‘Tech Connects’ Podcast: Will No- and Low-Code Tools Hurt Jobs?

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The next episode of the Tech Connects podcast is here! Every month, we’ll have great guests who will share their expertise about the current state of the tech careers world, from the hottest tech skills to the state of the tech hiring market to what companies are doing to retain and attract top talent. 

Our guest is Manish Narayanaswami, who’s an associate director at Kissflow, which is a builder of no- and low-code platforms that enable business customers to build apps and workflows with a minimum of coding. He’s spent years refining how to use cutting-edge technologies to make things simpler for end users. 

I wanted to talk to Manish because I’ve been fascinated by no- and low-code tools for a long time. For businesses, no- and low-code presents the tantalizing possibility of allowing employees who don’t have a tech background to quickly spin up the apps and services they need. However, many technologists are also concerned about how no- and low-code workflows could potentially make it more confusing to manage an organization’s tech stack. Let’s listen as Manish and I hash out how these technologies could have a significant impact over the next several years:

As Manish explains, no- and low-code platforms could have a sizable impact on how companies build and manage apps and services. If this technology isn’t on your radar… well, it should be, because companies large and small are currently developing all kinds of tools that will make it easier for “citizen developers” to spin up the software they need for their jobs. 

Here’s one key takeaway from the episode: Some technologists say they’re fearful that no- and low-code tools could potentially take their jobs. That doesn’t seem like something that’ll come to pass, at least not for a very long time. If anything, no- and low-code tools could free up technologists’ bandwidth to focus on company strategy and more complex challenges.  

Ultimately, the concept of no- and low-code is very much here to stay: from simple games to apps for airport security guards, these tools will appear in more and more organizations and industries as time goes on. If you’re a technologist, it’ll pay to become familiar with how no- and low-code works, and, if necessary, how you can proactively integrate them into your current tech stack.