According to different searches, reports and analysis, Low code (and sometimes No Code) will disrupt the development market whether it is before, during or after the COVID-19. According to Gartner/Forrester, we’ll have :
The question is not about reinventing programming but quickly answering to immediate needs. This is why Shadow IT proliferates! Low Code suits perfectly to services/datas’ assemblies and tasks’ automatization. The time factor is important, especially for apps and projects that don’t need Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) or instantiating infrastructure resources that require authorizations and procedures, that may take several weeks.
Low Code / No Code Q&A
Convertigo CEO, Olivier Picciotto, has been interviewed by the "Programmez" magazine to discuss about the Low-Code / No-Code revolution. Here's a summary of the discussion :
Interviewer : What about the actual Low Code market ?
Olivier Picciotto : The market has been dynamic for several years. Some large companies rule the market and the big suppliers want to penetrate it. Some european editors succeeded to take a place in the market, as Convertigo has done.
Convertigo is an European low code actor. How is the market behaving ? Being a european ISV, is it beneficial ?
That’s right : We are a french based company but we play in the international market. 30% of our turnover is made abroad (USA, Europe and Africa).
Traditionally, Europe ( and particulary France) is reluctant to adopt Low Code and No Code technologies compared to other countries. We have noticed in the past few years a real increase in France and other countries : companies have realised that to make up the time lost, they have to be innovative using new technologies to build their daily apps. It’s sure that we introduce ourselves as a european editor to our fortune 100 prospects, it’s better for support and proximity.
Low Code, No Code, sometimes it’s complicated to understand these two notions. What are the similarities and differences in each approach?
No Code is really zero code, no more no less ! It must remain within the reach of users with no technical knowledge. In contrast, Low Code never meant zero Code ! Developers write much less code compared to classic development. In Convertigo we consider a 1/10 to 1/50 ratio according to projects. Low Code allows to develop complex apps without functional limits.
The common point of each approach is the time and budget reduction to develop an app. The better is when we can combine the Low Code and the No Code approach in a single platform. This is what Convertigo proposes with his No Code Studio intended for “citizens” developers and his Low Code Studio intended for “professional” developers. And they interact between them.
We say that Low Code relates to business, logistic apps to automate some actions, agglomerate data / applications : How is the current situation ?
It’s totally possible to develop some complex projects with Low Code, it’s easier to make and it needs lower maintenance. There is on the market some “playground” Low Code products but also professional Low Code products that respects the development quality criteria required today (DeveOps, continuous integration, SDLC, fullstack, Microservices architecture, containers and scalabil). We belong in the second category.
How should Low Code be positioned in relation to developers ? Some editors don’t hesitate to oppose it. Rightly or Wrongly?
Wrongly ! This is understandable for No Code but not for Low Code. It would even be in the developer interest to learn Low Code. Thanks to it, he will be able to be more efficient in his development and increase his productivity. They will deliver projects faster. And potentially, he will increase his rate. All this while continuing to enjoy writing the 10 to 20% of complex code needed or by taking part in the Convertigo community.
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