Author: Michelle Gardner, Appian
Low-code and DevOps are both growing in popularity—and for good reason. They both help IT teams deliver better results, faster.
As good as DevOps and low-code are on their own, they’re even better when combined. Why? In part, because the two share complementary goals: DevOps is about optimizing the software engineering process so you can deliver applications to users faster, compressing time to value. Low-code is about building software faster so it enters DevOps pipelines sooner. It’s also about giving organizations the choice of mobilizing a wider portion of their workforce in developing, testing, and updating software applications and tools—accelerating pace and potentially off-loading some routine tasks from DevOps teams.
They also both have a growing presence across enterprises. DevOps principles and methods have been adopted by 74% of enterprises, according to research reported in a 2021 ZDNet article.1 Meanwhile, Gartner® forecasts that “by 2025, 70% of new applications developed by enterprises will use low-code or no-code technologies, up from less than 25% in 2020.”2
By 2025, 70% of new applications developed by enterprises will use low-code or no-code technologies, up from less than 25% in 2020.
Wherever you are with DevOps and low-code, you can combine their strengths. Maybe your organization has a dedicated DevOps team, or maybe a senior engineer has taken on DevOps responsibilities. You might have engineers and business analysts already using low-code methods, or you might be researching and evaluating low-code platforms. In any case, leveraging the combined strengths of DevOps and low-code will help you streamline development.
As much as DevOps improves software engineering processes on its own, it can still make even more of an impact. There are two bottlenecks to smooth-running pipelines that can be cleared by coupling enterprise low-code with DevOps: the coding bottleneck and the testing bottleneck.
Effective DevOps relies partly on an efficient stream of high-quality code entering continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines. Low-code platforms help by enabling the following:
DevOps’ success at increasing the pace of software development, along with added demand for speed coming from accelerated digital transformation, can create a pile-up of work for quality testing. Low-code platforms help by:
With the rising popularity of enterprise-grade low-code platforms, we no longer need to keep developers and business experts in separate boxes. More accessible, collaborative development tools fueled by DevOps and low-code help these teams join forces to make greater operational impacts faster.
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1 ZDNet, “DevOps adoption almost doubles in five years, Covid crisis accelerated adoption,” February, 2021.
2 “Gartner Risks and Opportunity Index: Low-Code Platforms,” Fabrizio Biscotti, Paul Vincent, Jason Wong, Laurie Wurster (June 2021) GARTNER is a registered trademark and service mark of Gartner, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and internationally and is used herein with permission. All rights reserved.
Date: August 30, 2022