75% of development shops will embrace low-code platforms in 2021, thus firmly embedding low-code into the mainstream, according to Forrester's 2021 predictions for software development. The increase in low-code adoption is partly the result of the pandemic creating new demands and working conditions; those businesses embracing low-code, collaboration work management, and automation reacted "faster and more effectively than firms relying only on traditional development," Forrester states.
Specific factors that are driving the increase in low-code adoption according to Forrester include:
- Big service providers guiding enterprises towards low-code platforms
- Enterprises using the platform to deliver mission-critical apps
- More success stories about large citizen developer programs in enterprises surfacing.
Other notable insights from the Forrester report:
- Modernization efforts will be crucial for companies to stay competitive, according to Forrester. Companies that do not prioritize modernization "will be at a competitive disadvantage, both to the firms that have already modernized or to technical-debt-free startups."
- As we continue to work remotely into 2021, Forrester recommends development teams embrace collaborative work management (CWM) practices, virtual war rooms, and metrics that foster shared purpose to succeed.
- Teams with existing investment in cloud platforms, agile practices, and high-trust culture more easily adjusted to 100% remote work.