Has the CIO appetite for implementing low-code solutions evolved?  How do you feel people are reacting to low-code applications?

Three years ago, when I joined QuickBase, I think there was really a very low awareness and very high skepticism among CIOs around low-code platforms. There was this idea of, “wait a minute, I'm going to have non developers that don't work on it, building applications without me sort of in charge of it? That sounds like shadow IT on steroids.” To be honest, there was a nontrivial amount of that in teams across the industry. The classic example is, you'd build an application in a department, it would grow and expand. Before you knew it, you had some really critical infrastructure and applications that have been built without any IT oversight or governance at all. At QuickBase we've invested very heavily, since I arrived, in making governance and trustworthiness of the platform one of the core pillars of our R and D agenda, and it always will be because I recognize that our platform is quite powerful and it is something that businesses rely on. Increasingly they're using our platform for really critical business processes in their organization. And if that's true, then it is essential that we are on our front foot with it and with CIO's and saying, “look, we want to be early-and-often building the right kind of relationship and interaction with you.”I think that's really caused a nice evolution for us to be a much more trusted vendor and partner in those discussions.  I think what's been happening over the last two years, particularly this year, is you've now started to see CIO's come to the conversation with some skepticism about citizen development and about low code, but as they lean in, they realize they do have the need to get more innovation to the edge of their business. This tool not only helps them do it and puts power in the hands of business innovators, or citizen innovators, it also gives CIOs the control and governance they need in IT so that they know, “how are we dealing with master data management? How are we securing this? How do we ensure it is not being split?” That evolution is starting to really help fuel those early catalysts that we're seeing in the growth of this market.

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Three years ago, when I joined QuickBase, I think there was really a very low awareness and very high skepticism among CIOs around low-code platforms. There was this idea of, “wait a minute, I'm going to have non developers that don't work on it, building applications without me sort of in charge of it? That sounds like shadow IT on steroids.” To be honest, there was a nontrivial amount of that in teams across the industry. The classic example is, you'd build an application in a department, it would grow and expand. Before you knew it, you had some really critical infrastructure and applications that have been built without any IT oversight or governance at all. At QuickBase we've invested very heavily, since I arrived, in making governance and trustworthiness of the platform one of the core pillars of our R and D agenda, and it always will be because I recognize that our platform is quite powerful and it is something that businesses rely on. Increasingly they're using our platform for really critical business processes in their organization. And if that's true, then it is essential that we are on our front foot with it and with CIO's and saying, “look, we want to be early-and-often building the right kind of relationship and interaction with you.”I think that's really caused a nice evolution for us to be a much more trusted vendor and partner in those discussions.  I think what's been happening over the last two years, particularly this year, is you've now started to see CIO's come to the conversation with some skepticism about citizen development and about low code, but as they lean in, they realize they do have the need to get more innovation to the edge of their business. This tool not only helps them do it and puts power in the hands of business innovators, or citizen innovators, it also gives CIOs the control and governance they need in IT so that they know, “how are we dealing with master data management? How are we securing this? How do we ensure it is not being split?” That evolution is starting to really help fuel those early catalysts that we're seeing in the growth of this market.
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