A recent press release by Gartner reported that seven in ten new apps will use low-code or no-code technologies by 2025.
This data comes on the heels of an earlier Gartner study, in which 75% of big companies will be using a minimum of four low-code development tools by 2024, compared to less than 25% in 2020.
75% of big companies will be using a minimum of four low-code development tools by 2024, compared to less than 25% in 2020.Courtesy of Gartner
But that’s not all.
Low-code and no-code automation platforms have been making headlines all over the Internet, as leading publications in the IT space — from Forbes and Digital Journal to GlobeNewswire — have reported on the sudden market boom.
As a result, concepts like “low-code,” “no-code,” and “citizen developers” are quickly entering common usage across industries and business verticals.
If you are new to the automation game, all that corporate lingo may be causing you to feel confused, overwhelmed, and out of your depth.
This is why we put together this guide. In it, we explain:
Let’s dive right in!
No-code automation tools and platforms allow you to build software applications and automate various business processes without traditional computer programming. This helps shorten development time and opens up access to automation to non-technical users, also known as citizen developers.
Instead of writing code, you interact with the system’s graphical user interface. This usually means dragging and dropping pre-built elements on a screen to create and deploy your desired apps or automations.
Most no-code platforms come with both ready-made automatons as well as options for building custom solutions from the ground up.
Like no-code solutions, low-code platforms make it easy for citizen developers to create apps or automations using intuitive drag-and-drop UI. The main difference is that with low-code, some programming know-how is still required, whereas no-code completely removes the need for coding.
For all the benefits of low-code platforms, no-code automation tools are the future. A no-code tool enables you to quickly build applications and set up automations in response to evolving business needs without expensive in-house (or external) developers. The ability to rapidly gather requirements, configure a solution, and deploy it in the cloud enables you to respond to day-to-day challenges and stay competitive in today’s digital economy.
This may come as a surprise, but no-code tools have been around for decades. The history of the no-code movement dates back to 1985 when Microsoft released the first iteration of Excel.
Yes, you read that right: Good old Excel, which enables you to process, analyse, and visualise data without touching a line of code, is an early example of no-code software.
Of course, Excel had limited functionality and was mainly used offline. The technology that took no-code online in 2003 was WordPress, which empowered users to build entire websites code-free. In 2004, Shopify took things a step further by making it possible to set up an e-commerce store without coding.
Low-code and no-code tools have continued to evolve, springing up like mushrooms since. Today, we have advanced software solutions powered by AI that can build enterprise-grade applications and complex automations using nothing but a simple user interface.
Combined with Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, Natural Language Processing, and predictive analytics, today’s no-code automation platforms can even rival the capabilities of human development teams.
No-code automation tools can be used in many different industries — from banking, insurance, and financial services to mortgages, operations, shared services, logistics, healthcare, and more. Whatever your workflows, they can be automated using no-code development.
According to Gartner, the most popular low/no-code use cases are:
Modern no-code tools can be used by all kinds of organisations. Unlike in the past, there are no longer barriers based on the size of the organisation or the complexity of the problem.
Advantages of no-code solutions over conventional programming include:
For a deeper dive into this topic, check out our recent post on the 5 Surprising Benefits of a No-Code Automation Platform.
Here are some more numbers for you: Nearly 60% of apps are currently being developed outside IT departments.
20% of businesses are considering or preparing to launch citizen development initiatives, and 41% already have active initiatives underway.Gartner
One-third of these apps are built by staff with limited or no software development skills — the so-called citizen developers — and they are only just starting. According to Gartner, 20% of businesses are considering or preparing to launch citizen development initiatives, and 41% already have active initiatives underway.
What explains this sudden interest in citizen developers? Two reasons:
The average software developer salary in the US was $111,783 per year as of December 13, 2021.
While no-code doesn’t replace developers fully, it frees them to focus on more complex projects and helps organisations save on hiring new engineers. This is ultimately a more cost-effective option, making no-code automation tools especially beneficial for SMEs and companies that can’t afford an IT overhead.
Even if you could afford to hire an entire software development team, there aren’t enough skilled developers to go around: 26% of businesses face potential IT skill gaps, which are second only to skill gaps in data science (43%).
Citizen developers are the only way to close IT skill gaps and enable organisations to continue to move forward at a fast pace in a market where the competition for talent is fierce.
What’s on the horizon for no-code automation platforms? Here are three industry trends to keep an eye on:
The global low-code development platform market is expected to grow at a robust CAGR of 31%, generating a whopping $187 billion in revenue by the end of the decade. Just three years ago, in 2019, that figure was a modest $10 billion.
Gartner predicts that one in two new buyers of low-code platforms will be from outside the IT industry by the end of 2025. This is a critical change in the market, indicating two important trends. On the one hand, more organisations are looking for ways to optimise workflows and cut back on IT and development costs. On the other hand, non-technical users are getting more comfortable using citizen developer tools as the technology becomes more accessible and user-friendly.
A recent survey by research firm IDC found that 39.3% of companies are investing in low-code or no-code platforms due to “pandemic-related needs.” Solutions such as web forms and workflow automation facilitate remote work and help make up for a shrinking workforce in the age of the Great Resignation.
Unitek’s award-winning Automation Experience Platform is a powerful yet easy-to-use no-code solution specially designed for rapid ROI. You don’t need any programming knowledge to get started and reap the benefits.
Here are just some of its many use cases:
Learn more about our Automation Experience Platform and its various business applications here.
Unitek’s no-code automation platform combines an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, hundreds of third-party integrations, and advanced features at the forefront of automation technology.
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