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Paulo Rosado, CEO and Founder of OutSystems, says Low Code is at the intersection of flexibility and control. OutSystems, which turns 20 this year, believes this intersection is both the opportunity of a lifetime for the business but also places OutSystems at the heart of some of the largest problems CIOs and CTOs face in the 2020s. Rosado is therefore piloting a business and a software sector that still faces branding and understanding issues amongst CIOs and CTOs, and has received a major investment injection, which will need to deliver a return.
“To give flexibility to the business, you have to build at the time when you don’t have the capacity,” Rosado says of the challenge CIOs and CTOs face of being a department that enables and leads change, but is also being constrained by resource shortages. Rosado believes this situation will be exacerbated in the coming months and years as organisations continue to accelerate digital transformation plans following the pandemic. The need for new digital services and operating models will increase the demand on CIOs and CTOs to create applications, but regulations and a high degree of uncertainty about the level of economic recovery mean that governance will not be allowed to make way for innovation.
“Innovation is really close to the edge of the business, so as a platform vendor, we cannot allow a loss of control,” the CEO says. “What we are seeing now is that in every piece of software, you are never done; everything has to be a product,” he says of the iterative nature of digital services and their development process.
Application development platforms and Low Code are sometimes viewed by sceptical business technology leaders as the harbinger of shadow IT and application sprawl, with the tech debt and hidden costs that this leads to. As a result, OutSystems is tackling this perception head on.
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