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The promise -- and pitfalls -- of low code/no code

Amidst the many changes we saw in 2016, one stands out to me as I look forward to 2017 and that’s the rise of low code/no code platforms. These tools are designed to let pretty much anyone — even a 19th C. English Lit. major like myself — create applications, or tweak existing apps, without actually knowing how to program. On the surface, this sounds like an obvious and inexpensive solution to the worldwide software developer shortage. But is it really?

So far, most low code/no code citizen developers are creating apps for internal customers and that solve problems specific to their businesses. This isn’t a bad thing; conceivably it frees up IT to focus on more pressing issues and more than likely citizen devs can bring their ideas to life far more quickly if they can do it themselves.

But “outward facing” apps built by citizen developers are increasing, according to a survey from QuickBase and the tip over point — where there are more commercially released apps than not — may be approaching in 2017, or maybe not. Forrester Research principal analyst Robert Stroud is certainly bullish on citizen developers, but points to a lack of support from cloud platforms like AWS as one barrier to their further use in organizations.

And there are other challenges. Who oversees these citizen devs? If it’s the business side — which might make sense — then there needs to be a way to ensure that all of those IT “rules” regarding compliance, security, etc., are followed. Those aren’t necessarily areas where a product manager is going to focus his/her attention. And while the existing low code/no code platform solutions are robust enough for the jobs they’re doing, they’re not at the point yet of covering everything from idea generation to development, security and ultimately deployment. That, I think, is where the real promise lays.

It will be interesting to see if those one-stop-shop solutions arrive next year.

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I do not agree that it will fail
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Don't confuse Windows 8 tablet and Windows RT.
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The current Surface RT Tablet will fail is the bottomline of the article. However I think the Surface Pro will too. The processor is just too energy consuming and the tablet too thick. An ultra book is probably a better choice for the time-being. It's waiting for a better x86 processor and probably Samsung to adapt the OS.
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I believe the Surface with Windows 8 Pro resolves the problems mentioned in this article. While Windows RT is not enterprise capable it is still competitive with the Ipad.
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I have the Surface RT. While it is true that it has its flaws, it is still far better that the iPad in a business environment.
I will also be buying the Surface with Windows Professional when it comes out in January.
I completely disagree with the writer. This product will not fail. It is very impressive.
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Isn't obvious the RT is for non-business users? I expect if the commercial market is adapting to Win8 as their choice of Tablet platform, they will do so via the x86 version. Clovertrail seems to match ARM in both price/battery-life.
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