The Latest ThoughtWorks Technology Radar Charts the Democratization of Programming

“This trend has the potential to unleash a wave of productivity in the enterprise, as some of the emerging low-code and no-code tools have the potential to ease the development burden on the IT department. However, these tools also come with risks,” says Dr. Rebecca Parsons, chief technology officer at ThoughtWorks.

“These tools can be incredibly useful when it comes to very specific problems in limited domains but typically make it impossible to apply good engineering practices — such as versioning or testing — which makes them difficult to use in rapidly changing enterprise environments,” she says. “The challenge companies face is in identifying when projects are becoming too large or complex to be a good fit for low code,” says Dr. Parsons.

Typically, organizations turn to low code because they lack the developer expertise needed to

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