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Will the Low-Code Movement Get Even Bigger in 2022? Yes - and Here's Why

By Shomron Jacob, Engineering Manager at

The benefits of using low-code techniques for application development are less of a secret every day. Done right, IT leaders can ideate, develop, test, and produce full-featured applications far faster and far less expensive than traditional development. But in 2022, look for low-code platforms to make significant strides across both the breadth of industry adoption and the depth of capabilities they can deliver without (or at least with magnitudes less) hardcoding.

For enterprise IT leaders, low-code is hitting a maturity point where the advantages will be too clear and too big to ignore. Here are three things to look for in 2022:

1) Low-code will enable organizations to tap into the most cutting-edge technologies crucial to competitive differentiation.

In 2022, enterprises will expand how they utilize low-code to unlock fast and cost-efficient access to include a swath of emerging technologies, from AI/ML to the IoT, to blockchain, to advanced voice and messaging experiences, and more. With the uber-rare talent in these emerging fields commanding tremendous salaries and recruitment akin to a bidding war, low-code will instead enable organizations - that would otherwise be priced out - to incorporate these technologies into their applications and realize the competitive differentiation they deliver. Versus traditional code writing, low-code can enable a 10X (or more) pace of development and all the associated time-to-market advantages, even for existing technical staff harnessing the most cutting-edge capabilities. For these reasons, a broader set of businesses across more industries will be leveraging low-code next year as well, from retail to healthcare to government organizations and beyond. In short, we'll see a marked acceleration in the democratization of low-code.

2) Low-code security practices mature.

As low-code becomes increasingly essential within enterprise environments, organizations will naturally seek platforms with sufficient security to match their use cases. Low-code platforms intended more for prototyping applications - or those that lack enterprise-grade safeguards or even any built-in security or sandboxing whatsoever - will no longer make the cut as organizations seek more end-to-end (and out-of-the-box) security from their low-code strategy.

In 2022, look for enterprises to align their low-code development with security best practices, adopting platforms with internal security layers and tapping their own security teams for oversight. These teams will emphasize timely implementation of security updates and patches, securing low-code environments as they utilize various open source and third-party code to deliver their broad capabilities.

3) Low-code advances into production environments.

The days of rapid low-code prototyping followed by slow-code development of production applications are coming to an end, as enterprises demand the best of both worlds. Appropriate low-code platforms can now produce production-ready applications that are as scalable and secure as those that experts code from scratch, the only difference being that they come cheaper and faster. In practice, IT teams hold ultimate responsibility for the operations, safety, and effectiveness of coding environments, and won't have patience for low-code platforms that aren't up to enterprise snuff. To avoid such issues, enterprises will increasingly require buy-in across teams, driving the adoption of production-grade low-code solutions in 2022.

2022 will be a big year for low-code, and it'll be exciting to see how more enterprises put the strategy into action to solve application development hurdles.


About the Author

Shomron Jacob 

Shomron Jacob is an Engineering Manager focused on Applied Machine Learning and AI at, creator of the Interplay low-code platform for rapidly prototyping AI-based applications across industries. Shomron began his career as a software engineer and soon found himself learning ML/AI, and switched his professional direction to follow it. He lives in Silicon Valley.

Published Friday, January 14, 2022 7:35 AM by David Marshall
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