How to Survive the ‘Great Resignation’ IT Crisis

IT leaders are in a bind. The Great Resignation is making it difficult to bring processes and products to market. Many are turning to low-code no-code applications to accelerate their objectives while trying to survive the disruptions. 

IT crisis 'great resignation' survival guide

Increased workloads, growing demands from digital transformation, and a lack of training opportunities are the struggles keeping software developers up at night. 

They’re also the fuel behind the growing numbers of developers joining The Great Resignation. Businesses everywhere are feeling it. Today, 86% have found it difficult to recruit for these positions since the start of the pandemic and even more so to retain them. 

But, even before the pandemic started, IT leaders were attempting to navigate a developer shortage. This, coupled with the demand for enhanced customer experiences and a mass shift to hybrid work, has left IT teams stretched severely thin. 

Without a full staff, IT leaders have had to embrace creative work models to survive the disruption. In this post, we’re sharing the application tool helping leaders conquer these operation challenges. 

Top Challenges Causing IT Disruptions

Before we dive into how to navigate these difficult times, it’s important to understand what’s behind the major disruptions. As an IT leader, these three challenges will likely hit home for you:

1. Developer shortage and skills gap

While every field is facing a talent shortage, software development is perhaps the most severe. It's predicted that by 2030, there will be a 22% vacancy rate among software jobs. 

Not to mention, tech advancements have drastically increased the need for specialized software developers at organizations around the globe. The level of specialization required to support programming languages, automation, AI, big data and more, coupled with this shortage, has severely narrowed the talent pool. And to no surprise, talent shortages are now IT leaders' number one challenge today.

2. Increased hiring costs

Due to inflationary pressures, there’s no denying the cost of salaries and benefits have gone up - especially for organizations seeking to hire top talent. A recent report shows that IT salaries have increased as much as 5% since the pandemic began. 

Stemming from continued stack advancements and growing customer expectations, 35% of companies are planning to hire 50+ software developers this year. This makes inflated salaries a serious expense for IT departments in particular. 

3. Competitive employee retention benefits

Current employees aren’t ignorant of rising salaries. Better pay is the main factor they consider when changing jobs. Employees also have higher expectations in terms of remote work and flexibility. This puts pressure on organizations to offer more to keep their current employees happy.

Companies are hoping to meet these needs in the form of bonuses, raises, promotions, work-from-home/hybrid work models and more. And those who aren’t keeping up will suffer by losing their talent – an option time-strapped IT leaders can’t afford right now.

These three challenges have truly created the perfect storm for IT leaders in the worst possible way. Leaders are being forced to focus on the day-to-day rather than the innovative efforts that will pioneer the organization forward. 

But resiliency prevails. We’re sharing that secret below. 

Low-Code No-Code Platforms Offering Quick Relief

With developers in short supply, your current team may be forced to spend their time on basic coding tasks. This can lead to burnout and a complete lack of job fulfillment - inevitably resulting in turnover for your company. 

A technology solution called low-code no-code (LCNC) software is helping IT teams get back to focus on more complex tasks. These applications allow non-technical staff to create and build processes, freeing up developers’ time for more strategic efforts. 

LCNC can also lead to other benefits including: 

1. Expanding the team internally

You can easily expand your team through the use of citizen developers. Leveraging internal business users can alleviate the mundane burdens of your coding professionals, and encourage more unified collaboration between departments to boost productivity.

2. Ramping up deployment time

With this technology in your software stack, IT teams can ramp up deployment on business processes and workflows by at least half the time it usually takes to launch. Delivery speed is up - all made possible by LCNC’s user-friendly interface and intuitive drag and drop tools.

3. Finding talent worldwide

If your company allows for remote work opportunities, LCNC applications also have the ability to expand your talent pool worldwide. With little-to-no coding experience required, the barrier for entry is much lower and gives you a lot more opportunity to hire capable talent from all over the globe.  

4. Maintaining total governance

Apps and processes built on IT-approved platforms are much easier to govern. LCNC gives leaders the visibility and control required to monitor the quality and security of their stack, heavily reducing the abundance of shadow IT risks. 

5. Reducing business costs

LCNC platforms enable citizen developers to create more applications for a lot less. Forrester reported that when one company passed up hiring two IT developers and implemented low-code no-code tools instead, they saw an increase of about $4.4 million in business value from the resulting apps over three years.

However, that isn’t the sole reason for cost savings. Low-code no-code applications also decrease your reliance on software developers – a role that is getting increasingly more costly as mentioned earlier. 

Cross-Department Collaboration Value

LCNC applications are allowing strapped IT departments to offload a great deal of initiatives to non-tech users quickly and with very little oversight. A few great ways to implement this software into your business include:

1. Website updates

LCNC platforms like WordPress and Shopify make it easy for users to build and update the site like a pro. Drag and drop widgets allow anyone to create on-brand web pages quickly without heavy code. 

2. Company communications

Today, communications providers are getting involved in the LCNC game with unified communications tools. These tools give IT ease and control of their communications technology, while its plethora of features help customer-facing teams hit their KPIs and provide hyper-personalized customer experiences.

3. Supply chain management

Many companies still have to deal with disparate data storage, spreadsheets and manual workflows when it comes to their supply chain. Mobile-based supply chain management software makes field operations more simple while also enhancing the order experience for your customers. 

4. Regulatory compliance

If your organization must comply with particular regulations such as GDPR, ISO or HIPAA, keeping up with updates for compliance is critical. LCNC software can introduce new rules and policies to ensure your team has easy access to regulatory requirements and has the means necessary to maintain compliance. 

5. Operational enhancements

Cross-department communications is a must for any successful organization. But traditionally, it’s been a challenge to keep teams on the same page. With low-code no-code project management tools, your teams can easily keep operations moving smoothly. 

This list can reach across nearly every department within your organization. The truth is, every business has manual processes that can use automation. And if your IT department is swamped with tasks, low-code no-code software can give power to others to implement those automations for themselves. 

Surviving the IT Crisis with Empowering Technology

IT has seen an unprecedented amount of disruption stemming from the pandemic and The Great Resignation. With your teams stretched thin and a very small skills-based talent pool to choose from, you need quick solutions that can keep your organization on pace. 

Low-code no-code can help a great deal. 

Your communications environment is a great place to start. Companies like AVOXI were purpose-built to enhance your global communications with high-quality voice, messaging and contact center solutions all in one platform. Your business objectives depend on a reliable, cloud-based system like LCNC. Read our eBook to see just how it can accelerate your business objectives in these complicated times. 

Coding Beyond Tradition

Low-code no-code is the future of business communications.
Read our guide to learn how to leverage citizen developers
to lower barriers and accelerate IT objectives.

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Coding Beyond Tradition

Low-code no-code is the future of business communications. Read our guide to learn how to leverage citizen developers to lower barriers and accelerate IT objectives.