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As the demand for digital transformation and the pressure to deliver new and differentiated digital products continues to rise amid a tech talent shortage and skills gaps, most organizations' IT departments can’t keep up.
Serendipitously, technologies that remove the complexity of software development through automation and friendlier visual IDEs, like low-code and no-code, are on the rise as they empower non-IT workers to contribute to the development process.
In fact, according to the latest Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, IT democratization (together with hyperautomation and business composability) is the top trend leading to the growth of the low-code market.
To quote Gartner,
“41% of employees in an organization are business technologists — that is, employees who report outside of IT departments and create technology or analytics capabilities for internal or external business use. (...) These non-IT employees primarily use either a low-code or no-code approach to create analytics or technology capabilities, versus manual coding.”
— Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms
In an enterprise landscape, IT democratization is often associated with essentially two approaches:
There are several benefits associated with IT democratization: