Fudge Sunday - Our Low Code No Code Past, Present, and Future
Low Code and No Code spelling variations
Software applications (apps) are typically created by software application developers. So, if we are to live in a world where “there is an app for everything” then it will take a lot more software application developers.
Or, creating apps will need to require fewer software application developers over time. Software application developers write code, so perhaps a way to require fewer software application developers is to consider less code, lowered amounts of code, or no code at all.
Creating apps for everything even if you aren’t a software application developer sounds like it might be a very big deal one day. Gee… If only there was a way to explain this less code required concept with an inconsistently spelled new terminology?
If you’ve heard of low code, low/code, low-code or no code, no/code, no-code then you’ve experienced a neologism that can’t decide how it should be spelled. Don’t worry though, Gartner says that by next year more companies than not will be using Low Code in pursuit of productivity gains from their largest employment ranks — people that are not developers.
Four years ago, Gartner published Enterprise High-Productivity Application (EHPA) reports. EHPA had a magic quadrant with three (3) companies in the “Leaders” quadrant such as Salesforce, OutSystems, and Mendix.
Two years ago, Gartner began publishing Low Code Application Platform (aka LCAP) reports. LCAP has a magic quadrant now too.
Most recently in 2021, Gartner has added more LCAP “Leaders”. Joining Mendix, Salesforce, and OutSystems are a rapidly ascending ServiceNow and Microsoft.
In short, LCAP is a fast growing market to help companies empower people that are not developers. So, what does that mean for the companies that have been investing heavily in… Developer Evangelism, Developer Relations, and Developer Advocacy?
Let’s think about that next.
Developer Evangelism Relations Advocacy
When I think of Developer Evangelism, I think of 1990s era sweat dripping executives on stage remixed with industrial house dub sensibility. Maybe that’s just me though but evangelism has more of a direct selling connotation that goes for land and expand goals vs. adoption of a platform through the Marketing organization.
When I think of Developer Relations, I think of the companies that seek to enable adoption of a platform. Fundamentally, the goal is to align to the success of the developers through the Sales organization.
When I think of Developer Advocacy, I think of the individuals that are organized for maximum impact by leaders in Developer Relations. As such, the Developer Advocacy function is a resource to Sales that is focused exclusively on the success of the developers using the platform.
This Twitter thread from the Director of DevRel at Microsoft is worth the ride.
You can count the P’s:
If you work in DevRel how has the pandemic changed the job and what impact do you think it will have on the future of developer relations?
So, how does an organization attain DevRel success?
You know how you balance metrics and magic in DevRel?
Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk. https://t.co/eRjXgUMV6c
Let’s circle back though to the Low Code topic we started with earlier.
- How do you widen the aperture of access to the ways of developers?
- How do you reach those that are not developers?
- Will courses help for those that are not developers?
Would anyone be interested in a course about version control, GitHub, and Markdown for non-developers?
If you’ve ever followed @film_girl then you know she is usually far far ahead of the curve. So, seeing a call out to non-developers is definitely something to pay attention to and think about more.
Now we’re going to get back to the Low Code and No Code…
How did we get here?
Let’s look back a decade or so then look forward.
Back in late 2011, a 2010 startup called If This Then That caught the attention of several tech blog outlets such Daring Fireball and Laughing Squid. IFTTT had a simple mission: Connect, integrate, and automate your favorite apps and devices.
Forrester summarizes a growing body of trends around low-code development platforms in areas of business-process management (BPM), web content-management, and general-purpose apps.
By 2014, you couldn’t go very far on Internet or modern media before the term STEM is mentioned or extolled as a target to reach. STEM was the backronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. I like word games so I wrote a blog post about two important missing letters.
Around this same time, Forrester doubles down on the categorization of Low Code platforms.
By 2015, you might recall the STEM movement was in high gear. While not all STEM leads to the creation of professional software developers, the decide to widen the aperture of access to software development was already well underway as the “the creator economy” of 50 million people sought greater access to productivity tools.
So, at this point, it might be fair to say “This May Be A Revolution”.
Low code platforms https://t.co/wwkpoR8h2d
Microsoft launches Flow as an IFTTT-like automation tool that can be used for a variety of cloud services.
By 2017, Microsoft Flow is updated with improved workflows for groups, and PowerApps platform Azure Functions integration.
