Custom-Built Cloud Solutions, Apps Gain Traction
Sixty-eight percent of information workers who built an app on their own said they completed the work in less than a week.When it comes to creating new applications or software to solve business problems, a growing number of employees are going it on their own, a survey from Intuit QuickBase reveals. The survey found that nearly one in five information workers has built or customized a Web application or software for work purposes without support from IT. The survey also found that 50 percent of information workers now turn to online databases and Web-based productivity applications, instant messaging platforms, video chat services and social networks to solve their own business problems. "There's a fast-growing population of do-it-yourself app creators in every organization," said Allison Mnookin, vice president and general manager of Intuit QuickBase. "These motivated employees are taking advantage of easy-to-use Web-based platforms to respond to the accelerating pace and increasing complexity of business demands. With intimate knowledge of customer and work group needs and easy-to-use cloud tools, information workers solve their own problems faster than IT can accommodate them. IT departments that embrace and empower these employees can drive competitiveness for their businesses."
Sixty-eight percent of information workers who built or customized an application on their own said they completed the work in less than a week. In contrast, 72 percent of those using an internal development team to build a solution reported it took more than a month to complete. Survey results indicated that not only are they creating their solutions faster, the solutions are sticking: 82 percent reported that their do-it-yourself solution is still being used within their organization or team.