David Chou
4 min readMay 7, 2021

Healthcare CIOs -> Don’t sleep on ‘low code’

Healthcare has often been the victim of hyped-up technology, so it’s no surprise that CIOs are wary of new trends. Welcome to the buzz surrounding low-code software.

Low code offers the potential to facilitate the development of solutions by using a graphical user interface instead of the traditional approach of relying on hand-coded programming, thus requiring little to no coding to build applications and processes.

This more visual approach to software development is on the rise, particularly after a Gartner prediction that low-code application development would represent about 65% of application development activity. In February, Gartner forecast worldwide low-code development to grow 23% this year.

Recent initial public offerings for companies further demonstrate the growing hype. For example, UiPath’s IPO raised $1.3 billion while providing a total market capitalization of nearly $30 billion. The company serves as a global software company for robotic process automation (RPA).

RPA is driving the shift

The success of RPA solutions relies on low-code or no-code applications, and RPA is rising on CIOs’ radar because of the promise they offer as tools that can enable complete hyper-automation and support digital transformation. This growing trend suggests CIOs must adopt a new philosophy for executing a low-code culture in IT.

Four themes are essential to executing this shift.

Keep it simple, stupid. Undergirding the shift to low-code development means that programming and automation should not be complex and not require intensive support from IT to make the change. While that may seem obvious from the underlying problem that low code is attempting to solve, it’s important not to complicate the new approach.

The usability of the products must be simple enough at the start. Organizations have a better chance of understanding the simplicity of a low-code platform when they start using it, so IT executives should not overthink it and buy a platform solution that has too many bells and whistles.

All about speed. By uncomplicating the development process and enabling more people to engage in it, the time to develop should be faster with low code. There should also be a reduction…