The Rise of No-Code Citizen Developers

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 10-13-2015 Email

Traditional programming methods and application development platforms are too slow, too expensive and are fraught with miscommunications, according to a new survey. That's driving enterprises to seek a better ROI in application development and delivery through so-called "citizen developers." Because customizing applications often requires costly hand-coded programming, companies are using these developers, who are trained to solve business problems rather than learn programming languages, and are often called "no-code" developers. They help prevent the "ever-growing backlog of application requests," according to the survey, "The State of Citizen Development Report."

Intuit QuickBase, a rapid application development platform, conducted the survey of 148 IT developers, citizen developers and non-builders, 96 percent of whom self-identify as application builders. Thirty-seven percent are from companies with less than 100 employees, 35 percent work at companies with 100 to 5,000 employees and 28 percent are employed at organizations with more than 5,000 employees. 47 percent have up to 50 users, 38 percent have 51 to 500 users, and 15 percent have more than 500 users.

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


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