An anonymous reader cites a ZDNet report: Low-code and no-code development is often seen as the purview of citizen developers, but the segment of the business where low-code and no-code has gained significant traction is among professional developers themselves. And, importantly, it’s enhancing their jobs in two ways: by providing tools for faster software development and deployment, as well as elevating their roles in business to that of teachers and enablers to would-be citizen developers.
A recent survey of 860 developers by OutSystems found that the majority of low-code users, most of whom also use traditional coding languages alongside low-code, report that they are “very satisfied” with their team’s productivity ( 59%), compared to 41% for traditional developers. The majority of low-level programmers, 57%, are also very satisfied with the quality of the tools at their disposal to complete their work, compared to 36% of their traditional programming counterparts. Additionally, 71% of low-code users said they could meet the typical 40-hour workweek, compared to just 44% of traditional developers. Additionally, 63% of low-code developers say they are happy with their pay and benefits, compared to 40% of traditional developers.
Low-code and no-code not only make things easier, but also elevate the roles of technology professionals within their companies, to facilitators, educators, and consultants. Industry watchers agree. “The practitioner’s role now is to customize and connect the low-code solution to the organization’s resources,” says Moses Guttmann, CEO and co-founder of ClearML. Their roles “mainly shift toward automation and orchestration, taking a low-code process and helping the low-code infrastructure gain access to different resources within the organization. Think of it as abstracting away databases and providing access to orchestration, such as cloud infrastructure to run the low-code application.” This can only mean more agile development for the next generation of applications, with business-savvy developers and tech-savvy business users working side by side. “Citizen developers are often innovative, growth-minded problem solvers with an active understanding of the overall business goals,” says Aaron White, CTO and co-founder of Vendr. “Along with overseeing work completed in a low-code or no-code environment, professional developers, especially lead teams, should strive to recognize the talents of these employees, allowing them to actively contribute to the development process.” “It removes many of the day-to-day implementation tasks and allows developers to focus on more architectural and strategic concerns,” says Om Vyas, co-founder and chief product officer at oak9. “It puts them in a position to have more business impact. But also, with low-code and no-code approaches, when the one-size-fits-all doesn’t work for you, it’s going to create work for these professionals to modify or customize to add their own implementations.”
In many cases, “a low-code/no-code approach can work as a complete solution. That said, IT and engineering may need to step in from time to time to fine-tune the details,” adds White.