Why is No-code Becoming “In” All of a Sudden?🔗
The last several years have turned “no-code” into a household term in tech business. The initial doubts that no-code would not amount to much beyond marketing talk have turned out to be in vain. The sheer number of tasks which no-code tools can handle (breadth) and proficiency with which they can perform them (depth) have expanded consistently over a couple of years. As a result, some no-code platforms have even surpassed the billion dollar threshold in valuation. Let’s have a look at a number of factors that have combined to set the stage for the rise of no-code.
Technology has matured🔗
No-code tools have come a long way in just a few years. In addition to tech startups developing no-code platforms, tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Microsoft have been pouring billions of dollars into developing more capable no-code products. Combined with the improvements in the internet infrastructure across the globe, and the rise of technologies such as cloud computing and AI, no-code platforms look poised to take on a bigger role now.
Too much demand, not enough talent🔗
The rising demand for software is one of the defining characteristics of our age. However, the number of developers entering the industry each year is not enough to satisfy this demand. The number of computer science graduates who will join the workforce by 2022 will barely amount to one-third of the actual need (40K vs. 120K) and this will add to the approximately 1MM tech job openings in the U.S. This dynamic is driving up the salaries of developers, making them less affordable for startups and SMBs.
Not only that, but the recruitment process seems to be getting dragged out, too. According to a study, the average time to recruit for a tech position was as long as 66 days in 2019, which is 50 percent longer than it was for other positions. A longer recruitment process threatens innovation and prevents a company from realizing its true potential, something a startup can ill-afford. This is where no-code comes into play. No-code technology empowers people that do not come from a coding background to carry out tasks that would otherwise have to be done by developers. Make no mistake, though: No-code platforms will not replace the coders. Instead, they will support coders and take over repetitive tasks so that elite talent can focus on a strategic level where their creativity and expertise can have a much bigger impact.
A tech-savvy generation entering the workforce🔗
Members of the much-talked-about Gen Z are graduating from college and joining the workforce. This changes the whole ballgame because of the way how immersed these people have been in technology from the moment they were born—they are digital natives. They learn online, socialize online, fight online and are generally much more comfortable using technology compared to the generations that preceded them. While their parents might get frustrated and stressed operating different digital tools, using apps has become second-nature to Gen Z. Employers are looking to leverage this capability by putting the members of Gen Z in a position where they can make a difference using no-code tools.
The impact of the pandemic🔗
The digital transformation that was already in place before the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated in a world of lockdowns, working from home and video conferences. U.S. e-commerce sales saw a 32.4 percent increase in 2020 over the previous year and online sales have become a lifeline for even small businesses. The bakery on your street, the florist in the neighborhood or the dairy producer in the countryside have all turned to e-commerce platforms in order to cope with the challenges of the pandemic. This definitely had an impact on no-code platforms, making e-commerce templates one of the most popular no-code tools. On the other hand, remote work seems to have changed the work life forever: 83 percent of employers and 71 percent of employees think that remote work has been a success, so it is a trend that is here to stay in one form or another. No-code platforms facilitate this trend by automating certain processes and making it possible for employees to collaborate online.
Code2 was developed by a team whose members were part of the work force through all the changes that took place in the software industry in the last decade. Thus, the platform evolved accordingly, in response to the demands of the industry, and now it is ready to help startups and individuals fulfill their potential in the face of those challenges.