How Microsoft is helping businesses with digital transformation despite tech talent shortage

By using tools and services designed for non programmers, businesses can continue to grow without the need for coding professionals.

Video: How Microsoft's PowerApps allows you to build apps without writing code At Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft's James Phillips explains how low-code platforms can help businesses digitally transform.

At Microsoft Ignite, James Phillips, corporate vice president of business applications at Microsoft, explained how companies can work around the tech talent shortage.

By using Microsoft's tools such as Power BI, PowerApps and Microsoft flow, non-programmers can create applications for the web or mobile without actually writing code. And it looks like it was built by a professional developer, Phillips said.

"With PowerApps in particular, we give you the ability not only to build really compelling user experiences, but to build them in a way that connects with all of the other applications and data sources within your enterprise," he said.

By offering tools that do not require a person to have a PhD in computer science, "we think we're empowering businesses to digitally transform even though there is a growing shortage of technology talent," he said.

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