The disruptive tide of Collaboration and Low Code technologies
Blog: NASSCOM Official Blog
In recent months we have had to manage new challenges – medical, social, and emotional. More so at a time when economic pressure had just started becoming a concern for nations and organizations equally. Like many historical inflexion points, COVID-19 will also bequeath us with new behaviors and (virtual) technologies intersecting businesses, teams, learning and people care; ranging from whimsical to jaw-dropping and groundbreaking. To start, firms transitioned to work-from-home virtual teams swiftly and efficiently. But since, it has been an evolving journey – initiating virtual methods for engagement, motivation, balancing work and home, and solving for business.
Covid-19 brought in radical changes, and Conway’s law has guided us to form networked team structures with codebase being focal. Remember the self-organizing world of ants and bees. We will now see Agile team structures influenced by Pierre-Paul Grassé’s (entomologist) idea of “stigmergy”. Collaborative Integrated Development Environment’s (IDE) will play a vital role in the removal of friction from distributed, real-time programming. These IDE’s are pushing the boundary to move beyond shared workspaces and allow developers to leave “markers” in code to guide and invite others for collaborative development. Ants use “pheromones” as markers to make stigmergy more efficient.
The industry will continue to move towards full stack/SDET skillsets. Still, cost and productivity drivers will accelerate the adoption of Low Code Application Platforms (LCAPs) and blur boundaries between LCAPs and RPA. Similarly, we also see democratization and low code development in Artificial Intelligence models/apps through automated machine learning frameworks.
Programming is as much science as art, and for the sake of creativity, programmers will thrive. We will see the benefits of team’s structures evolve based on skills and business processes. And these would be primarily driven by the points discussed above: Collaborative IDE’s influenced by stigmergy, Full stack/SDET competencies, and LCAPs.
I personally still enjoy the drag-and-drop programming (LCAP) world of Lego Mindstorms NXT-G. It kept my 7th graders focused on essentials of building logic for their Robots as they learned new STEM concepts. It remains a strong contender (including Rasberry Pi) for an intense fun-filled weekend!
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About Gurbans Chatwal
Gurbans holds twenty-seven years of executive and technology consulting experience across financial and legal services domain. He heads delivery solutions to businesses and clients across Analytics, Data, Business Analysis, Technology, Testing and UX.
He has worked with Capgemini, NIIT, Mindcrest and OmnesLaw in a variety of roles in engagement, delivery and quality management. Gurbans has architectured IT and AI strategies, automation with RPA leading Contract Lifecycle Management product development.
He earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from IIT Delhi and completed M.Sc. in Computer Science from J K Institute of Applied Physics and Technology