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Curing The Plague Of Low-Code

Jaded technology veterans may look at the exploding Low-Code marketplace and see little more than warmed-over trends from the 1980s and 1990s.

After all, Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE), Fourth-Generation Languages (4GLs) and Rapid Application Development (RAD) all promised faster, streamlined software development. What’s different today?

At this week’s OutSystems NextStep conference, numerous customers stepped up to the mic and answered that question with real-life stories about solutions that would have been inconceivable in the CASE/4GL/RAD days.

Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems

Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems

OutSystems CEO Paulo Rosado kicked off the conference by drawing the line in the sand. “What happened with PowerBuilder [from Appeon and SAP], [Microsoft] SharePoint, and [Microsoft] Access?” Rosado asked. “They were impossible to scale. You ran into the wall of reliability, maintainability, scalability. It’s that wall that’s the plague of the low-code category.”

Add to that list of plagues: modernization and integration challenges. In today’s enterprise environment, apps rarely if ever run in isolation. They must both connect to – and in many cases, help to replace – existing applications.

Older RAD tools and their ilk simply weren’t up to these challenges. “When we’re talking about rewriting legacy systems, we’re talking about agility at scale,” Rosado continued.

Read the entire article at https://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbloomberg/2017/09/21/curing-the-plague-of-low-code/.

Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, Microsoft and OutSystems are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. OutSystems covered Jason Bloomberg’s expenses to NextStep, a standard industry practice. Image credit: Jason Bloomberg.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).