The Covid-19 Pandemic has given rise to many innovations that have had far-reaching effects on our daily lives and businesses. The pandemic has made many companies bite the dust; at the same time, others have ridden on the wings of these innovations to keep their businesses going. For many, low-code development has been the winning formula.
The pandemic eliminated the need for people to meet or have physical contact, leaving a lot of offices under lock and key for months. Some that could even open were not allowed to occupy their total capacity. However, despite these impediments, organizations still need to achieve results, which leads to organizations seeking alternatives. Low-code development, in this case, helped such organizations automate business processes that would have typically been done by personnel for a more extended period.
Coined in 2014 by the industry analyst group Forrester, low-code development refers to the system that allows individuals with little or no coding skills to develop applications and software using tools that offer easy-to-use features.
Low-Code development helps to eliminate the waste of resources – time, money, and human resources – by empowering users to become citizen developers. This way, an organization does not need to onboard an excessive amount of IT professionals while still having a ridiculous backlog of IT solution requests.
However, until the pandemic in 2020, Low-code development had experienced a relatively slow rise in relevance and use. Statista forecasts that the Low-Code market will grow into a 13.8 billion US dollar market in 2021, a 23% increase from what it was before the pandemic. About 41% of non-IT employees today develop technology solutions for their organizations.
The fact that employees had to adopt digital technologies to work during the pandemic provided them with a lot more tech skills if they didn’t have them. This will also be fundamental to the growth of low-code development post-pandemic as many individuals will no longer wait for IT personnel to resolve an issue or grant a request. Organizations can therefore leverage this to promote collaboration and co-creation.