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Is your manager considering Low-Code?

To secure your survival as a software developer, it is important for you to be able to foretell the future. So what is your future?

I was contacted by Luca from The Leadership Board a couple of days ago. They have a fantastic product, but for us it was too expensive, so we had to turn them down. I still managed to get something extremely valuable out of Luca – I kind of like cried myself to it, promising I’d give him a high quality backlink in return, so here we are 😀

Let me explain how by explaining what they do. The Leadership Board are connecting service companies with companies in need of services. It’s basically a “dating service” for service companies such as ours, where you’re intelligently “matched” with other companies, having an interest in meeting with you based upon what you do, and a dozen questions. It is matching service providers with people in need of services. To connect companies potentially having synergies, one of their questions was; “Do you have an interest in investing in Low-Code in 2023?” For obvious reasons this was an extremely interesting question for us, so I asked Luca if he could send me the statistics and allow me to publish it.

How many companies are looking into low-code?

The companies that had answered the above question was ranging from companies with 200 employees to fortune 500 companies. There were some roughly 120 companies who had answered, so the numbers are probably statistically significant. I am not allowed to reveal anything but the final number unfortunately, since how these companies answered is kind of like The Leadership Board’s value proposition and their proprietary intellectual property. The Leadership Board is using this data as the means to earn money. But at least a dozen of the companies having answered the question are “household names”, implying companies you have definitely heard about from before. The conclusion?

44% of these companies are looking to invest in Low-Code in 2023

This implies almost half the world are looking to invest in Low-Code software development in the upcoming year. Although this figure is new, similar figures have been published by Gartner previously, concluding with that by the end of 2024 more than 65 percent of all software delivered will be delivered using Low-Code or No-Code constructs. So yes, your employer is probably looking into investing in low-code software development. The reason of course is something I explained in this article. It’s simply too good of a value proposition to ignore!

What should you do?

If you’re working for an enterprise having software development as a secondary function, you have no choice really. Low-code will be forced down your throat, whether or not you like it or not. However, like all emerging technologies, it gives you an edge if you’re an early adopter. So my advice is to start investigating low-code, and look into it, before your manager starts forcing it upon you.

Facts are, if you are working for a mid size to a large enterprise, there is almost a 50% statistical probability of that your C level management is already looking at how to invest in low-code over the next 12 months. When they publicly announce their initiatives, those with a head start in this space, will obviously have an edge, and probably be due for promotions, and all the other juicy stuff related to Darwinism that’s happening in the private enterprise space. Hence my piece of advice to you is as follows.

Ditch the attitude, embrace the revolution. Low-Code is here to stay!

In one of my previous articles I asked the question will low-code steal your job? I would like to change my answer and answer as follows; “Only if you allow it to” – And the way you allow it to is by not taking it seriously, and avoiding it, believing it’s an “inferior technology”. I have worked with low-code for more than a decade, long before it even had a name, and I can guarantee you it is not an inferior technology!

How to start with low-code?

Low-code requires learning just like everything else we’re doing as software developers. Our own low-code framework requires that you learn a new programming language. We’ve made it as easy as we can for you to learn Hyperlambda by releasing a free Hyperlambda course, allowing you to rapidly learn the language – But it still requires an effort. Of course, Hyperlambda probably being the least popular programming language on the planet probably doesn’t make this effort seem worthwhile for you – Because as you learn a new programming language, you’re probably going to look for a language that secures your future. As you do, you’ll look at statistics about which programming language is more popular, to increase the probability of being hired in the future. This is the method software developers have traditionally secured their future the last 100 years, ever since computing was invented.

Frog leaps of innovation

However, the point being that there is a change happening in the world. Innovation researchers refers to this change as “frog leaping”. Such frog leaps often makes all previous survival mechanisms obsolete, and existing strategies to secure your future are by the very definition of the term becoming “counter productive”. To illustrate this point, let me ask you a question.

Do you think your manager cares about how “popular” Hyperlambda is, if it saves him 50% of his resources on new projects?

I suspect you already know the answer to that question. So now to my answer to the above question. How do you start with low-code? The answer is as follows …

Regardless of how many financial incentives I have to say the above out loud, it is still in your best interest to do what I say …