Low-code and no-code still need highly involved IT departments

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Low-code and no-code tools are everywhere in the market these days. At their best, they present an opportunity to unlock the powers of code, usually reserved for specialized individuals with tons of training, and allowing regular folks to build and launch apps without involving IT departments.

However, that is not yet where we are at. In more than 9 out of 10 cases, the IT department is very involved. That is a conclusion from the report coming out after a survey of 1000 IT executives, of which 60% blame a lack of experience as the main hurdle.

What’s the hold-up?

The study was sponsored and published by Creatio. It found that users are challenged by a lack of experience with the solutions offered. 60% of respondents named it the major barrier to low-code/no-code tools adoption.

IT departments are tasked with providing the guidance needed to understand low-code applications while monitoring progress. About 6% of low-code development is done by users with no IT involvement, showing the stark contrast between what we expected of the tools and what the real-world experience is like.

The survey’s authors said that the use of these tools still needs a basic understanding of the technologies underpinning them.

The overall picture

As much as we want regular users to adopt the use of code for innovations and in-house solutions, the authors of the survey do not think that this new class of coders is capable of taking on bigger challenges.

For that reason, they recommend that the IT staff retain control and ownership of aspects like security and system administration, integrations, and overall consistency across the IT side of things.

Some of the benefits companies are finding in the adoption of these new technologies include an accelerated time-to-market, reduced app development costs, and benefits across finance, human resource, and marketing.