A shortage of software developers and IT workers in general is forcing businesses to turn to “civilian developers” within their organizations to build business applications that support digital transformation efforts.

According to John Bratincevic, a senior analyst at Forrester, finding workers with software development skills or training them in-house is becoming a priority. He says the most common question he gets when talking to business clients is how they can sustain and scale a citizen development strategy.

What makes civic development possible is the raft low-code and no-code development platforms, which allow business users with little to no coding experience to develop applications based on business needs. Companies use these platforms to create “hundreds or thousands of citizen developers within their organizations. They want to know how to educate people, so they become really skilled in low code,” said Bratincevic.

“In my opinion, low-code development will simply be table stakes for business people — just like personal productivity tools,” he added.

Low code on the rise

A January survey of 380 enterprises by research firm IDC found that 49% of respondents are purchasing low-code or no-code platforms to drive innovation within themselves. The second most important reason for purchasing software (39%) was “pandemic-related needs”.

In 2021, the global low-code development technology market will reach a revenue of USD 13.8 billion. And adoption of low-code software development platforms is growing at more than 20% per year, according to research firm Gartner. By 2023, low-code development is expected to be adopted by more than half of all mid-sized and large companies.

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