The State of Low-Code Development

GEORGE V. HULME | May 16, 2019

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As enterprises continue to play catch-up when it comes to meeting their internal demand for new software services and applications, more enterprises but still, only a minority are turning to low-code development platforms to try to fill the gap. Low-code development platform provider OutSystems released its sixth annual “State of Application Development Report.” The report is based on surveys conducted in March of 3,300 IT professionals. The report found that a sizable minority (41%) of respondents are already using low-code platforms, while another 10% stated they were about to start using a low-code development platform. For comparison, in the 2018 report, 34% of respondents said they were using low-code development platforms and 9% said they were about to start using these platforms. Clearly, interest in these platforms is rising, if not modestly.

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The Importance of Storytelling in Software Development

Article | July 19, 2021

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