Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. The company has proven that by making technology accessible, more people can solve problems and become heroes in their own way. The amazing thing is, we've all experienced this through their products. Over the last few years, a big focus for Microsoft has been on making software development faster and more cost effective – promoting a shift towards low-code and no-code technology. Through the Microsoft Power Platform, an industry leading low-code development platform, organizations can leverage a rich set of capabilities to enable greater speed and effectiveness for professional developers and domain experts alike. This in turn has paved the way for a "citizen developer" revolution.
The low-code and no-code model enables more people in an organization to create, build and adapt robust applications in a trusted and secure environment. According to Gartner research, "by 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity."
Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Cloud + AI, features on the latest episode of Cloud Talk, discussing the shift towards the low-code model and how it is enabling companies to innovate in new ways. He joins Rackspace Technology CTO and Cloud Talk host Jeff DeVerter for a deep dive into the future of software.
Tune in to hear the following:
- The role of the citizen developer in digital transformation.
- Real-life examples of citizen developers solving problems at hospitals and airports.
- The robust capabilities of the Microsoft Power Platform in building low-code and no-code applications, BI, automation, virtual agents, etc.
- The standardization of cloud and how it's supporting low-code growth.
- Opening up access to AI models.
Guthrie believes that low-code and no-code technology will play a significant role in driving digital transformation for companies at a faster pace. "We’re going to see more digital transformation over the next couple of years, both because of COVID-19 and the rise of the cloud. Low-code / no-code is going to be key to enabling that digital transformation."
On the topic of AI, Guthrie explains that low-code and no-code open up greater access to AI models. "Where I think the majority of us get value from AI is from models that are already built by people or can be easily adapted and trained, without us having to be data science experts. That's where low-code/no-code comes into play."
Microsoft celebrates the growing potential for low-code and no-code technology to continue to empower anyone in an organization to have an impact and be a hero. DeVerter agrees, seeing low-code and no-code as an enabler for employees and thinks employee-led transformation steps will become the norm. "It's going to be expected in the coming years that people actually look for and apply these sorts of changes inside of their organizations.”