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.