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Data and Software Services

Application Services - Low-Code or No Code?

Low-code platforms is ideally suited for organizations that are caught in between critical software legacy and the need for innovation. Low-code is a serious accelerator, driving digital transformation. Users expect a frictionless and connected user experience and businesses require faster delivery cycles. The Dutch market has adopted low-code rather early. It has been here for more than 10 years. The worldwide market for low-code development is estimated $21.2 billion in 2022.

Low-code is mostly a visual approach to software development. Low Code ‘programming’ involves more configuration with models rather (a sort of assemblage of software blocks) than traditional writing of software code to enable rapid delivery of software solutions.

There are two fundamental trends that both drive Low-Code that’s the platform and artificial intelligence. Already in the eighties James Martin was talking about application development without programmers. After that various tools followed, with varying degrees of success.

Data services is the basis for applications like Low Code, Analytics, Self Service Business Intelligence or dashboarding.

As businesses increasingly begin to rely on data for competing, Data Services is beginning to have a main role in the organization. Especially in the era of digital transformation Data Services need to be dynamic and scalable. The Insights-as-a-Service market size is estimated USD 3.33 billion by 2021.

Data Services that help to manage data for clients. There are -build your own data platforms- combining separate components like data virtualization tools, cloud Data Ware Housing and on premises databases. And there are -Enterprise Insight Platforms- like Microsoft Data Platform on Azure or IBM Cloud Pack For Data. These large cloud platforms that support skilled users in multiple tasks across the data and analytics pipeline.

The trend that drives data services is automaton of data service itself sometimes supported by artificial intelligence. Still a lot of expert users work mostly independently on “point” solutions and rarely collaborate much, so data governance and data integration remain an issue.

What will bring Low Code or No Code platforms? What will bring data services and platforms? What is it? What can you expect of it? How it is being used in practice? What are the main issues. And what’s your opinion about it?

Discussion leader

Eric van Tol Director Big Data Fontys school of ICT
Eric van Tol