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WWDC: Apple’s call to code and the no-code future


When there aren’t enough developers to go around, what can a company like Apple do to try and fix the problem? Two things, really – invest in global education in coding skills, and make its existing environments easier to use.

Apple won’t have a no-code future

WWDC 2022, announced this week and set to take place June 6-10, declares a ‘Call to code,” rather than a call to no code. Apple won’t have a no-code future, but must continue to build developer environments to empower people without much coding knowledge to build increasingly complex apps.

There are solid economic reasons to do so. With every enterprise now a digital enterprise, demand for coding talent is growing exponentially (demand doubled in 2021), so good developers command fees small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) can’t afford. Big-tech firms, including Apple, have the luxury of building development hubs around the world as they seek the best and the brightest developers. SMBs don’t have this advantage.

That shortage of skills is driving many companies to seek alternative ways to get projects done. Apple reads the same surveys we do, so it will know of recent Gartner research claiming 70% of new applications developed by organizations will use low-code or no-code technologies by 2025. It may also have read a Mendix survey that claimed 77% of enterprises already make use of low code where they can.

They do this to reduce the need for expensive development teams, to accelerate company response to change, and to accelerate application delivery. No-code solutions are also cheaper to maintain.

The result? Good results, faster — and at lower risk.

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