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The advent of citizen developers make low code app development easy
Nov. 19, 2017 04:00 PM
Gone are the days when application development was the daunting task of the highly skilled developers backed with strong IT skills, low code application development has democratized app development and empowered a new generation of citizen developers.
There was a time when app development was in the domain of people with complex coding and technical skills. We called these people by various names like programmers, coders, techies, and they usually worked in a world oblivious of the everyday priorities of the business world. However, with the passage of time, this scenario is much more democratized now. Newer business models have given rise to new technologies that are replacing old legacy systems and processes. Technology and business teams have come together to build just what is needed for business priorities. Today nothing happens backstage in the name of complex coding - everyone builds and develops apps using simple methods based on modern technology.
In the modern digital world, apps have become an essential part of all enterprise activities. App demands are driven by external customers, who demand it to be modern and interactive and by internal customers (employees), who want tons of custom business apps to be built. Non-technical-business units like finance, HR and accounting primarily generate internal app demands. These kind of apps are usually non-mission-critical but are business-critical in nature. The people who demand these apps are also business users who usually have limited or no technical coding knowledge.
In addition, Digital Transformation has taken over the business world and apps have become an indispensable part of every digital activity. Both external and internal stakeholders are in the quest for intuitive, interactive and customized apps that can solve a specific business problem.
Although a small portion of these app demands is being fulfilled by out of the box SaaS-based services, there is still a big chunk of custom apps that have to be custom built. There is an inherent dependency created on the technical/IT teams to take care of these app needs. However, in organizations, IT teams have focused mostly on the core mission-critical apps. This creates a situation for the business app developers, where they themselves cannot create apps and the IT team is a bottleneck for timely delivery. Therefore, the need of the day is “A democratic way to develop business apps without worrying about technology”
Unleashing the New Generation of "Citizen Developers"
When people, especially employees within an enterprise who are not a part of the IT team build apps using their own skills, we call them Citizen Developers. They may be anyone without any specific programming skills, but can actively participate in creating software applications. Gartner defines Citizen Developers as "a user who creates new business apps for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT"
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