My niece is nine years old and she’s already learning how to code. She got a computer kit for Christmas and as I watch her drag and drop Javascript elements into the screen to code a colorful image, I wonder if this same methodology can be applied in business. 

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The answer is yes. As automation remains a focus, more and more technologies are emerging that change the way we work. The latest comes in the form of low-code development platforms that help IT departments juggle innovation and operations. Pegasystems Inc., as an example, has been at it for eight months now, according to an article from The Wall Street Journal. The goal? Less time spent developing applications, lower development costs, and more automation so developers can focus on tougher problems.

Low code enables application developers to save blocks of standard code configurations as reusable chunks. Platforms like Pegasystems obscure complex code elements into building blocks that “citizen coders” can then drag and drop to develop applications. The development process is not only more automated with these tools, but it’s also more focused on the customer experience—increasing the project’s overall value to the business.

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Optimizing for efficiency as well as cost is a core tenet of Technology Business Management, so we’re excited to see members of our community embracing this new low-code trend. Cutting down the time it takes to develop a customer-facing application saves time and money and enables reallocation of high-skilled programming work to more strategic, business-critical processes. As IT leaders continue to think about how teams can automate the mundane to free up resources, I suspect these technologies will continue to gain traction, increasing the overall business value IT is able to deliver to the business.