What CIOs can Learn from Low-Code Platform CTOs

Last week, I published an article at InfoWorld on 7 low-code platforms developers should know. I find low-code a controversial discussion with some developers who love coding, prefer developing applications from scratch, and view low-code platforms as either a compromise, threat, or yet-another-tool to learn. 

Why Low-Code by Isaac Sacolick

Low-code platforms are not designed for every business need and technical challenge, but they can cover a ton of ground. Many organizations are investing in digital transformation and responding to COVID-related remote working conditions. IT departments are overwhelmed with businesses wanting more apps that are higher quality, easier experiences, greater security, lower technical debt, better integrated, and more frequently updated.

Since COVID, I've seen more CIOs and IT leaders take a second look at low-code platforms and capabilities. I used to be one of the few people talking about it conferences like SINC IT Forums, and was sometimes challenged about whether low-code was versatile, productive, and secure. Now, it's more popular to jargon-drop low-code, and many IT leaders still have much to learn about low-code platform capabilities, governance models, and agile delivery approaches.

So I asked low-code platform CTOs why developers should utilize low-code platforms and how it benefits their careers. But their answers are a better read for CIOs and IT leaders exploring opportunities with these platforms.

Low-code is about accelerating product delivery

"Software development has always progressed in a manner to simplify the composition and accelerate the delivery of digital solutions. Low-code is a natural step in that progression. Low-code is specifically designed to accelerate project delivery and help organizations meet the ever-growing demand for new digital solutions to drive their business operations. The key to building a lasting and fulfilling career in software development is to be open to change and always remember that non-technical business managers value the output of a developer's work over the methods used." - Malcolm Ross, Deputy CTO at Appian

"Low code essentially democratizes application development skills and makes it easier for the organization to meet business goals faster. It also allows for technical currency in an ever-evolving complex tech landscape when it comes to app development." - Rajesh Raheja, SVP of Engineering at Boomi

Low-code drives business collaboration and innovation

"For developers, the real benefit of low-code is not just the ability to speed up writing a few lines of code, but the improved communication with business users, who often have difficulty explaining what they really need. Allowing them to build prototypes means they better understand the process and can communicate better about feature requests and updates. The result will not only be an application that more closely meets users' needs, but also a better appreciation for developers and their challenges." - Roland Hörmann, CEO of SIB Visions

"If you're a professional developer, low-code platforms free you from uninspiring tasks that zap your creativity. By democratizing the development of departmental and long-tail apps, you can focus on mission-critical projects, new technologies, and innovation — which actually increases the value of your expertise in the long run. Low-code also helps you rapidly prototype and demo POCs, saving endless development hours when new ideas are still being socialized and approved." - Ioannis Kritikopoulos, VP of Engineering and Operations at Caspio.

Low-code frees up overworked developers 

"Often, the goal of adopting DevOps within a company is to reduce the tedious manual tasks that monopolize developers' time and lead to IT delivery backlogs. Developers who embrace low-code see it as a way to further reduce the time-consuming process of building an application or tool from the ground up, especially at a time when it's essential to build and deploy such applications in a matter of days and weeks, not months or years. There is a real need for operational agility, especially as businesses need to move quickly and efficiently. In today's environment, low-code allows and empowers companies to quickly find solutions and get back to the future of work." - Jay Jamison, Chief Product & Technology Officer at Quick Base

"Whether they aspire to be in management or a principle engineer, developers should first recognize that low-code empowers them to do less rote work and focus on more interesting and challenging software problems. Moreover, low-code enables developers to take an active role in shaping and driving business initiatives, which are essential to rising within any organization. When business success is directly attributable to developers' contributions, their career opportunities expand immensely." - Nick Ford, VP of product and developer evangelism at Mendix

"In the ever-evolving business landscape, neither traditional coding nor traditional low-code solutions are enough to deliver quality applications at the speed required for success. Developers are overworked and up against constantly increasing demands for new applications or changes to existing ones, battling complexities and time-consuming processes. OutSystems is making it possible for developers to create the apps they need fast, right, and for the future, allowing them to generate the greatest impact and results." - Goncalo Gaiolas VP of Product at OutSystems 

Learn more about low-code

As always, I am here for your questions. If you don't know where to start, continue, or grow with how low-code can drive digital transformation, please reach out to me!

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About Isaac Sacolick

Isaac Sacolick is President of StarCIO, a technology leadership company that guides organizations on building digital transformation core competencies. He is the author of Digital Trailblazer and the Amazon bestseller Driving Digital and speaks about agile planning, devops, data science, product management, and other digital transformation best practices. Sacolick is a recognized top social CIO, a digital transformation influencer, and has over 900 articles published at InfoWorld, CIO.com, his blog Social, Agile, and Transformation, and other sites. You can find him sharing new insights @NYIke on Twitter, his Driving Digital Standup YouTube channel, or during the Coffee with Digital Trailblazers.