Heading into 2022, CIOs should understand the common mistakes they make associated with low-code deployment mistakes and the steps they can take to address them are.
Enterprises are deploying more low-code tools and processes as they look to increase the efficiency of software development and to support digital business efforts. In early 2021, Gartner’s “Forecast Analysis: Low-Code Development Technologies” report predicted that the low-code development market would amount to the US $13.8 billion by the end of 2021, a significant increase of 23% from 2020. The report highlighted that the increase in remote development during the pandemic has continued to boost low-code adoption.
With digital transformation stressing IT to keep up with the demand of application delivery speed, the low-code automation tools can address this. In addition, the rise in demand for custom software programs to support digital transformation initiatives has sparked the emergence of citizen developers outside of the IT department. This, in turn, has influenced the rise in low-code tools.
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As per Christine Spang, CTO, Nylas, “Businesses are facing increased pressure to rapidly build and deploy products and features that drive ROI and stay ahead of their competitors. At the same time, competition for hiring skilled software engineers has never been higher.” She further added, “As a result, we’ll see the adoption of low-code, no-code tools and applications accelerate in 2022 and beyond. Through the use of low-code tools and workflows, businesses will be able to meet market and customer needs faster by building out products and features faster and doing so without compromising on quality or reliability.”
But the deployment of low-code products and processes can be full of errors. Therefore, it is crucial that organizations are aware of them so that they can avoid or minimize the impact on the development operations.
Here are three low-code deployments mistakes that CIOs should avoid while heading in 2022:
● Forgo fundamental development exercises
Most CIOs still misunderstand exactly what a low-code strategy provides them. Many enterprises adopt a low-code approach as a chance to save money or speed up their development. However, the strategy is only going to be successful if they are able to understand what costs the low-code strategy can improve for them. Additionally, most CIOs overlook the broader business as well as governance processes required to ensure that an application is developed to meet their business objectives. By having a clear understanding of their objectives, CIOs will be able to benefit from the development speed.
The biggest advantage of low-code development tools is they minimize the requirement of experienced developers to get their projects done. However, it does not mean that the need for skilled developers goes away.
Asking software engineers proficient in writing bespoke, coding-intensive software applications to build low-code solutions is a mistake. Since they are often used to writing thousands of code lines, they create highly customized applications that become difficult to maintain or scale. Therefore, before deploying a project, CIOs should ensure that their low-code development projects are developed by the team as per the methodology and best practices that the low-code platform vendor prescribes.
Lack of business-led software delivery
One of the critical mistakes that CIOs make with low-code projects is that they failed to involve business executives at the beginning. This lack of involvement of business stakeholders from the start leads to major re-engineering as well as budget/schedule variances. Thus, CIOs should ensure there is strong business-IT alignment when creating low-code projects. This will minimize the time lost in restructuring and save cost while creating applications as the business has imagined.