Writing thousands and thousands of programming codes could soon be a thing of the past. Several software-based companies and enterprises, in an effort to get their products to market faster, are increasingly turning to low-code/no-code (LC/NC) processes.
Boasting easy-to-use features like visual workflows and drag-and-drop code blocks, LC/NC has slowly transformed programming. This begs the question – what about the programmers who have trained/studied for endless hours to land a job at their dream company? Or students who are currently burning the midnight oil so they can one day work at the IT company of their choice?
The answer seems to be simple: sink or swim; adapt or be left behind.
Low-code is a way to automatically generate code through visual building blocks such as drag-and-drop and drop-down menus. This requires some coding on the part of the user. No-code, on the other hand, is low-code, requires no coding from the user, and has ready-to-use coding blocks.
While there’s no immediate need to hit the panic button and relearn or relearn everything, it’s an opportunity for coders to make sure they don’t miss the bus to the future.
Suresh Jagannathan, COO, Digital Process Automation, at IT solutions and technology consultant Coforge, says LC/NC is growing, but still a minority – for now.
“Low-code platforms still represent a relatively small minority of application landscapes globally. However, as platforms mature and low-code offerings expand, we expect low-code application services to grow much faster than the overall application services market. he.
And it shows in the fact that software major Microsoft sees LC/NC as an untapped skill set; at its recent Build developer conference, it added a slew of updates to Power Platform – its LC/NC toolset.
Even e-commerce and web services giant Amazon seems to be betting heavily on this trend with its “machine language-based coding companion” CodeWhisperer, which “helps improve developer productivity by generating code recommendations based on their natural language comments and code in the integrated development environment (IDE).”
Jagannathan says Indian businesses, over the past few years, have increasingly turned to LC/NC, with the pandemic giving it a massive boost.
“Right now, Indian companies are looking to transform their business processes and make them fully digital,” he says. “Low-code application platforms dramatically reduce time-to-market, making it extremely easy to absorb ever-changing needs, giving businesses a leg up on the competition.”
One can see why companies might find LC/NC an attractive prospect, as low-code requires a rudimentary understanding of programming to build an application, while no-code requires little or no understanding of programming. “It eliminates the challenge of organizing a large tool workstation,” he says.
For context, Coforge has partnered with several LCNC platforms such as Pega, Appian, Outsystems and Salesforce, with a particular focus on banking and finance, insurance, public sector, travel and transportation.
Jagannathan thinks developers, rather than feeling threatened by LC/NC, are embracing it. “Developers have often said that using low-code and no-code platforms forces them to rethink their approach to different coding difficulties and encourages a leaner and simpler style of thinking and coding, which is ultimately beneficial in terms of productivity for all coding jobs,” he says.
“Low-code enables professional developers and programmers to deliver applications quickly and shift their focus from routine programming tasks to more complex and unique tasks that have greater business impact and value.”
As for the students, there is no need to worry. The growing popularity of low-code and no-code solutions has led to the creation of new professions: Coding experts to create LC/NC platform interfaces between legacy systems and LC/NC platforms. “Experts with specialized knowledge of LC/NC platforms are needed,” Jagannathan said.
According to industry body Nasscom, Indian IT companies and startups will increase their revenues by 900%, from $400 million in 2021 to $4 billion in 2025.
“The LC/NC platforms will be a great boon for small businesses and enterprises,” says Jagannathan.
According to Nasscom, companies have seen a 30-35% increase in return on investment in LC/NC platforms, a 75% reduction in lead times, and a 65% reduction in costs.
Jagannathan is of the opinion that a major requalification will not be necessary.
“Companies using LC tools should expect better IT resources – companies can hand over management of their technology assets to developers using LC/NC platforms, while IT staff can focus on digital transformation and cybersecurity,” he said.
So whether you are a seasoned programmer, someone who is still green, or even a student/enthusiast looking to learn programming skills, LC/NC programming offers a tantalizing opportunity. The rise in popularity of these solutions has led to the creation of new functions.
As for those who are already in the field, the programming world seems ready to diversify in two ways: greater simplification (moving from low-code development to no-code development) and/or a wider range of services, moving from spot low-code solutions to integrating enterprise-wide functionality.
“Platform interfaces between legacy systems and LC/NC platforms require skilled people. Experts with specialized knowledge of LC/NC platforms are needed,” says Jagannathan.
In short, low-code/no-code could come to represent the building blocks of our increasingly tech-powered future.