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Industry experts offer predictions on how Low-Code/No-Code will evolve and impact DevOps, development and business in 2023.
Start with: 2023 DevOps Predictions
LOW-CODE TAKES OVER THE ENTERPRISE
Low-code will continue to explode across the enterprise, and soon become a fundamental part of all job descriptions. The developer talent shortage isn't showing any signs of slowing down, driving businesses to scale automation and innovation with the power low-code, so they can solve mission critical issues across the organization. In the year ahead, expect low-code applications to continue their takeover at the enterprise level. In fact, Gartner, has already predicted that by 2025, 70 percent of new applications developed by enterprises will use low-code or no-code technologies, up from less than 25 percent in 2020. Organizations are looking for tools that enable them to innovate rapidly and low-code will enable them to achieve this. In this landscape, we see low-code proficiency becoming the equivalent of Microsoft Office on resumes today: a requirement rather than a differentiator.
GM and VP of App Engine Business, ServiceNow
DEVOPS EMBRACES LOW-CODE
To increase deployment speed in 2023, more organizations will invest significantly in low-code/no-code DevOps solutions. Low-code DevOps solutions help to remove complexity while increasing agility. This approach will give organizations a competitive advantage in the demanding, fast-paced software industry.
While DevOps maturity on low-code platforms lags behind, 2023 looks set to be a pivotal year when the relevance of DevOps to low-code will become a majority view and DevOps adoption will continue to accelerate. This trend follows the multiplication of DevOps solutions on the market, built for specific platforms and making DevOps accessible for low-code and hybrid teams. Businesses adopting low-code DevOps have a key advantage: they are learning lessons from developers who have been practicing DevOps for years in more traditional environments. In particular, they often recognize at the outset that DevOps is as much about culture as technology, and both need careful attention to translate DevOps principles into business value.
IT CHAMPIONS LOW-CODE
Enterprise IT will demand a low-code approach that minimizes risk. Risk is rising, and businesses must know what their software is doing and how people use it. While low-code is the great enabler for developing and deploying business applications quicker and easier, left unchecked, businesses can't harness its power. Instead, low-code can lead to more risk for enterprise IT. In 2023, we'll see more demand for enterprise-grade low-code tools and governance to help avoid risk but also minimize it. IT will be the new champions of low-code, taking the proactive lead to run and manage low-code tools to minimize rogue IT. 2023 will be the year we finally see business leaders have IT's back as they own low-code development.
VP, Digital Automation and Robotics, Pega
AI DEMOCRATIZES LOW-CODE
AI paired with low-code technology will finally democratize low-code and help every employee, regardless of technical experience, harness its power. Software development will experience a paradigm shift, with low-code tools giving programming power to non-technical employees. IDC reports that nearly 750 million new apps will be created between 2023 and 2025. At this rate, something must give. As machine learning models continue to make advancements, these innovations are poised to carry over to low-code. This shift will mark the next wave of low-code development, allowing users to simply describe what they are trying to build. AI will do the rest, and all employees will be able to create more complex applications regardless of experience level and make AI accessible to the entire workforce. For example, instead of typing code, we'll be able to verbally tell our tools what we want, and they will be intelligent enough to create an app and execute our command — similar to digital assistants.
GM and VP of App Engine Business, ServiceNow
LOW-CODE ENSURES IT PRODUCTIVITY
Ensuring IT productivity will be even more critical in 2023, owing to the growing number of tech layoffs adding even more to the shortage of developers. Enabling developer teams on low-code tools will help. According to a recent survey, developers who use low-code tools report higher satisfaction than traditional developers (57% vs. 36%), and over half (59%) are likely satisfied with their teams' productivity. With higher productivity and better communication, 71% of low-code developers said they are able to stick to a 40-hour work week, which could lead to more engaged developer teams and higher retention in 2023. In the next year, we will see more companies (from small and mid-size to large corporations) adopt low-code tools for their IT and developer teams and roll out apps faster without compromising performance and scalability.
Head of Portfolio Marketing, OutSystems
LOW-CODE IMPROVES DEVOPS EXPERIENCE
We're going to start seeing a lot more DevOps teams pressing their organizations to adopt low-code application development workflows as a way of improving the experiences for DevOps and developer teams. While low-code perhaps remains best known for its advantages enabling even non-developers to quickly build and iterate applications using pre-coded modules in a drag-and-drop interface, low-code adoption will continue to become more impactful from a DevOps perspective in the coming year. An increase in low-code adoption will enable DevOps teams to more easily and efficiently operate application development tooling, do more with less headcount, and meaningfully improve day-to-day satisfaction by eliminating complex and cumbersome management tasks.
LOW-CODE ADDRESSES DEVELOPER SHORTAGE
Low-code/no-code solutions will continue to thrive. The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that by 2026, the shortage of engineers in the US will exceed 1.2M. In addition, only 39.6% of candidates for DevOps job openings fully meet employers' requirements. Due to this and other factors such as high learning curves, low-code/no-code solutions have been widely adopted to speed up the application development process and keep up with company needs.
Founder and CEO, DuploCloud
LOW-CODE EMPOWERS CITIZEN DEVELOPERS
Low-code tools are becoming game-changers in the software sector, as IT teams seek alternative approaches to deliver their services and products. In 2023, innovative projects will be assembled by a less technical audience, lessening the burden on overworked developers. With the help of low-code tools, the need for experienced coders will be reduced as this type of tool provides the necessary components and building blocks for non-technical audiences to be involved in full-cycle app development. By 2024, even more technology products and services will be created by citizen developers, designers, and non-technical stakeholders than ever before.
SVP Developer Tools, Infragistics
In 2023, I predict that enterprises will start to interconnect low-code/no-code tools and augment them with flexible frameworks to achieve scale. Citizen development is great when everything works but as deployments become more mission critical, they'll need to mitigate higher stake operational risks. This will spark a longer-term emergence of code-native low-code technologies that empower citizen developers to tackle complex domains like business process automation, while storing the assets as code and running them on DevOps principles.
The past few years have highlighted the need for enterprises to pivot to meet the ever-shifting landscape of customer needs efficiently. Next year, we'll see an increase in user-friendly, low-code processes and systems to create a seamless customer experience across a myriad of touchpoints and systems. Vendors will embrace industry-standard APIs to allow enterprises to integrate their CX ecosystem connecting internal and external systems painlessly.
LOW-CODE WITH A BRAIN
While we've seen AI appear tactically across the enterprise, it's part of a much broader transformation — and often requires an army of data scientists. When deployed pragmatically, AI can be transformative for all employees. Enter low-code. In 2023, we'll see smarter low-code emerge. Infused with AI, low-code will become more valuable and safer than ever. 2023 will be the year AI-infused low-code enables all users to benefit from AI to optimize processes, increase efficiency and improve decision-making, making low-code development more beneficial, safer, and smarter than ever before.
VP, Digital Automation and Robotics, Pega