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4 Considerations for CIOs When Using Low-Code and No-Code Tools

By Umme Sutarwala - July 29, 2021 3 Mins Read

4 Considerations for CIOs When Using Low-Code and No-Code Tools

In recent years, building apps has become broadly accessible for both businesses and non-programmers without requiring extensive technical work. Enterprises should not simply ignore the significance of low-code or no-code technologies as they seek better solutions to boost their productivity and strengthen their infrastructure.

Low-code/no-code tools offer a compelling solution for some companies as CIOs explore methods to help their teams maximize software delivery efforts. Low-code/no-code tools can help skilled developers to maximize outputs and scale, in addition to empowering “citizen developers” with few or no development expertise.

According to a 2019 report by Gartner, by 2024, 65% of all application development will be done with low code, and 66% of big companies would employ at least four low-code application building platforms.

The decision of the CIO to adopt low-code/no-code is influenced by organizational challenges, risk management, and DevOps team requirements. When it comes to low-code/no-code adoption, there are a few things CIOs should consider.

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Implementing low-code or no-code should be based on risk management activities throughout the company

Experts feel that it is not the CIO, but other business aspects, who prefer this adoption, as they seek a better understanding of some difficult philosophies and skill sets. No-code allows businesses to do things differently, but the code still conducts the operations.

Whether or not to switch to no-code is contingent on one’s business value relationship with development. No-code is probably not the best option if the business revolves around custom-fit applications with quick releases and cutting-edge technologies. No-code pushes developers and operators further away from the technology that drives business value.

Having the capability to generate change with visual representation can be incredibly beneficial if the system is dependent on security, testing, or even compliance. No-code implementations could also be seen in service desk scenarios, where dashboards and reports can be individually customized by picking responses without having to go into the SQL language or options that the no-code option simply creates.

When working with an IT sponsor, avoid duplicating efforts

Consider adopting low-code/no-code if an organization has urgent non-mission-critical demands and development resources are few. Low-code/no-code is also a viable option if business demands are simple and can survive independently from core systems.

CIOs should also ensure that someone from IT should be a sponsor for low-code/no-code work to ensure that business units aren’t duplicating each other’s efforts and to take advantage of existing centralized assets like Single Sign-on (SSO).

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CIOs should concentrate on enhancing the overall developer experience

Engineering teams can have enough time to focus on more value-add coding activities and develop products based on their company requirements if they move manual, monotonous, tedious, and non-mission-critical activities to a low-code/no-code platform.

Low-code/no-code platforms, on the other hand, can help companies respond more quickly to product needs, but different criteria should be considered first to address the best levels of governance, oversight for different types of apps, data access, security policies, app performance, and integration dependencies with these app platforms.

If a CIO can trust that the DevOps platform they have chosen can take care of security and quality, they will be able to deliver software faster, improve the developer experience, and get to market sooner.

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Umme Sutarwala

Umme Sutarwala is a Global News Correspondent with OnDot Media. She is a media graduate with 2+ years of experience in content creation and management. Previously, she has worked with MNCs in the E-commerce and Finance domain

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