No-Code and Low-Code platforms are relatively new to the market but everyone in the industry is talking about them. Every business leader is trying to figure out how they can leverage these in their digital transformation journeys. So it’s no surprise that search engines are swamped with questions and answers on these topics. But more often than not, information overload can confuse you rather than providing the right answer. That is where the expert voice comes into the picture. In this blog, we bring you the list of top No-Code and Low-Code industry analysts and influencers that you can rely on.
So here is the list for you in alphabetical order:
As per Gartner, Adrian Leow is a Senior Director in the Application Innovation Team. Mr. Leow co-led the development of the research agenda for blockchain innovation, requiring deep insight into the market and its participants. His insights and coverage of blockchain technologies in the enterprise help clients separate reality from the hype about adoption and usage of this emerging technology.
Mr. Leow is also the co-lead of the Magic Quadrant for Multi experience Development Platforms (MXDP) with expertise in the domains of multi-experience, mobile app development, digital and product-centric strategies.
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Former consultant, Akash Jain is the Associate Principal Analyst for Gartner’s Applications and Software Engineering group. Previously, he worked in a set of divergent domains of technology, including API management, cloud, cybersecurity, and data warehousing. He was instrumental in helping his clients step up their digital transformation and further that journey.
Now, he consults clients on their Low Code Application development through analysing trends, selecting and evaluating platforms, Business Process Automation strategy formulation and platform selection, citizen development and API strategies, solutions and pricing.
He is also a TOGAF 9.2 Certified Enterprise Architect with experience in covering areas of software engineering strategies and technologies.
Senior Director and Software engineering Analyst, Arun Batchu has spent two years at Gartner with 28 years of industry experience building his expertise in the practice. He currently aids leaders of senior technology and CxOs in building their software designs and developments. He goes further into providing assistance in building their strategies as well.
AI-augmented development, open-source, and multi-experience are his areas of expertise while he is also instrumental in inspiring delivery teams of digital products through approaches of management that are leading-edge.
In the past, Arun Batchu has set up R&D centers that acted as the nests for business innovations to hatch.
When David Norfolk discovered that answers could be misled by computers despite the intelligence of the people who programmed it, there was no turning back. This discovery was made during his time working at the Australian National University’s Research School of Chemistry. This interest continued and ensued in him joining Bloor to tackle this head-on.
He delved into “development” wherein he analyzed the processes preceding automation and its implementation to develop automated outcomes of business through the implementation of process automation and utilizing ITIL as the framework for automated service delivery; all this backed by prerequisites of maturity of an organization, which he believes is a given.
Currently, David is running his own company, called “David Rhys Enterprises Ltd” at Chippenham, his hometown.
VP Analyst, Fabrizio Biscotti is in the customer acquisition team of Gartner as a product marketer. His Gartner experience is 21 years long with a backing of an industry experience of 20 years.
He works to build on various departments such as marketing, positioning, research, messaging, storytelling, and strategies of market entry; has been instrumental in his contributions to technology within them. He also covers trends on a macro level from both ends i.e. from the perspective of vendors as well as the end-users and works with market activities around Cloud and Paas.
Previously, he was at Gartner as the Vendor Lead Analyst and worked in the management of numerous agendas of research such as coverage of European software, dynamics of enterprise software market, all while covering TIBCO software. As a result of his efficiency and to recognize his achievement,, he earned Gartner’s Research Achievement Award in 2005 and 2007.
Issac Sacolick has more than 13 years of experience in the industry. He is the Founder of StarCIO, a firm helping every business win with digital, product development, data, and great technology. He previously served as CIO for BusinessWeek, Greenwich Associates, and Stafford & Associates.
Quote: “I think it’s probably the most important technology tool that CIOs need to look at. We do not have enough staff and our staff who are strong at AppDev need to focus on the customer-facing pieces that are going to move the needle.
Building tools for dealing with knowledge bases, doing workflows, integrating enterprise data sources into a single utility that can be used for a one-time purpose — these are great use cases for low-code environments to get developers to be more productive and even citizen development programs.” – Read Article: CIO playbook: Citizen development is your ‘most important’ tool.
According to his LinkedIn, Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, author, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Thinkers360’s Top 50 Global Thought Leaders and Influencers on Cloud Computing for 2020, among the top nine low-code analysts on the Influencer50 Low-Code50 Study for 2019, #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018, and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017.
As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud-native computing, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, among other topics.
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Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes have been viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,500 articles (over 270 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 450 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,300 times.
Mr. Bloomberg is the author or co-author of five books: Low-Code for Dummies (Wiley, 2019), The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).
Jason Wong is another top low-code no-code influencers from Gartner. Jason Wong is a Vice President, Analyst on the App Design and Development team. His research focuses on enterprise strategies for low-code tools, citizen development, mobile apps, progressive web apps, and multi-experience development.
In one of his recent blogs “The Future of Apps Must Include Citizen Development”, he quoted, “Business units increasingly control their application development efforts, of which citizen development will play a crucial role in the future of apps. Application leaders need to help define, guide, and optimize citizen development to maximize mutual benefits for business and IT.”
John Bratincevic is a Senior Analyst serving Application Development and Delivery Professionals at Forrester. His research is focused on no-code, citizen development, and Digital Process Automation. John joined Forrester in the year March 2020 and before which he was the Co-founder for Calabash a lean process consulting firm.
