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The Rise of No-Code Citizen Developers

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 10-13-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    The Rise of No-Code Citizen Developers

    Although the majority of an application is built by IT, the last mile is often left to “citizen developers,” who are trained to solve business problems.
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    Citizen Developers Collaborate
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    Citizen Developers Collaborate

    No code, citizen developers prototype solutions with their IT counterparts. 68% of respondents said they build apps with someone outside of their functional area.
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    IT Collaborates
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    IT Collaborates

    The majority of IT builders (75%) develop three-quarters of an application, leaving the last mile to citizen developers.
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    It's Part of My Job
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    It's Part of My Job

    68% of respondents consider developing apps part of their day job. 25% said it is not part of their job, and 7% said maybe.
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    No-Code Citizen Developers' Skills
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    No-Code Citizen Developers' Skills

    97% of respondents have traditional word processing and spreadsheet formula skills, 36% have front-end Web interface skills (HTML, CSS, JavaScript), and 8% have traditional coding skills (Java, NET, C++, Ruby, PHP)
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    Types of Apps Citizen Developers Build
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    Types of Apps Citizen Developers Build

    65% of respondents build "get-your-work-done" apps, 42% run business apps, 27% build "delight-the-customer" apps.
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    How Long Does It Take?

    62% of respondents said it takes them less than two weeks to build an app, 27% say it takes 2 to 4 weeks, and 13% say it takes them more than one month.
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    Increased Application Delivery Speeds

    71% of citizen developers said they increased their application delivery speeds by at least 50%. 29% have doubled their application delivery speeds.
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    Integrating With Cloud-based Systems

    73% of respondents plan to integrate apps into cloud-based systems that already exist.
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    45% of respondents said they have shared apps with customers and partners as dashboards and reports.
 

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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