Is No-Code the Future of Application Development?

Cast your minds back to 2017, a year that brought us fake news, cryptomania, and yet another Star Wars movie. It was also the year that Chris Wanstrath, co-founder and former CEO of GitHub said, “We think the future of coding is no coding at all.” Since then, leading enterprise organizations have been quick to capitalize on the rise of no code and low code technologies, using powerful strategies like citizen development to push the boundaries of innovation and adapt to rapidly changing markets.

It seems Chris’s prediction is fast becoming a reality. 

The supply & demand problem is only growing 

A major reason we’re headed towards the ‘no code future’ Chris Wanstrath predicted is that there simply aren’t enough experienced developers to meet the ever-increasing demand for software. 

When it comes to having the resources to execute their digital transformation strategies, enterprise organizations are feeling the pinch. According to Project Management Institute, “86% of IT decision-makers say the biggest challenge to digitally transform their business is too few software developers.”

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Better, faster, stronger! 

That being said, the rise of no code can’t be attributed to the supply and demand problem alone. Whether you’re a business executive or an IT professional, you’re likely always searching for ways to maximize your time and carry out your role more effectively. 

Writing millions of lines of code takes time – for experienced developers, it means getting bogged down with just keeping the lights on; for business professionals, it means your innovative new ideas go straight to the bottom of the backlog.

A win-win situation 

There are two clear ways to tackle the above challenges: 

1. Make development faster for experienced developers;
2. Lower the technical barrier to software development in order to expand your developer pool. 

No- and low-code platforms succeed on both counts through their use of pre-coded blocks and their visual, drag-and-drop functionality. The type of win-win situation that this creates further supports the prediction that the adoption of no- and low-code platforms within enterprise organizations is only set to grow. 

The rise of citizen development 

If traditional programming creates an exclusive club for application development from which business professionals without coding expertise are excluded, no- and low-code platforms open the doors to the club. 

The relative ease-of-use of no- and low-code platforms means that business-side employees can bring their unmatched insights into business processes, products, and customers, to the software development lifecycle. This is what’s known as citizen development, a strategy leading enterprises are already using to supercharge innovation and meet evolving customer expectations.

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Low- and no-code innovation with Betty Blocks  

Is no code the future? How about low code? The level of innovation being achieved by Betty Blocks customers makes it hard to deny. From creating new lines of business in insurance to driving automation in law, leading enterprise organizations are continuing to prove that reducing the need to write code is the way forward. 

Every organization is different, that's why you can use Betty Blocks as either a no-code or a low-code platform – it depends on your unique situation. Because of this versatility, enterprise organizations use Betty Blocks to empower their citizen developers to build everything from mobile apps to full ERP systems, taking advantage of the platform’s ability to integrate seamlessly with all kinds of web services and existing legacy systems. 

Want to discuss implementing no code or citizen development in your organization? Speak with one of our experts today.


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