Should we make computer language a skill for everyone? – EconomyMorning

For years, the trend has been to want to make computer language a skill mastered by all. It is even part of the learning taught by the National Education since 2016, and this, from primary school. But is this the right strategy? Today, only 0.3% of the world’s population can code.

The massive learning of the code seems to be closer to the illusion than to a realistic doctrine.

First, because not every human being is made to learn to code. It is indeed possible for many to learn to create software, from a conceptual point of view, but the technical barrier linked to the code is, in turn, sometimes insurmountable. Secondly, because academic time cannot meet the requirements of companies which need an ever greater number of developers, and this quickly. It is estimated that by 2024 500 million apps will be created. How to support this astronomical amount with so few developers available?

This is where Nocode makes its entry to provide a technological response and support the acceleration of global digitization. It is indeed important to give as many people as possible access to tools facilitating the creation of applications in order to establish more equality and diversity in the labor market today.

Nocode: a concrete approach to meet current needs

With the emergence of the Cloud and APIs, Nocode, an IT approach already well-known to professionals in the sector and in particular to publishers, has reached maturity. Today it is an ideal tool for meeting development needs. Nocode designates intuitive and visual development environments, within which users can simply drag and drop the various components via a graphical interface, in order to quickly and easily create applications that meet their needs ( management, marketplace, customer portals, etc.).

According to Gartner, by 2024, 65% of applications developed worldwide will be developed using Nocode tools. And for good reason, this approach, in addition to responding to concrete needs, creates a new dynamic within the professional world.

Nocode does not necessarily need engineers, it can be practiced by various profiles. This accessibility promotes greater equality of opportunity; it is an opportunity to be seized for job seekers, in particular looking for retraining. Thanks to this code-free technique, entrepreneurs, freelancers and employees can quickly launch the applications necessary for their projects or those of their companies, whatever their specialty or course.

The only watchword here is the notion of abstraction. What needs to be learned is not of a programmatic nature, but of a conceptual nature. Knowing the inner workings of the tool is of little use, but knowing the use, the ins and outs of the application you want to create is essential. Because mastering code is not enough to create a good application, in the same way that mastering Excel would not be enough to design a good business plan. Business skills, combined with the conceptual vision, will allow the project to be carried out successfully. And this knowledge is within everyone’s reach!

Allow the profession to take revenge on the technique

By facilitating access to the digital world, to innovation and creation, the Nocode can be considered as a factor of inclusion. It breaks down technological barriers and unleashes everyone’s creativity. Projects, on the other hand, can be launched faster, with a much lower initial investment than with traditional methods.. Companies are gaining flexibility and responsiveness, two qualities that are essential today to remain competitive in constantly changing markets. This explains the massive adoption of Nocode by the Startup ecosystem for several years now.

Nocode joins the concepts of Design Thinking and MVPs (minimum viable product) which allow more agility in projects. Professionals can quickly test their ideas in sufficiently successful solutions, then improve them with practice and initial feedback. The “traditional” development model is the opposite of this approach, since it requires a significant investment of time, energy and budget to perfect the application, even before having been able to observe its concrete use and its reception on the market.

Lack of agility is one of the biggest frustrations faced by business teams, who sometimes see their ideas stagnate while their competitors – especially when it comes to ‘pure players’ 100% digitalized – launch new services on the market. With Nocode, this dynamic is shaken up, the profession can “take its revenge” on the technique. Often, business departments imagine new applications that would meet the pressing needs of their audiences or, quite simply, streamline their internal organization for greater efficiency. But these same ideas then find themselves confronted with the bottleneck of overloading IT teams. Technical reality stifles the creativity of teams that cannot be agile in such circumstances.

Design Thinking and Nocode have already been adopted by many “Pure players “. They are part of their strengths to compete and gain momentum from traditional players who are nevertheless very established in their market. Whether it is neo-banks or platforms like Doctolib, it is clear that their arrival strongly shakes up the codes. The health crisis, if it may have slowed down certain business projects, has above all demonstrated the urgent need for businesses to digitize in order to refocus on the added value of businesses. Allowing the democratization of Nocode today means offering companies the opportunity to be more innovative, and above all, allowing SMEs and major French accounts to fight on equal terms with new digital players.

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