Take a sneak peek at our predictions for the top tech challenges of 2021—and how no-code can help enterprises handle them in the years to come.
2020 has been difficult. The still-ongoing COVID-19 crisis has demanded organizations rapidly adjust their digital infrastructures around fast-moving events. Navigating a global pandemic may be the most immediate digital challenge businesses face, but it’s far from the only one.
While issues such as COVID came seemingly out of nowhere, others have been around for years. The organizations that are able to overcome these challenges—old and new—will be able to secure a significant competitive advantage for years to come. As experts in helping companies transform how they transform, we have a few thoughts on some of the biggest (non-COVID) tech challenges companies will face in 2021, and how no-code in general—and Unqork in particular—can help you meet them head-on.
The IT Skills Shortage
The sharp increase in demand for digital technologies across sectors has exacerbated the IT skills gap. Even though top cybersecurity training programs produced 40% more qualified graduates between 2013 and 2017, the number of job postings calling for cybersecurity experience has surged a staggering 94%.
In 2019, just before the pandemic, the World Economic Forum found that only 27% of small companies and 29% of large companies believed they had the digital talent they required—numbers which have no doubt worsened in the face of coronavirus. If the huge discrepancy between the demand for tech talent and the supply of experienced people continues to expand, businesses will be unable to achieve the modern IT architectures they need to keep up in today’s environment.
Since these platforms take on much of the “heavy lifting” of development, less-experienced engineers are able to produce higher quality work than their similarly experienced peers working in code.
No-code changes all this. While many of today’s in-demand programming languages can take a year to learn and several more to master, most people can get up-and-running using no-code’s configuration-based visual UI in a matter of months. Furthermore, since these platforms take on much of the “heavy lifting” of development, less-experienced engineers are able to produce higher quality work than their similarly experienced peers working in code.
With no-code, organizations can assign top engineers to work only on high-value projects while allowing newer engineers to independently handle more routine development tasks that previously required an experienced team member. As a result, organizations can begin to close the I skills gap.
As digital experiences become increasingly synonymous with the “new normal,” opportunistic cybercriminals have taken advantage of the COVID-19 crisis and began to exploit vulnerabilities in these systems. In fact, the FBI’s Cyber Division recently reported that they receive as many as 4,000 cyberattack complaints a day—that’s a 400% increase from what they were seeing pre-pandemic.
As you rush to create and deliver online experiences, it’s critically important not to forgo the necessary security measures for the sake of expediency. However, given the IT skills shortage, it might be harder than ever to find the right cybersecurity experts to help make this possible. And despite a need for increased security, research from McKinsey indicates that over 70% of CSOs believe their IT budgets will shrink through the end of 2020.
No-code can help c-suite executives maximize their budget in the new year by combining the agility they want with the enterprise-grade security they need. When you build with Unqork, security is built into the platform, so you can trust that your customers are always protected by our investments in policies, access controls, and secure data handling. Our platform is SOC Type II certified, maintains a Level 5 Veracode rating, and boasts a 100% penetration pass rate. We also work with AICPA-certified third-party auditors to ensure we stay compliant with industry regulations.
In this brief demo, we show how easy it is to set-up integrations using Unqork.
Integrations and Upgrades
As businesses work to stay competitive in a changing modern market, they’ll likely realize they’re working with several pre-existing (and aging!) legacy systems that no longer meet their needs. Overhauling legacy systems is often prohibitively expensive, but continuing to utilize these systems will only continue to incur future legacy maintenance costs. The best option is for organizations to find a way to integrate their legacy technology with new tools. Integration, however, is often easier said than done. Some new technologies only integrate well with services within their product family, for instance, and poor integration can negatively affect your end product.
Unqork no-code was specifically designed to make integration a breeze. You can easily integrate with modern APIs and hook into any legacy file format to extract data and build transformative experiences. If you need to integrate with paper-based systems, Unqork can even automatically turn them into a machine-readable format with our turnkey system for processing paper.
Looking Forward to 2021
There were numerous tech challenges in 2020, and we predict that most of them will carry over into 2021. Fortunately, no-code can help you look at these challenges as opportunities instead of obstacles. If you use no-code to navigate the IT skills shortage, integrate seamlessly, and keep cybersecurity top of mind, you’ll have three more reasons for customers to turn to you in the aftermath of a difficult year.
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