Little Appetite for Low-Code and
October 29, 2018
the hype and predictions of dominance for low-code development
environments, the latest Evans Data Global Development Survey shows
little appetite for low code or no code development environments among
software developers. One in five developers never use them and almost
three-quarters (73%) use them less than half the time according to the
recently released worldwide survey of software developers conducted
August to September 2018. The survey, conducted in 6 languages across 5
continents also showed that only 7% use low or no code environments more
than 75% of the time and only 2% use one exclusively.
For those developers who do use these type of environments to create
their code, the largest plurality (12.4%) say they do it for the cost
savings, while 11.1% believes it improves their productivity, and 10.5%
think it eases deployment. However, the results were fragmented and
failed to point to any single driver for the adoption of low-code
development platforms. Lack of a dominant driver in a new market is
often observed in technology adoption and typically persists until the
technology matures and the market stabilizes.
“Low-code is another name for the types of declarative visual tools that
originated twenty-five years ago,” said Janel Garvin, CEO of Evans Data,
“and while it’s not actually a new concept it has now reappeared again
in a new re-incarnation, so to speak. This time the dream of citizen
developers arising to replace traditional developers has also returned.
If the past is indicative of the future then it’s unlikely to succeed in
creating a significant number of untrained amateur developers, and in
the meantime the actual developers are not embracing the concept or the
Conducted every 6 months, the Global Development Survey is 220 pages of
in-depth survey data and explores a wide range of developers’
perceptions and adoption patterns.