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Armory 2023 Predictions: The Rise of Low-Code/No-Code

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Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2023.  Read them in this 15th annual VMblog.com series exclusive.

2023: The Rise of Low-Code/No-Code

By Adam Frank, Vice President of Product, Armory

2023 will be the year of low-code and no-code development and adoption. These strategies improve business scalability and efficiency by simplifying workloads and allowing development teams to focus on improving software and providing business value. Two elements will drive this trend.

What do low-code and no-code mean?

Starting with the basics: what are low-code and no-code? Low-code/no-code platforms are visual software development environments allowing developers to connect application components to create and deploy software. In traditional processes, programmers must have an in-depth knowledge of coding languages, development environments and deployment processes to execute each step manually or work through automating it. With low-code's point-and-click capabilities, users can develop a declarative process without writing it line by line, or in the case of no-code, without needing to know code at all. These platforms eliminate the need to create a complex proprietary system while still providing more extensibility and customization. In the last few years, development teams discovered low-code's value and are now widely accepting it.

Combatting complexity

More businesses will become cloud-native in 2023, creating a more complex infrastructure and spawning many strategic options for teams to execute development tasks. This increasing complexity will introduce friction into the innovation process. Sorting through the possibilities distracts teams from their core competency - creating software. Developers will require ways to simplify the operation, especially in areas that don't bring competitive advantages to their software and business.

To combat this challenge, I expect accelerated development and adoption of tools that abstract complexity in 2023. One approach is to employ a low-code/no-code platform to automate essential and complex but mundane tasks, like those in deployment processes. This option allows developers to build configurations without learning a new coding language. Removing the need for imperative processes saves time and reduces human errors.

Addressing economic challenges

Low-code/no-code allows businesses to build a faster, more efficient development cycle and high-quality, reliable products. With the uncertain economy, companies are looking especially hard at ways to maximize their investments and cut costs. Employing engineers to code and build a deployment product, as an example, will provide less ROI than putting their skills to use for your competitive advantage. This allows you to leverage a proven deployment tool for - you guessed it - deployment, using the same example. Don't take employees away from their core competencies, which power the business's competitive advantage. Why build things that aren't your core competency? Why execute tasks manually when they can be automated?

As teams grow leaner and are asked to do more with less, they will turn to automation. Manual labor can only accomplish a finite amount of work, so in order to scale a business under these conditions, companies must maximize their employees' time and talent. Creating and monitoring the deployment process is not an efficient use of developers - they are skilled at coding, and quality, reliable software is what drives business value. Replacing the extraneous deployment tasks with automation frees time for developers to focus on creating great code and requires fewer company resources.

For CFOs, it can be hard to quantify the value of software that doesn't directly generate revenue. In the case of low-code/no-code offerings, business leaders can look at the time saved, the resources redirected from mundane tasks to core business functions and improvements in the product and output. When leveraged correctly, automated processes can accomplish all of these goals.

As an example of the low-code/no-code movement, Armory is focused on abstracting deployment complexity to provide effective and efficient solutions. With the new functionality, users will only need a YAML file to start the process. Armory is also integrating webhooks into existing automation and creating one command installation for private cloud components.

The macro circumstances heading into 2023 make it an ideal environment to implement low-code/no-code platforms. These strategies simplify workflow, eliminate tedious tasks and reduce workload while being low maintenance, allowing companies to focus their time and energy on growing their business and improving their product.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Adam Frank is a product and technology leader with more than 20 years of Development and Operations experience. His imagination and passion for creating development and operations solutions are helping developers and innovations around the world. As Armory's VP, Product & Marketing, he's focused on delivering products and strategies that help businesses to digitally transform, carry out organizational change, attain optimal business agility, and unlock innovation through software.

Published Friday, December 09, 2022 7:41 AM by David Marshall
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