Low-code becomes an essential technology

Low-code is expected to supplant traditional programming within most organizations by 2024. Companies are making it the backbone of their digital transformation.

According to a survey conducted by Mendix (a subsidiary of Siemens specializing in modern application development), the adoption of low-code has increased from 77% in 2021 to 94% in 2022.

Figures confirmed by another study (Gartner firm) which estimates that in 2025, 70% of applications developed by companies will be based on low or no-code technologies, compared to less than 25% in 2020.

“Today, in 2022, low-code is accelerating the development of customer portals, productivity apps, and enterprise software. The current goals are to gain agility, simplify adoption of various technologies, and secure applications from the start,” reads the report.

Acquisition of platforms

For a majority of professionals surveyed (69%), low-code has gone from being a crisis solution to essential technology. Nearly 40% of organizations therefore rely on low-code for their critical solutions.

Another conclusion tending to confirm the major interest of low-code, one in nine companies would have gone bankrupt during the pandemic if it had not made changes to its technologies, low-code included. For different reasons: loss of customers, loss of reputation, price increase…

Companies have made low-code the pillar of their digital transformation. As the acquisition of platforms is considered strategic, it is now supported by CEOs, CIOs and digital directors.

This report also reveals that these platforms have gone from being a crisis solution during the pandemic to essential technology for 69% of organizations. Almost all (94%) of the companies surveyed have adopted them, up from 77% in 2021.

During the pandemic, manufacturers have relied on low-code for three main use cases to support their logistics and quality assessment processes:

  • Peer-to-peer resource sharing applications
  • manufacturing site device connectivity
  • connectivity with existing commercial software.

Today, these platforms are mainly used for information systems management (50%), production engineering (43%), product design and quality control.

The two main benefits of low-code in the industrial manufacturing sector are increased visibility into processes (39%) and real-time data (38%).

Bridging the gap between IT and OT

Data integration is an important parameter here. It provides access to information previously reserved for engineers, to optimize calls for tenders and the creation of mobile applications adapted to different workflows. Conversely, the two main challenges for the sector are the modernization of existing systems and the supervision of production (32%).

Low-code is also used to strengthen collaboration between different teams, disciplines and regions, and to connect to and access transport service providers and suppliers (64%).

A key goal is also to leverage low-code to bridge the gap between traditional (IT) and industrial (OT) information systems. Additionally, many use it to mitigate issues in their supply chains. Unsurprisingly, almost a third of respondents say they are frustrated with their company’s legacy systems.

39% of respondents therefore want the assurance that low-code solutions are able to offer good integration with the legacy. The majority (63%) of organizations have used these platforms to address transportation, logistics, and supply chain issues.

“The way our businesses operate has changed dramatically over the past two years. From now on, it is absolutely essential to carry out its digital transformation, and to interact with its customers and employees with different methods and points of contact.

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