- 12:45
Cinema 2

The low-code paradox

Whether or not it is appropriate, trending in software industry is the term or notion of “Low code” Platforms. And more specific, in board rooms at clients office it is hot! With just a few clicks, one can build software, apps and IT infrastructures faster, more efficient, cheaper, and as an additional advantage: without those awkward developers. Is that really true? Sales and marketing of these low code providers would like to make you believe that, and give you the illusion you can just pick a “citizen developer” from any street corner and they will fix your application.

Despite marketing, it seems harder than it looks. Without a thorough IT background working with low-code is a tricky road, and will sometimes create more problems, not solve them. Alternatively shouldn’t you just let a trusted, educated, experienced software developer be the user of such a platform? They know how IT works! But experience shows they tend to look down on “low code”. After all, what is more fun and satisfying than programming in java or python yourself? It will give you way more flexibility and you can do anything low code won’t even let you do. In short, most developers do not like to be in some modelling dashboard and will try to work around it.

In this session we will give you a brief history lesson on low code, will show you a very powerfull promise, yet on a dangerous road towards it. We will be doing some experiments with the audience in order to find out for whom low code platforms and modelling dashboards are really made for.

This session combines a philosophical contemplation with hands-on science, as Emily is on a research project at Luminis Technologies, about “Differences in mental models of expert and citizen developers in DaaS services”.

About the speakers


Freek van Teeseling

Solution Architect at Luminis /Technologies

I have a background in A.I. (Nijmegen) and have always been active in innovative and challenging environments. I call myself Solution Architect, Product Evangelist, Coach and Team Manager. Always working in business and domain modelling, knowledge systems, low-code platforms, Dynamic Case Management and generic software platforms. Started my career as a hardcore programmer, but soon discovered that modelling and architecture, teaching and conceptualizing is way more my area. Combine that with an interest in delivering software, ICT based solutions and making customers happy, you end up in modelling environments and PAAS. Worked for Universities, LCN, Planon, Dutch Police, Be Informed, and Blueriq. Right now I am active for InformationGrid, the new Data-as-a-Service Platform from Luminis.


Emily Bakker

Student at University of Twente

I am a student in Human Factors & Engineering Psychology at the University of Twente. During my bachelors in psychology, I became more and more drawn to the development of software and technology. My interests lie in the diverse aspects of human technology interaction. For example how to align systems to the brain capacities of the end use, how to foster information processing through interface design and how do we learn about the machine. I did research into the development of mental models and misconceptions of programming with children, and have experience in teaching programming to psychology students at university  of applied sciences. Right now, I am doing research in the development of systematic method for aligning end-user development tools (including low-code) to the mental models of their users. Besides that, I work on projects with InformationGrid.

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