Low-code can help you speed up the development of applications, freeing up time for innovative work and cutting down on debugging.
It’s no secret that IT faces a major talent shortage. Software companies feel the skills gap especially deeply – the fast-paced digital world has customers asking for new features within weeks, and IT teams are feeling the pressure to meet increasing demands.
Agile development helps with quicker turnaround times, but the software community still faces a major skills gap and rising issues with burnout — we need to find another way. Low-code development could help developers find some relief as it speeds up development of applications, frees up time for innovative work, and cuts down on debugging, thanks to automated governance best practices. Here’s how I see it playing out.
Companies can’t find strong coding talent fast enough, and the skills gap grows every day. This talent shortage causes major stress for developers, however low code is one way to minimize that gap. It’s not a replacement for a developer, but rather a way for developers to complete tasks faster. For today’s workplace, speed is essential as established software companies aim to build programs quickly to meet customers’ changing needs.
Low-code technology is capable of building programs that require personalization, data governance, and scalability. Consider a custom onsite diagnostic system for field service engineers. Instead of programming the system from scratch, a small group of developers can use a single low code platform to quickly build the system to scan for defects, find replacement parts, and notify IT for service approvals, thanks to low-code’s often drag and drop interface and model-driven approach. That’s the beauty of low code – low-code platforms provide a speedy alternative that is both scalable and customizable. 
IT developers always seem to be working overtime, piling on tasks such as fixing bugs, building connections between applications and troubleshooting integration issues. Low code lets developers quickly handle those tasks and focus their energy on innovation, which often brings the most value to the company.
For instance, a lot of times integrations within software are critical, but time-consuming to do. Applications necessary to improve consumer experiences such as student portals or registration systems are important, yet straightforward to build out. Low code would speed up those connections so the developer can focus on developing programs that are essential to the company, such as complex proprietary platforms that generate revenue. 
Governance is more important than ever, from coding best practices to security ones. Thankfully low-code has governance built into it, so all development with it adheres to the company’s data governance standards. Since fixing software bugs can eat away at developers’ schedules, low code can give developers’ back time.
Additionally, many low-code platforms have built-in governance capabilities that enhance the security and trust of data. Low-code platforms support governance processes from granting access to data for certain users to limiting inconsistencies in data flow or output. With low code, IT teams can maintain or improve governance practices and set the foundation for stronger data security. 
Software companies rely on their IT teams to develop strong programs to meet their customers’ needs, but they’re often overwhelmed by their workload and the ever-increasing talent shortage. Low-code can alleviate some developer stress and give time back to developers by speeding development, improving governance processes and freeing up time for innovative tasks.
Vicki Pan brings over 20 years of experience to her role as director of software engineering at Boomi where she leads Boomi’s application services team and focuses on user engagement. Her work centers around R&D for Boomi’s low-code platform.

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