The case for low-code/no-code development (citizen development) is a disruptive solution to address the gap in technical expertise, especially that of professional developers, that exists in the world today. It offers a great way to foster a culture of innovation. Combined with new low-code/no-code enterprise technology, it gives power to those who don't write code but who have a good understanding of business needs and challenges. It is these people who can now build automations and extensions that help in better addressing the requirements of their everyday work, while at the same time reducing the risks of human errors and offering better customer experiences.
Simply put, no-code development is primarily intended for those who aren't comfortable with coding their own software – even those who have no knowledge of programming and application development. Using low-code development is more complex than no-code, but it is not quite as complicated as having to write actual code in a programming language.
No-code development is primarily intended to help employees that are process experts to automate tasks, build applications, or otherwise optimize their own business activities.
Professional developers use no-code tools to accelerate their basic development work so that they can focus on more complicated concepts.
Low-code development is designed to allow employees with software knowledge, such as process development experts and professional developers, to build and integrate end-user processes and applications, and to create WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) building blocks for no-code development.
Unified Development Experience Supporting the Developer Continuum
A citizen developer can start their projects and build apps and extensions through the SAP Business Application Studio or SAP Build. SAP Build is for composing mobile applications, creating automations or designing business sites without any line of code in an visual editor. SAP Business Application Studio offers a range of UI-based tools for developers to enhance their software development experience with low-code or no-code capabilities.
Learn more about low-code no-code development and the role of a citizen developer in our learning journey: https://learning.sap.com/learning-journey/utilize-sap-build-for-low-code-no-code-applications-and-automations-for-citizen-developers.