Low Code's Appeal to Management Is Not Exactly What You Think


Previously we’ve discussed Laserfiche’s approach to low-code and how that benefits your deployment of Laserfiche. In this post, I’d like to discuss helping management and the C-Suite understand that low-code is an approach and a function of various software they should care about.


The fundamental appeal of low code is the empowerment of non-technical staff to build business applications or customizations. This then lightens the load on the IT department and increases the likelihood of the business units getting the application, customization, or (even the) automation they require.


This, however, changed with the COVID-19 Pandemic, which, along with the Great Resignation, saw workers shift as organizations found it difficult to keep up and find skilled programming talent. Suddenly, it was very attractive for the line of business employees to upskill to create simple applications or workflows that could be rolled out to the entire organization.


This is good, right?


But wait, there’s more.


Notably, some industry research was released by Gartner and IDC. I’m going to paraphrase here, but essentially, sales of low code tools have exploded; for example:


“According to Research and Markets, the global low-code development platform market, which was $12.5 billion in 2020, is predicted to see a 31.3% compound annual growth rate from 2020–2030, reaching $190.8 billion by 2030.”


Wow, right? But there’s one more thing.


One of the biggest concerns with businesses using low-code and no-code development tools is a lack of visibility into what staff is doing with them, along with a lack of other critical components to development, such as centralized control, QA, compliance, and planning across the enterprise. You’ve probably encountered this practice called shadow IT, where small groups or individuals around a company create and launch apps that may not always be aligned with corporate technology strategy.


So, analysts have determined that almost half (again paraphrasing) of the low-code software purchased is being implemented and deployed by IT departments because it’s faster and easier for them to apply low-code tools with their developer skill set.


I don’t know why, but I found this surprising. It looks like Laserfiche was way ahead of the curve on this one. Although, I probably shouldn’t, considering how many IT departments use the low code tools available from Laserfiche.


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