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Top 3 Low-Code and No-Code Trends for 2022

By Eldar Chernitsky, Head of Product at

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated digital transformation across all industries. However, as more companies are ad-hoc migrating legacy apps to the cloud, tapping into artificial intelligence, and launching new mobile applications, we're witnessing a growing tech talent shortage, which could exceed 85 million workers by 2030.

Not surprisingly, businesses and professional software engineers alike are turning to low-code and no-code application development tools to build apps faster and at a lower cost.

Gartner reports that 80% of all technology solutions will soon be created by non-technical users. According to Forrester, low-code platforms could account for 75% of all enterprise software development activity by the end of this year. IDC shares a similar sentiment, expecting the global low-code developer community to grow at a CAGR of 40.4% between 2021 and 2025.

But where exactly is the low-code/no-code market headed?

I sat down to talk to the team whose app builder strikes a middle ground between the power of native apps and the user-friendliness of no-code app makers. Here are some of mine, and their, low-code trends for the upcoming year.

No-Code and Low-Code Trends to Watch for in 2022

Low-Code Tools Will Get Simpler. But There's a Catch

In 2022, I predict that the majority of low-code tools are moving along the no-code trajectory, simplifying the development process for non-tech users. An example of this is mobile app templates, which come with pre-configured back ends and UI settings and allow users to create fitness, real estate, hospitality, and eCommerce apps quickly.

But, when it comes to enterprise technology, low-code platforms now demonstrate powerful capabilities that stretch far beyond application development. Through 2022, more low-code tools could add support for business intelligence (BI), data science, and edge computing technologies, empowering users to create enterprise-grade software in a drag-and-drop way. Such features have already been added to OutSystems, Pega, and Mendix, to name a few.

Artificial Intelligence Will Become One of the Hottest Low-Code Trends

Sergii Pospielov, Head of AI Practice at Exadel, expects artificial intelligence to infiltrate most low- and no-code development platforms in the next few years. Certain AI functionality like chatbots, customer sentiment analysis, and image classification are already available in Creatio and Google AppSheet. And even if the low-code/no-code platform of your choice currently lacks AI capabilities, chances are you can enable them through third-party plug-ins and extensions. This alone speaks volumes about the popularity and maturity of codeless programming.

Low-Code and No-Code Tools WIll Continue to Dominate the Startup Scene, Promising VC Success to Technopreneurs

Apps built with low-code and no-code tools consist of pre-configured back-end modules and UI elements. On the one hand, this empowers software engineers and citizen developers to reduce project duration and app development costs. On the other hand, low-code platforms are not designed for impeccable performance and can usually handle a limited number of application users. That's why it is small and medium-sized businesses or app startups that choose such platforms to kickstart their projects.

Alexander Antsypov, Head of Development at, believes low-code and no-code platforms will continue to redefine the startup scene in 2022 and beyond, helping technopreneurs put up minimum viable product (MVP) versions of their applications faster, raise funds, refine their solutions, and move on to the native app development tech stacks when low-code starts to show its limits. To back up his claim, Alexander cites Kollekto, Bloom Institute of Technology, and Switchboard as examples of technology startups that built their web and mobile applications using codeless programming tools like Bubble and Zapier and raised millions in VC funding. We can also expect more investor activity in the low-code/no-code startup market, particularly within the AI and enterprise software segments.

There is no doubt that COVID-19 made its impact on the IT industry. With the current talent shortage, more businesses will turn to low-code and no-code development so that their non-technical team members can continue to build apps and keep pace with innovation. These three trends around low-code and no-code will take shape in 2022, and IT leaders should pay attention.



Eldar Chernitsky 

Eldar Chernitsky is Head of Product at (, the leading low-code application development platform from Exadel. Eldar has more than 10 years of experience in development including holding positions as QA Team Lead, Release Manager and Delivery Manager.

Published Friday, January 07, 2022 7:33 AM by David Marshall
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