According to an IDC study, more than 500 million new applications will be created in the next five years – that’s more than in the past 40 years put together. With so much activity taking place, demand for software developers is robust across all industries, and it’s already clear that solutions beyond “hire more software developers” will be needed.
Using no-code and low-code technologies is a major success factor here in allowing citizen developers – employees of specific departments – to implement applications independently, but still within the frameworks, and subject to the technical and organizational specifications, established by IT. Gartner estimates that 70% of new applications created between now and 2025 will be implemented on the basis of these technologies.
The Power Platform from Microsoft is geared toward this market segment. This technology is already used by more than 20 million employees. One key success factor in digital capability has proven to be the center of excellence approach (XX link to CS service page; please ask Marc Schäfer/Ingo Meironke if it is live yet).
Full-code and/or professional developers will continue to be responsible (out of necessity) for modernizing existing applications and crafting complex new ones, at least in part. Microsoft offers a wide range of Azure components as technologies to meet these needs. The key here is that all these different products fit together into a single integrated tool set, so no-code, low-code, and full-code developments can benefit from each other and work together without friction.