Viva la Revolution No code and low code software development has captured the hearts and minds of developers and non-developers alike. In practise, we’ve reduced software delivery times by up to 75% and achieved client cost savings of up to 60% (ref. traditional code based vs no code retail and delivery web and mobile apps built by Buildze from 2019 to 2021).
Gartner Inc. says that the global low-code development technologies market (no code and low code) is worth about $14 billion, with Low Code Application Development growing at circa 30%.
However, it’s not appropriate for every project. More importantly, you still need both developer skills and the right agile project management to achieve results.
Why now? Low code and no code platforms can offer a faster and more cost effective alternative to traditional code based approaches to software development. The global pandemic forced businesses to become more agile and significantly reduce software project delivery times.
To put this into context, the nation of Jordan developed an e-learning platform and transitioned its 2 million school children to online learning in 1 week. Businesses in every industry have had to adapt and innovate at warp speeds – a no code approach can significantly reduce development time and costs.
No code, some hype No-code is a marketing term – specialist skills and sometimes code are still required. The market is highly fragmented and barriers to entry are still relatively low. There are numerous platforms and only a few have established and professional ecosystems of developers. In fact, selecting the right qualified and experienced specialist teams is a significantly more time consuming and challenging exercise for no code and low code projects. Getting this part right is critical to successful value creation and remains one of the biggest challenges that businesses face.
Beyond code The revolution has changed software development but traditional code, low code and no code approaches ALL still require planning, requirements gathering, professional design, testing, quality assurance and security. A low code or no code approach is just one part of the equation needed to deliver a professional software product that customers want to use and that investors are likely to fund. Critically, agile project management – using a framework such as scrum – is also still essential to deliver value and time savings.