Citizen Development Is Spreading Rapidly

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 01-19-2017 Email

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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