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Low code tech vital to address tech talent shortage, says Pegasystems

The ongoing shortage of tech talent is something organisations must address as a priority, says Don Schuerman, Chief Technology Officer at Pegasystems.

The CIPD’s Labour Market Outlook Spring 2021 report highlighted that the percentage of employers planning to recruit in the next three months is highest in defence (79%), healthcare (73%) and IT (67%). A separate report from the Learning and Work Institute found 88% of young people recognise digital skills are crucial for their career, but just 18% are very confident they have the advanced digital skills employers need.

“The ongoing challenge of the tech skills gap is something employers must tackle head on”, comments Schuerman.

“The problem is, many organisations are relying on outdated legacy IT systems. This decades-old technology often requires specialist knowledge of specific programming languages to maintain. This means IT teams are focused on finding candidates with advanced coding skills.

“In this day and age, hiring experienced coders is unnecessary and short-sighted. The need for businesses to digitally transform and invest in new technologies such as AI and automation will only continue.

“There is technology on the market that enables teams to achieve their business goals without having to hard code processes, called low code software. Moving to low code means organisations don’t miss out on exceptional candidates just because they don’t know outdated programming languages. Low code software makes it quick and easy for anyone with basic digital skills, known as citizen developers, to run, update and create new business processes. And because enterprise-grade low code platforms can easily connect and wrap around existing legacy systems, organisations can continue to pull value from legacy technology while building their digital platforms for the future.

“Deploying low code also means businesses can improve the way they run everyday operations, as it drives process efficiency, saves employee time, and boosts customer satisfaction. Using low code means organisations can be much more agile and adapt to change quickly, which the COVID-19 pandemic showed, is imperative.

“Using a low code platform is the ideal solution to underpin all of a businesses’ processes because it is not just IT professionals that are in the driving seat of digital transformation but business leaders too. With low code, IT and businesspeople have a common understanding of how to achieve objectives, so than can closely collaborate throughout projects.

“Low code software is the missing piece of the tech talent puzzle. By investing in low code technology platforms, organisations can fill their openings faster so they can focus on what matters most.”

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