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Why Startups can’t ignore the No-code Movement

There is a rapid evolution of emerging startups, with a desperate need to fill their tech jobs. For them, filling these positions can be a determinant of their success. The data supports this, as research shows that 87% of organizations are struggling to fill tech jobs. As tech giants are draining this pool and offering the best of the best benefits, startups have fewer resources to recruit and retain IT talent. Even the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that in 2020 there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than applicants who can fill them. Something needs to be done to close the widening skills gap.

Luckily, “software as usual” is transforming, into a visual and widget-based development. Yes, we all know it, the No code, and low code software tools are leading this change. 

These new drag-and-drop apps are providing the tools for people to easily learn, and build software. Now, more people have the ability to build apps and to provide new services for startups. We are witnessing a disruption of the whole market, one that will unlock many opportunities, for everyone. 

Soren Kaplan, have compared this disruption to when MacOS and Windows operating systems have transformed personal computing, providing GUI interfaces and faster adaptability. In this case, the no-code tools are transforming the way we develop software, unlocking this industry for more people to join. The development of the apps is becoming decentralized, so this space won’t be limited only to developers, but for everyone that wants to create and build products. This is so meaningful and important, as it unlocks the power for everyone to bring their ideas to life.

In a recent research by Gartner Forecasts, results have shown that these low code apps have many benefits, especially for small businesses.

"By 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65 percent of application development activity." - according to Gartner Forecasts."
Gartner forecast data on low code.

These tools are growing and maturing at a fast pace, and startups should get on board.

What are the benefits for startups?

  1. Everyone is a maker

I loved this post by Makerpad. Sally said that the No-code movement is changing who gets to be a builder, and the barrier to building something is getting much lower. This is completely true and it is just starting. Imagine how many people will get to build their idea, and show it to the world. Imagine how important this can be within your company, because now you won’t have the technical barrier to build, publish and get feedback about your product.

  1. Making your job easier

A lot of people mistakenly think that the no-code movement is here to replace software development. Of course not. No-code is here to make your life easier. There are a lot of things that you can easily do with no code, that will otherwise cost you a lot of money, or take a lot of time on your plate. 

For example, you can build time-savers tools. These tools can possibly automate small or a big task, and you won’t need to wait for a developer to solve it for you. You can take a look at Michael Gill’s recently published book where he highlights more than 150 small automations that you can easily do with no-code tools such as Zapier, Webflow, and others.

  1. Ability to move quickly

Apart that no-code tools are here to make your life easier, you also invest in your business agility. I have heard a lot of CTOs that talk about how no-code actually improved the management of big projects, and avoided a lot of bottlenecks between different teams. No-code tools are usually built in the way that what you see is what you get, so the learning curve is much shorter. Thus, building apps can be much faster, and way cheaper.

  1. Fast creation of your MVP

All this leads to this final benefit that kind of wraps everything that we’ve talked about before. The core action that you need to do for your new startup is to validate your idea. No-code lets you cut down on time spent for app development, and start working instantly on your idea, with a goal to publish fast. You can create your MVP on your own, get feedback and raise money to improve the idea.

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