When it comes to low-code no-code influencers, you cannot not talk about John. According to Forrester, John used low-code development platforms to deliver transformational process improvement projects in over 20 industries and for some of the world’s largest companies. Before that, John was a program manager and solutions engineer for XPO Logistics, where he led projects for Fortune 500 clients applying best practices to the supply chain.
At one of his recent conferences, John was asked about how low code/no code differs from last-century 3GL/4GL development environments. John replied “It’s the same value proposition but much better executed. Low-code products tend to provide visual development, software development lifecycle capabilities, cloud deployment, etc. The time, place, and mindset are the even bigger differences. Most people are now accustomed to running their personal lives on their phones, so digital work is much more natural for them. A lot more people have software skills. Also, spreadsheets have taught millions of people the basics of data and logic, and many others are comfortable building web pages and sites.” – Citizen Developers Dominate Audience Q&A At A Recent Conference On Low Code
Kimihiko Iijima is Senior Director in Gartner Research. As per Gartner, Mr. Iijima’s research focus is currently on application architecture (e.g., service-oriented architecture, microservices, event-driven architecture) and application infrastructure technologies, such as application platform, aPaaS, and application integration suites, iPaaS, API management, and IoT integration.
His blogs and research are more about Low Code, No Code development platforms, Application Platforms, iPaaS, and IoT.
In his recent research on the Critical capabilities of Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, he summarized low code application platforms as “Low-code application platform’ usage is increasing across citizen, departmental, enterprise, and ISV application development. Application leaders should prioritize productivity over lock-in by exploiting low-code for the use cases mentioned in this research.”
Mark Driver is a Research Vice President in the Technology and Service Provider (TSP) division of Gartner, researching emerging technology and trends (ETT) for technology product leaders (tech CEOs, general managers, chief product officers, product managers, and product marketers).
As per Gartner, he focuses on technology impacting application security including static, dynamic, and interactive application security testing tools. He also covers several topics focused on data security including data loss prevention, database security, mobile application security, and web application firewalls. Mr. Driver is also a principal analyst covering both business and the technical topic of the open-source software model. He covers many aspects of open-source software, including adoption challenges, best practices, community models, vendor business strategies, and market impact.
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Mark holds a B.S degree in Computer Science from Florida State University and has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry.
As one of the key influencers of Low Code and No-Code platforms, in one of his blogs, he quoted that “By 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity.”
Paul Vincent is Research Director for the Application Infrastructure and Middleware team, covering application platform, architecture, and development topics. He has more than 35 years of experience in the industry and has been working with Gartner for more than 5 years. He’s one of the top low-code no-code Influencers.
As per Gartner, his research topics are mostly on cloud-native application platforms, high control and serverless cloud application platform as a service (aPaaS), high productivity and low code application platforms (hpaPaaS), and related low code application development tooling for business process management (BPMS) and decision management (BRMS and rules engines).
Read one of his use cases on Citizen Development here.
As per Forrester, Rob Koplowitz is the Vice President, Principal Analyst Serving Application Development & Delivery Professionals. Rob’s research focuses on digital process automation as well as artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. Before joining Forrester, Rob worked for some of the industry’s leading companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, etc.
In one of his reports related to Governance Strategy he mentioned, “The emergence of digital process automation, low code, and robotic process automation (RPA) will help meet the growing requirements. However, governing these new technologies remains a challenge.”
Saikat Ray has had 21 years of experience in the industry and 3 years of experience at Gartner where he works as a Senior Director and Analyst in the practice of Software Engineering. He essentially aids in the planning and execution of automation strategies, technologies of business process management, and low-code. His area of expertise lies in the governing of initiatives of business process automation on a large scale.
Previously, Ray worked in e-commerce applications as the Director of IT Governance and Cross-functional Delivery. He built a base in the management of this as well as IT strategy while leading programs to achieve digital transformation and large-scale application outsourcing.
Van Baker is a Research Vice President for Gartner’s Application Innovation team. He covers conversational platforms, virtual assistants, and chatbots. Also, he covers hosted AI development services, design thinking, and user-experience development and tooling. Mr. Baker also leads the mobile app development research community.
Van Baker has more than 38 years of industry experience and is working with Gartner for the last 30 years.
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Yefim Natis holds 41 years of industry experience and he is associated with more than 25 years with Gartner. As per Gartner, Yefim Natis is a Vice President, Distinguished Analyst, and Research Fellow in Gartner Research. Mr. Natis’s work focuses on key trends, best practices, and vendors in application architecture, application platforms, and cloud computing.
His main research themes include the Future of Applications and the Composable Enterprise, the key trends in cloud platforms, and event-driven computing. He leads Gartner’s PaaS, cloud infrastructure and platform services (CIPS), Future of Applications, and event-driven computing research communities.
In his recent research on “Top 10 Trends in PaaS and Platform Innovation, 2020”, Yefim Natis mentioned that “Business demands a greater degree of self-determination in technology-dependent innovation. Cloud computing, with SaaS, opened the doors to business self-service, and today the high business demand for low-code application platforms (LCAPs) (for development) and robotic process automation (for integration) are clear signs of the same trend.”
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