In manufacturing, no code platforms are revolutionizing how engineers work.

This revolution is long overdue, considering that in the last 20 years software has changed how nearly everyone works.

Every job now has a series of software tools that enable users to do their job better and more efficiently–a tech stack.

Until recently, however, this hasn’t been the case for manufacturing. Despite the fact that engineers are expected to do a greater number of technical tasks, software hasn’t evolved fast enough to support them.

In this post we’ll take a look at:

  1. How software–from ubiquitous office applications to no code platforms-have changed job descriptions over time.
  2. Explain why manufacturing has lagged behind.
  3. Show how no code platforms are evolving how engineers work.

The Case From Marketing

So how does this relate to manufacturing? Why even mention marketing?

Hear me out.

Marketers love writing about marketing, so there’s a lively discussion about how technology has spurred changes in that field.

The general observation is this: over time, new software enabled marketers to act as their own “technologists” (e.g. developers, data scientists, integrators).

It started with Excel and Google Sheets, which made it easier for marketers to perform and collaborate on data analysis.

Graphic of evolution in Martech over time
evolution of martech and job descriptions over time

With more data coming in than  ever, however, this analysis was no longer as simple as writing a spreadsheet formula. So new tools came along to route data between applications and centralize distributed sources of information.

Implicitly, marketers were now doing IT work as well as advanced business analysis.

At some point, individual software products weren’t enough to cover the needs of every user. So Application Platforms as a Service (aPaaS) gave marketers the ability to design their own business apps, without having to train as a software developer.

Now they were doing development work, though most had never learned a single programming language.

To summarize, the needs of business users changed as software became more capable over time and, in turn, job descriptions themselves changed.

Manufacturing Engineers

If software helped evolve job descriptions in marketing (and sales, IT, HR, finance, security, as well as the healthcare, education, and real estate verticals, among others), software has largely failed to evolve with manufacturers.

tech stacks by industry and vertical

Nevertheless, engineers find themselves increasingly forced to do tasks previously performed by technical specialists.

In order to steward their machines and processes, engineers are now expected to know a basic to advanced amount of computer science and software development. With more data produced in the modern factory than ever before, they’re expected to have the skillset of data scientists.

Engineers are the definition of a knowledge worker–someone whose job involves producing new insights from information–and yet they lack the tools that almost all other knowledge workers have.  

That is, until now.

How No Code is Changing Manufacturing Engineering

If the problem is that engineers’ jobs have shifted faster than supporting technology, how is no code helping ameliorate this?

The answer is that no code platforms understand the reality of modern engineering, allowing people on the shop floor do their work without getting stuck in a technical mire.

image of front line engineer using a no code platform

With no code platforms, engineers can create robust, shop floor-ready applications for each of their processes, without coding. Because no code removes the technical expertise necessary to connect humans and machines, guide processes with apps, and collect data, engineers can apply their hard-won domain expertise to their lines without having to submit a ticket to IT.

And just as workers in other industries have crossed the technical barrier without realizing it, so can manufacturing engineers. An, naturally, this will cause greater shifts in the nature of engineering work.

As one process engineer recently told me, we’re entering an era in which mastering a single department or a single system is becoming less important than coordinating and understanding systems of systems.

With no code, that coordination and understanding are within reach.

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