No Code / Low Code – Why should you care?

Venture Beat has a great primer on the emerging Low Code/ No Code market – and exactly why everybody should be paying such close attention to it.

Sure, according to Gartner, 65% of application development will be low code by 2024, and I guess that’s nice if you’re into predictions, or if you need an analysts permission to do things, but for us, the reason to get genuinely excited about No Code is the flexibility and agility that could happen in the enterprise if work wasn’t shoe-horned into siloed legacy systems. There’s been a lot of posts about the future of work over the last year, but a lot of them seem to be some variant of  “It will be work, but we’ll do it from our homes over Zoom”!  Here at Dinode, we’re more interested in what an agile workplace could do if it was given control over its applications.

A long time ago, (2005, which is a zillion years in internet time), Clay Shirky wrote in his seminal piece on Ontology, “The problem isn’t that the book is on the wrong shelf. The problem is the shelves.”  That heralded in a new era of big data, where we largely stopped classifying, instead depending on tags, existing markup and metadata, in conjunction with AI and ML to help locate and use information.

What if the existing, bespoke legacy systems that we’re using to manage our businesses are the “shelves” of the modern enterprise?  Which isn’t to say that our ERP and Payroll systems that drive the modern enterprise aren’t required or important – clearly they are.  But rather than trying to repurpose existing systems, let’s give people the ability to design and deploy a custom solution that meets their requirements, without the burden of custom development.

It’s early days, and there’s a lot of effort to go yet – but we’re working hard to get there!


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