Democratising software development
With Australia’s international borders reopening, some may think that a flood of technological talent is heading for our shores, but this is not the case. Technology shortages are systemic, but it will take years in Australia to overcome skills shortages and balance new emerging technologies with less technical expertise. A survey released by Ai Group in February found that one-third of business leaders expect skills shortages will limit the growth of their business over the next year.
So how do we ensure that Australia’s technological talent does the most valuable work? By allowing the rest of our non-technical workforce, or non-technical workforce, to achieve goals and objectives through the use of code-free and low-code technologies. In this way, companies can focus on high-value jobs, give employees the independence to create and improve applications, and increase overall business results.
Lack of bandwidth
Developers are flooded and unable to keep up with domestic demand to create custom applications. According to an ActiveState developer survey, 61.5% of developers spend four hours or less a day writing code, with most only two to four hours a day doing so. This means that organizations are paying a lot to maintain technical talent, but they are not using it effectively. If developers are being pushed in different directions to manage dashboards or reporting requests, they are not providing the best value or the best results to the business.
The good news is that there are ways in which organizations can help bridge this gap. By running enterprise-wide training camps, organizations can turn an operational workforce into a team that performs technical tasks, ensuring that developers are not inundated with random requests. This reduces the need for the overall workforce to wait for the technical team to move forward. Adopting code-free and low-code technology alleviates some of this demand from developers and IT departments, while giving employees the autonomy to create tools that best suit their needs.
A Deloitte estimate predicts that there will be 300,000 more tech workers in the Australian workforce by 2026, but there is currently a limit of 160,000 permanent skilled visas in Australia each year. This gap is putting a strain on the current technical staff and needs to be addressed. For CIOs, on the one hand, it is important to make sure that current technology workers feel satisfied in their work to retain technical talent, but on the other hand, it is important to create experiences and technologies to build the future of the company.
Non-technical labor, or low-skilled labor, can help reduce the skills gap over the next few years. However, one of the biggest challenges for non-technical business users is the lack of knowledge and experience needed to create the code-intensive applications they need in their daily workflows. According to a WalkMe study, 74.1% of employees said that poor software training is the biggest barrier to usability. Only 14.5% said they were very satisfied with the usability of their workplace software. By helping to increase the autonomy of non-development teams with code-free and low-code technologies and training, larger companies will be able to meet their own need for business applications without relying on or waiting for IT to be achieved.
Need for speed
Even with effective DevOps in place, the speed of development itself is often slow due to its complexity. As a result, maximizing developer productivity in the midst of growing demand for enterprise applications is a major challenge. Research firm ADAPT conducted a study based on interviews with more than 650 Australian executives about their attitudes towards technology investment and how technology is being deployed. The report “Embracing the Future: Top 12 Strategic Priorities for 2022” found that due to the pandemic, developer teams are advancing into the world of AI, robotics, AR / VR, cloud, blockchain and the IoT to stay at the forefront of the group. AI can help deliver efficient, fast, and ready-to-block experiences.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned through the endless pivot of the past two years, it’s that organizations need to be agile in the face of change. By adopting code-free and low-code technologies, you have the opportunity to retain your technical talent and major developers, improve your non-technical talent, and further drive global business growth.