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Citizen Development Is Spreading Rapidly

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 01-19-2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Citizen Development Is Spreading Rapidly
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    Citizen Development Is Spreading Rapidly

    A growing number of citizen developers are building custom business applications without code, resulting in better access to data and faster decision making.
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    Number of Application Builders Grew
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    Number of Application Builders Grew

    The number of application builders within the organizations surveyed rose an average of 38% since last year.
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    Citizen Development Is Woven Into Jobs
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    Citizen Development Is Woven Into Jobs

    For 76% of the application builders surveyed, citizen development is part of their day job, up from 68% last year.
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    Citizen Developers' Fastest-Growing Apps
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    Citizen Developers' Fastest-Growing Apps

    Customer-facing web and mobile applications are the fastest growing apps being built on citizen development platforms, rising to 35% of application builders from 27% last year.
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    Reducing Request Backlogs
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    Reducing Request Backlogs

    Citizen development reduces unfulfilled request backlogs by 65%. It also results in faster time to market because applications can be built in less than two weeks for 53% of respondents.
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    Traditional App Development Is Slow

    Developing a custom app using traditional development methods takes more than two months, according to 67% of non-customer respondents. 31% of these respondents said it takes six months.
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    Platforms Used for a Wide Range of Apps
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    Platforms Used for a Wide Range of Apps

    Citizen development platforms can be used to develop 26 different custom applications for a wide variety of uses.
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    Top Apps Built with Citizen Development
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    Top Apps Built with Citizen Development

    Asset management Project management IT help desk Inventory management Contact management
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    Many Citizen Developers Work in LoB
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    Many Citizen Developers Work in LoB

    For 79% of the organizations surveyed, the place most likely to find citizen developers is in lines of business, followed by central services at 62% and central IT at 39%.
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    A Collaborative Effort
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    A Collaborative Effort

    Among professional developers in central IT organizations, 73% collaborate with citizen developers and business users for whom applications are being built.
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    Top Benefit of Citizen Development
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    Top Benefit of Citizen Development

    The top benefit of no-code citizen development is the ability to maintain and update applications faster than the two-month window that 35% of traditional developers need.
 

So-called "citizen developers" are increasingly building custom business applications without code, giving employees better access to data and leading to faster decision making, according to a new report. The study, "2016 State of Citizen Development Report," was conducted by QuickBase, which offers an interface enabling users to create custom applications without learning code. A citizen developer works in a line-of-business organization or in operations, and typically builds or maintains applications. According to Forrester Research, citizen development will be a $15 billion market by 2020. QuickBase introduced its inaugural report last year, and this year's survey includes the responses of 205 QuickBase customers and 153 non-customers working in 15 industries in North America. The customer set, which consisted mainly of application builders, offered insights about citizen development practices in their organization and how those practices have changed in the past year. The non-customer segment uses traditional development practices for custom applications. The slideshow includes key findings.

 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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