy improving no-code sciences and establishing business functionalities for high-level business architecture. Eventually, enterprise software development will concentrate on model-driven and AI-centered construction while vendors will remain leading the pack by focusing on underlying platforms, solutions, and tools.
Do pessimists have a point?
No-code developments aren’t considered entirely mainstream yet, but already, skeptics are voicing out their doubts.
Isn’t all of this familiar?
Business Process Management (BPM), Rapid Application Development (RAD), and Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools have been around for years. Still, the public workforce has never had to lay any of their hands-on developing software themselves personally. This is why these tools can be polarising depending on who you ask and what lens you look at.
In retrospect, it’s fair to say that the automated tooling older generations had to bank on were, in some way, no-code and low-code tools as well. The only difference now is that yesterday’s devices didn’t offer the agility and flexibility no-code extends today. And given how no one knows for sure how business trends will pan out in the following months and years, the only way to prepare for the future is to create tools and platforms that afford us quick tech adjustments. In other words, to get ready for the future, we need to make sure we can quickly adapt to evolving business demands.
IT Organisations and Citizen Developers: it’s not a competition
Every enterprise has software needs, and IT departments are almost always loaded with work. Whether it’s to remedy existing hardware and software concerns or update nonfunctional applications, IT teams have to identify which gaps need to be bridged the earliest. In most cases, that means taking on the bigger projects—and more often than not, these projects are seldom isolated individual employee concerns.
In this set-up, business users are kept from finding solutions on their own, leaving all of the work to IT. In turn, IT’s backlog only grows by the day. It’s a never-ending cycle. If anything, this arrangement should be a clear indication that a competition between citizen developers and the OG tech-wizards is nowhere in sight. The dynamics between software experts and upcoming citizen developers is based on support and not race.
Not only do no-code platforms like bubble.io reduce the pressure projected to IT personnel, but they also expand tech accountability across organizations, making everyone an active member of the whole software ecosystem.
The rise of modern entrepreneurs
Despite all the talk about No-Code’s coverage in the workplace, it bears mentioning that the platform also helps the modern entrepreneur realize their visions. As not every business leader has access to an immediate team of professionals, several founders enjoy the capacity to actualize their dream apps through visual programming on their own.
From drag-and-drop tools to reusable modules, the opportunity to come up with engaging mobile and web applications has never been more accessible. And with numerous tech startups leaders can turn to, one might not even need an in-house team to run their business anymore.
Re-shaping digital transformation
After everything’s been said and done, the no-code movement is precisely what the future of AppDev looks like. As today’s enterprises face an inevitable digital facelift, businesses become more software-reliant organizations, making traditional coders even more necessary.
As it is today, the low-code and no-code movements disrupt not just how we go about software but also the roles we play in the tech equation. Enterprises are starting to realize how much more value foregoing handwritten coding is where applicable. Visual programming doesn’t care about making IT departments more systematic and methodical. Its primary objective is to turn businesses into a silo-defying, digitally coordinated object both consumers and the workforce will love. Cost-efficiency, agility, flexibility, and accessibility are the names of the game.
The no-code platform is here, and in the grand scheme of software development, enabling citizen developers may be a small step, but it is a step in the right direction.
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