September 30, 2021
If you’ve been in enterprise IT over the last several years, you’ve probably heard a lot of buzz surrounding the concept of “low-code” and “no-code” development. These innovations don’t mean that coding languages are never used or needed; it means that the codebase is abstracted into templated models that a non-technical person can use to build an application or a process. While low-code and no-code technologies have proliferated in the business application space, they are just starting to scratch the surface of what they can achieve in the IT operations space, particularly for network operations.
Why Is Now the Moment for No-Code in Network Operations?
Regardless of specific use case, all no-code technologies solve the same problem. No-code untethers the building of solutions from a small, overworked group of professional developers, empowering non-technical business users to build enterprise-grade applications and processes. No-code tech achieves this through visual interfaces that don’t require knowledge of coding languages or scripting – and it’s becoming mainstream at a critical moment. In 2020 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that IT job openings will grow at a rate of 13% from 2020 to 2030, adding a little under 700,000 new jobs. At the same time, “the great resignation” taking place across sectors has exacerbated a shortage of trained IT workers. This is translating into a skills deficit at a time when demands on enterprise IT are higher than ever, and enterprise networking is no exception.
Low-code and no-code technologies have led to the rise of the “citizen developer”, someone who can take their understanding of a business objective and use a no-code template to build an application or process to meet it. Gartner research indicates that 41% of non-IT employees do some form of traditional IT work and are generating a lot of momentum for the no-code movement. By 2025, Gartner estimates that half of all new low-code/no-code clients will come from line-of-business buyers outside of the IT org.
However, no-code and citizen development has not been as common in network operations teams. The ability to automate common troubleshooting tickets and management tasks is largely dependent on a relatively small number of Python and Ansible-fluent developers. This leads to problems when developers retire, move on to other companies, or are simply asked to do more than humanly possible. When one or all the above happens, organizations find themselves unable to meet the mission-critical network needs of the business, and consequently outcomes suffer.
The demands on the network are not decreasing anytime soon. According to Cisco’s Visual Networking Index: Forecast and Trends, 2017–2022 White Paper, Business IP traffic will grow at a CAGR of 23% between 2017-2022. This speaks to the growth and increased mission-criticality of enterprise networks. To provide the type of network experience enterprise users require to ensure business outcomes, network troubleshooting and problem resolution must be automated. And to scale automation in the face of skill shortages, network operations teams must embrace no-code development.
Scale No-Code Network Automation with NetBrain
Fortunately, there is a way forward with no-code automation for network operations. NetBrain 10.0 provides the industry’s leading no-code platform for the automation of network operations. Regardless of the combination of network equipment and vendors or the volume of network tickets, NetBrain’s combination of tools democratizes network automation, allowing your entire IT team to collaborate for the fastest resolution of all types of network tickets and tasks.
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