Are Software Development skills relevant?

Is Software Development relevant in the age of Low-Code/No-Code platforms, Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence?
As someone who regularly engages with businesses across various industries, I have witnessed the impact of artificial intelligence (AI), robotic process automation (RPA), and low-code/no-code platforms on their operations. Despite the increasing adoption and exploration of these technologies, my conversations with business leaders have consistently highlighted the ongoing need for skilled software developers…and here’s why;
1.     Complex and Customised Applications: Many businesses have shared their struggles in using AI, RPA, and low-code/no-code platforms for building highly customised or complex applications. They still rely on software developers to design and create tailored solutions that meet their unique requirements and address specific challenges.
2.     Integration and Interoperability: A common concern among businesses is integrating AI, RPA, and low-code/no-code solutions with their existing systems. Software developers play a vital role in ensuring seamless interoperability, providing a cohesive user experience across various applications.
3.     Performance and Scalability: Several businesses have expressed limitations in using AI, RPA, and low-code/no-code platforms for large-scale applications or high traffic loads. Skilled software developers can optimise applications for better performance and build scalable solutions which can accommodate future growth.
4.     Building and Refining AI and RPA Solutions: Developing AI and RPA solutions is a complex process, and businesses have emphasised the importance of software developers in shaping these technologies. From designing algorithms and training models to programming interfaces, software developers play a crucial role in building effective AI and RPA systems.
5.     Extending Low-Code/No-Code Platforms: I’ve learned that while low-code/no-code solutions offer a range of built-in features, they often fall short in addressing every possible use case. Software developers can create custom extensions, plugins, or modules that enhance the capabilities of these platforms and cater to specific needs.
6.     Security and Compliance: Businesses operating in regulated industries have stressed the need for secure and compliant applications. Software developers possess the knowledge and experience to build applications that adhere to strict security standards and comply with industry regulations.
7.     Continuous Improvement: As AI, RPA, and low-code/no-code technologies mature, businesses recognise the constant need for improvement and refinement. Software developers help identify areas for enhancement, optimise performance, and ensure that these solutions remain relevant and effective.

But it’s all about balance…there are benefits of AI, RPA, and Low-Code/No-Code Platforms for the right business / business division / team;

1.     Rapid Development and Deployment: Low-code/no-code platforms and RPA tools enable businesses to develop and deploy applications and process improvements quickly, allowing for faster time-to-market and more agile responses to changing business needs.
2.     Lower Barrier to Entry: These platforms often have user-friendly interfaces, which empower non-technical team members to participate in the development process, democratising the creation of digital solutions.
3.     Cost Savings: By automating repetitive tasks with RPA and using low-code/no-code platforms for simple applications, businesses can significantly reduce development costs and time investment.
4.     Enhancing Collaboration: The use of AI, RPA, and low-code/no-code platforms can encourage cross-functional collaboration by providing a shared language and platform for both technical and non-technical team members.
5.     Bridging the Skills Gap: As the demand for software developers continues to outpace supply, AI, RPA, and low-code/no-code platforms can help address the skills gap by enabling non-developers to create applications and automate processes.
6.     Driving Innovation: AI and RPA technologies, when combined with traditional software development, can drive innovation by enabling businesses to explore new possibilities, identify patterns and insights, and make data-driven decisions.
7.     Future-proofing Businesses: The use of AI, RPA, and low-code/no-code platforms can make businesses more adaptable to future technology changes, enhancing their resilience in a fast-paced digital landscape.

My interaction with businesses has convinced me that Software Development remains a valuable skill, even in the age of AI, RPA, and low-code/no-code solutions.

If you’re considering a career in software development, I still believe your skills and expertise are sought after now…and will continue to be highly valued.

If you have any thoughts, questions or suggestions, please feel free to get in touch; we’re in the final consultation phase of our course development in RPA, AI and low-code / no-code solutions, and continue to iterate our Software Development courses…but I’m always eager to connect with anyone interested in exploring how we can pioneer and fulfil the short term / immediate skills needs of business.

David Muir


Code Nation


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