Low code renaissance — Mapping the tools enabling citizen developer era

  • Cloud mass adoption. Cloud did a big shift in the recent decade. According to the Right Scale’s annual State of the Cloud Report for 2019, 91% of businesses used the public cloud.
  • Developer shortage: Despite the fact that there are 5,5 million developers in Europe, the European Union countries are still estimated to suffer a shortage of 500,000 software engineers (2020). And the shortage could be much bigger in emerging spaces like data science. Based on current demand and supply dynamics, the United States alone is projected to face a shortfall of 250,000 data scientists by 2024. Hiring and retaining engineers is expensive as labor costs rise. Still, the bigger problem for many firms is also that there isn’t enough talent out there to help companies navigate new technologies. This scarcity means that the biggest and best-capitalized companies are winning the talent war since they can pay above-market pricing for top engineering talents.
  • The popularity of Distributed Work Organizations’ app ecosystems is growing increasingly, the workforce that’s using those apps is becoming more decentralized. The remote workforce needs simpler solutions which they should adopt faster and low/no code perfectly fits these criteria.
  • Successful pioneers: The first wave of tools has emerged in the past decade tackling key pain points in most internet products (WIX for a website, Shopify for e-commerce, etc).

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