Low-code/no-code platforms offer the ability to orchestrate and build a robust implementation in a short time. They focus on providing the ability to orchestrate services and components. The objective is to compose applications quickly and to focus on functionality than under the hood components - which can be easily called upon and reused.
Low-code/no-code helps your ideas see the light of the day. The technology is inexpensive and super efficient. Even if you go wrong with an idea you fail fast and can course correct.
The hesitation and debate around no-code/low-code is due to the apprehension around a new technology. The technology has not been widely used and so there aren't many use cases especially for enterprise grade implementations.
A lot of messaging has been done about the ease of development with drag and drop features, creating a false perception that these platforms are only about simple web and mobile applications.
There are concerns with some communities that low-code/no-code will render developers jobless. This is far from the truth. Low-code/no-code platforms augment the capacity of IT organizations. They are not a replacement for developers.
It is important to note that encapsulations have always been around. Libraries have been included while programming. If there are standardized well tested components available, it only makes sense to use them rather than recreate them for use.
For small business owners who cannot afford big IT team, low-code is a boon. Using low-code, small businesses can get solutions at affordable price and faster speeds. The case of low-code adoption is very strong for such organizations. Low-code bridges the digital divide between larger enterprises and small businesses bringing them at the same level of digital preparedness.
For larger enterprises low-code brings in value by augmenting the existing IT team's capabilities and bandwidth. Repeatable tasks and manual processes can be automated using low-code allowing the IT team to take up more challenging assignments.
The way applications are being designed and developed is set to change. The whole IT management itself is set to change with focus on 'creation' as well as 'coding'. Along with the ‘developer community’ an IT manager will also have to be adept in managing the ‘maker community’.
IT leaders should not postpone the decision on low-code/no-code adoption for long. The flip side to not adopting this new technology is to lose out on business and operational efficiencies. The more this is delayed the more your competitors gain an edge over you.
"Low-code adoption strategies" is a good starting point for leaders who are unsure of how to start the low-code/no-code journey.