Our Low Code practice leads have read and digested the new Gartner LCAP (Low Code Application Platform) Magic Quadrant report. Coming from separate vendors; Chris, Ex-Microsoft Technical Architect; and Jason, Ex-Mendix Customer Success Manager, give their take on the report.
Our top takeaways:
- A surprising increase in the number of new players in the Low Code Space.
- Big players like Mendix, Microsoft and Outsystems, getting closer together in functionality.
- The enterprise LCAP market, a part of the overall low-code development technologies space, expecting to reach $29 billion in revenue by 2025.
- The rapid increase in adoption and usage of enterprise LCAP is driven by democratization, hyper automation and composable business applications
We often talk about the capabilities of both platforms, Mendix and Microsoft, and compare things like licensing, customer base, technical capabilities, audience, and much more. We also often refer to the Gartner content as a mechanism to back up our discussions and support our statistics and recommendations. You can read reviews of the platforms on the Gartner site. In addition, you will find some GREAT content here, which may help guide your thought pattern around the existing LCAP vendors.
The thing that took me by surprise was the vendors who are in the Visionaries quadrant—especially seeing Zoho in there. Five new vendors have been added to the list this year, and no vendors have been dropped. We know there is much more opportunity in the global Low Code Ecosystem. Organisations are leveraging more Low Code tools than in the past because of the shortage of technical resources and the desire to solve business problems at pace. Gartner mention this in their LCAP Report;
“As a result, LCAPs for a variety of developer audiences are becoming mainstream. Even conservative IT organisations that have previously resisted modernisation and automation are exploiting LCAPs to move to the cloud, enable mobile user experiences, address skills and resource shortages, and achieve faster time to deployment. Progressive IT organisations are exploiting low-code for commodity application services such as basic data-oriented applications, as well as composability to layer low-code on expansive API products such as SaaS (Software as a Service) and hand-coded custom proprietary services.“
Organisations are solving more and more problems using LCAP tools. These tool sets empower Makers of all types to create solutions to their problems using technology. Whether a maker is a person who doesn’t write code but can use tools such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint or is fluent in writing code, there is something in these platforms for everyone.
We are in a world where we need to do things faster! Organisations need to learn to pivot and adapt for many reasons. Covid, recessions, health, money, family, mental health, sustainability, equality, equity, stress, opportunity, and growth! Many words have entered my mind in the last few seconds. We are in a world where we need to enable people and not just add technology for the sake of technology. Things we make and do need to be helpful and provide actual value.
The Gartner research shared has helped us at ANS Group refine our strategy around Low Code, and it has affirmed that we are heading in the direction that will best serve organisations who are looking to understand and adopt low code platforms.
Jason Wong, an expert at Gartner on “low-code, mobile, super apps, citizen development, fusion teams, total experience,” has shared several inciteful posts, articles, and reports about LCAP adoption and trends. Jason shared a post a little while back, linking to a press release highlighting that the LCAP market will grow by 20% in 2023, which evidences that organisations are relying on these Low Code Application Platforms to support their refinement of processes, optimisation, transformation, and re-digitisation.
Ultimately, this is not about solving a straightforward problem by making an app or automation! Instead, we need to be able to architect, build and support ecosystems for organisations to enable people to solve hundreds and thousands of problems in a secure environment using Low Code Application Platforms.
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