British businesses to invest in low-code development to face new challenges

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A recent survey by Mendix revealed that British businesses are deploying low-code and complementary technologies to help them cope with the double challenge of Brexit and COVID-19.

With the challenges brought by the pandemic, British businesses had to transform the way they worked and rely increasingly more on their IT departments. Indeed, it was found out that 65% believe that the IT department has been instrumental in preparing for Brexit and that it is better prepared for the transition than the rest of the business.

The report also showed that 46% of IT leaders have prioritized solutions that boost business resilience as well as agility and employee productivity. Thus, there was a growth of cloud computing, collaboration software, and productivity software.

However, the IT department is now expected to deliver projects, services, or digital changes quicker. To help with that, many businesses have increased their investments and resources.

Moreover, the study stated that employees have become more tech-savvy in 2020 as they have had to adopt digital technologies to work, making their businesses more prepared for the changes ahead. Hence, more enterprises are implementing low-code, which abstracts and automates every step of the application lifecycle to enable rapid delivery of a variety of software solutions.

Various industries are already starting to implement low-code, including financial services, insurance, the public sector, and transport and logistics.

This rise in low-code adoption is due to IT teams’ need to work more closely with other departments in response to COVID and Brexit as well as to empower non-IT employees to develop and implement their own digital business applications.

Yet, most IT leaders believe that training is still needed and thus, some have already started to train employees for new digital roles, tasks, and processes. Although, 61% of leaders think they still need to hire new people with additional skills.

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