By 2018, we see Low Code appear next to topics like robotic process automation (RPA) within the fintech circles that ensure compliance and regulatory elements of the business.
By 2019, companies that are fully exploring the extended capabilities of Office 365 are already starting to adopt Low Code approaches.
One of the core value drivers within #MicrosoftTeams is its extensible and customizable platform. Learn how to build low code/no code approval workflows for your team using @MicrosoftTeams, @SharePoint, and @MicrosoftFlow: https://t.co/mpBFRKQJIl https://t.co/hX2GSIstbq
By 2020, you could see the Low Code story take on a new dynamic with the emergence of ML/AI turning a descriptive line of text into an application.🤯
I built a todo list app simply by describing it to GPT-3.
It generated the React code for a fully functioning app within seconds.
I’m becoming more impressed and aware of its capabilities every single day. https://t.co/QGrClar03s
Not all Low Code stories have happy endings. For example, by 2021, Google would eventually shut down, G Suite App Maker which provided a low-code environment for building custom business apps.
By 2021, there are now SaaS metrics like monthly active users (MAU) trumpeted in quest to reach the ~50-500 million people that are not developers.
Power Platform is the clear leader in low code/no code development, with more than 11 million monthly active users
CIOs are discussing topics like robotic process automation (RPA), integration platforms as a service (PaaS), as well as Low Code platforms in an increasingly strategic manner.
Top 7 #ERP trends for 2021
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Now, imagine the Global Head of Machine Learning Business Development, Startups & Venture Capital at Amazon Web Services being interested in this topic and…. oh wait… you don’t have to.
I’m looking to meet with the world’s best low code/no code ML startups.
If that’s you or you know someone, reply or DM. Will try and reply to as many as I can.
Can meet with founders in any timezone, referrals encouraged 🌎
Outside of the Enterprise conversation, there are consumer trends that the creator economy has been expressing as a window to the future of how work will be done in the coming years.
Great piece on how the rise of low code/no code tools is opening the floodgates for the democratisation of creativity, ideas, innovations.
From TikTok, to Fortnite creative mode, to Weta + Unity.
How Low Code & No Code Unlock Creation
If you remember when a successful “blog” could unlock significant advertising revenues 20 years ago, just wait til you find out what Low Code is capable of enabling for an entire business today.
Our $3 million startup is built on a $60/month NoCode stack:
- Marketing website: Unicorn ($10)
- Product: Airtable ($0 - credits), Bubble ($25)
- Misc.: Webflow ($25)
Building tech has become affordable!
I’ve shared everything I know about 7 types of NoCode tools 👇🏼
AWS announces Amplify Studio, a Low Code service using Figma to help developers build cloud apps, as an extension of its AWS Amplify service.
Now, imagine if the CEO of a SaaS Observability company (Observe) built entirely on the platform of another company (Snowflake) was to weigh in on this Low Code topic from a revered industry pundit and…. oh wait… you don’t have to.
This 👇 I’m a fan of the low code movement (no code is just dumb). In late 90s - Visual Basic IMHO set the high bar in history for app dev productivity and since then nothing has come close to matching its ease of UI creation and declarative binding to database objects. https://t.co/ZA2RaqXFpX
“No code” is an appealing phrase, but in the end, “no code” is just about raising the level of abstraction while hiding a myriad of pre-decided design decisions just below the surface.
In the past, No-Code tools were used by developers to prototype their ideas but now these tools are more user-friendly and you don’t need to be a developer to use them!
Past, Present, and Future: DevOps
At this point, you might ask “Wait, does this mean DevOps succeeded?”
Well, sort of.
- The goal is to solve business problems with rapid app development via Low Code.
- Low code is only made possible by developers and operations enabling and empowering a far greater audience.
- The audience is people that are not developers.
First, consider the past and present of DevOps culture as captured in this video from GitHub featuring DevOps For Dummies author Emily Freeman.
(If you haven’t heard of Emily before, she is a Java backend engineer that channeled her developer experiences with pager weary operations teams into informative conference talks, educational articles, and a book!)
Next, consider the future of DevOps culture to expressed as follows:
Empower and enable users to build apps for everything via Low Code
Will that DevOps future be realized?
Place your bets.
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