Software engineers have been trusted for ages to build applications and solutions that satisfy organizational needs and drive value. They are highly trained in technical skills and have just the right acumen to drive digital transformation in an organization. Organizations have depended on IT departments (comprise of software engineers) for all their digital needs. However, the scenario is fastly changing.
According to Gartner, by 2023 65% of software development will be done through means other than traditional coding. No-code has been fast gaining traction, touted as the next big digital disruptor. No-code technology has enabled business users to not rely on IT departments, instead create their own solutions without writing a single line of code.
So what does this mean? That no-code is here to eat away the expertise of software engineers and compete with them? The answer is a big NO.
Concerns of engineers
We get it, the skepticism coming from engineers is absolutely justified. Engineers spend years gaining technical skills and understanding the ins and outs of an organization’s requirements. They usually have reservations about the complexity levels of the applications built through no-code, and if they will ever be enough. They might view no-code as just basic visual platforms that are not capable enough to create complex business solutions and that functional and scalable.
Engineers also might see no-code technology as competition to their skills, the same skills that they have spent years mastering and cultivating. Another important concern of engineers is the way in which no-code can bring in the issue of shadow IT. Shadow IT is the trend of using and purchasing digital tools and technology without the permission or knowledge of the IT department. This can not only lead to a waste of precious resources but it might also pose security risks.
The case for no-code for engineers
It is important to understand that no-code is not here to take away the skill set of engineers or to replace them. In the points below, we make a case for how no-code for engineers can help them to empower their organization and bring in digital transformation.
Increasing the productivity of engineers
Instead of taking away their jobs, no-code can actually help engineers in doing their job in a manner that is more meaningful than ever. As business users are empowered to make their own solutions for day-to-day processes, the burden on engineers is reduced. As a result, they can utilize their efforts in creating high-value solutions that drive the organization towards success. This also leads to a decrease in opportunity costs, as organizations can best use the technical skills and expertise of engineers.
Not only that, no-code for engineers can also help them to save time and costs. Leading no-code platforms of today have the ability to create complex solutions as well, without writing a single line of code. With their technical expertise, software engineers can use these platforms to eliminate the hassles faced in traditional development.
Seamless collaboration among teams
Earlier, development used to be an isolated process done only and only through the IT department. But now, no-code for engineers and their organizations encourages citizen development, where various employees are involved in the process of building solutions. This ensures collaboration and communication among various teams, reducing the risk of silos. This can also be seen as an opportunity to communicate various guidelines and protocols, and establishing channels of communication that ensure that Shadow IT does not find a way to lurk around.
Evidently, the concerns that engineers have towards no-code platforms can be easily resolved. The only thing that is important is the choice of the no-code platform that is entrusted to bring about digital transformation in the organization, as all platforms are not built the same. With the right platform, software engineers can be empowered to implement the digital and technological vision they have for their organization.
Squashing away all the myths and misconceptions, it can clearly be seen that no-code for engineers is a match made in heaven, and both can work in perfect tandem to drive organizational success.