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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 a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

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), and several software and web development positions.