According to Gartner, “By 2024, 75% of large enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools for both IT application development and citizen development initiatives.” Given the unprecedented demand for programmers, coupled with the fact that some 83% of CIOs say they are struggling to find tech talent, it’s becoming abundantly clear that so-called citizen developers are the way of the future.
Techopedia defines the term citizen developer as “an end user who creates new applications or programs…[who] is not a professional developer who is paid to code applications, but an ‘amateur,’ someone who uses the tools available to him/her for building applications that his/her team can or will use during the course of their work.”
Thanks to the rise of low-code / no-code automation platforms, citizen developers can customize applications based on organizational need, ultimately driving business efficiency and productivity. If you are among this growing community or are interested in developing your tech skills, here are six online resources that you’ll want to bookmark and follow.
The Low-Code Daily is an online publication that provides a daily digest of news and articles curated from the world’s leading providers of low-code and no-code application development platforms. The content contained within this site is sure to keep you up-to-date with all the goings-on in the tech field’s fastest growing category.
If you’re not yet familiar, Gartner is one of the trusted and respected resources in the tech industry. Their site is chock-full of valuable insight, tools, guidance and advice, including a plethora of content that focuses on low-code / no-code technology. In particular, the firm’s annual “Magic Quadrant” report is of particular interest to citizen developers who like to stay abreast of industry trends.
Forrester is a world-renowned research and consulting firm offering a wealth of information relating to the low-code / no-code community. The site features a variety of content, from blogs to reports to podcasts and more. The firm is continuously monitoring and evaluating current tech options, and should be at the top of any citizen developer’s reading list. Of particular interest is the New Wave report, which analyzes, scores and ranks low-code platforms.
No-Code Weekly is a free online newsletter, loaded with the best stuff from the world of no-code technology. Keep your finger on the pulse of the citizen development community and stay in the know on products, platforms, techniques and strategies.
The No-Code Journal is run by a team of self-proclaimed “no-code enthusiasts” who were looking to develop a resource for no-code/ low-code, visual development and citizen developer news, insights and trends. They are product/tool agnostic and are simply interested in seeing the industry develop and reach a larger audience. The site features everything from articles and podcasts to educational material and more. It’s also a great place to discuss new products, tool launches and community updates.
The Ayehu Resource Center contains a wealth of information and a variety of content designed to demystify AI and intelligent automation technology and provide IT and security technology professionals with up-to-the-minute knowledge, experience and tools necessary to develop and expand their knowledge. Of particular interest is the Automation Academy, a free platform that to date has certified more than 1,200 citizen developers. If you’re looking to future-proof your career, this is the place to be.
There’s no doubt about it. Low-code / no-code technology is here to stay. Whether you are an existing or aspiring citizen developers, the resources above should help you keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in this excited, ever-changing and rapidly growing community.