10 Reasons Why No-Code, Rapid App Development Makes Sense for IT

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-08-29 Print this article Print

Our world is being radically transformed by digital technologies and mobile devices. While this applies to our personal lives, the implications are perhaps most profound for the enterprise. There's tremendous potential to harness these forces to unlock new efficiencies and sources of growth and differentiations. But business and IT must first come to terms with the realities of this new world—and how they have radically redefined expectations for business apps. Meanwhile, several independent software vendors are providing application development platforms that require no coding at all. Some are delivering model-driven platforms that enable users to generate apps from business process models with no programming required. Yet, in the end, enterprises are looking for ways to build mobile, Web and general enterprise apps faster, better and cheaper. The sooner IT teams shed their old practices, the sooner they can redefine their own businesses. Here are 10 arguments from app platform provider Mendix why IT should consider a new, rapid app development strategy.

  • 10 Reasons Why No-Code, Rapid App Development Makes Sense for IT

    by Darryl K. Taft
    1 - 10 Reasons Why No-Code, Rapid App Development Makes Sense for IT
  • IT Is Spending Too Much Time 'Keeping the Lights On'

    Eighty percent of IT budgets are spent on maintaining existing systems, leaving little room for innovation projects aimed at capitalizing on new opportunities. Yet, demands from the business for precisely those initiatives continue to grow.

    TAKEAWAY: IT teams must find ways to support the projects essential to the future growth of the business.
    2 - IT Is Spending Too Much Time 'Keeping the Lights On'
  • IT Is Getting Bogged Down Because It Treats All Projects the Same

    IT teams have historically tackled projects with a single approach that treats all applications the same—whether they're large core systems for managing commodity processes or apps to support unique and frequently changing business models/processes.

    TAKEAWAY: IT needs a strategy to identify and address apps geared toward unique or innovative processes.
    3 - IT Is Getting Bogged Down Because It Treats All Projects the Same
  • Relying Solely on Code Takes Too Long

    While there will always be a need for code, many IT teams are coming to the realization that it's simply not suited to delivering innovative apps fast or flexible enough. As Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst John Rymer noted: "If we rely solely on coding, we're going to fail. It's too slow. It's too inflexible."

    TAKEAWAY: IT and the business need a common language for quickly and iteratively turning requirements into software.
    4 - Relying Solely on Code Takes Too Long
  • IT Backlogs Are Growing

    Gartner predicts that IT debt—"the cost of dealing with delayed and deferred maintenance of the application portfolio"—threatens to reach $1 trillion globally by 2015.

    TAKEAWAY: IT needs to accelerate app delivery to eliminate the backlog and finally move at the speed of business.
    5 - IT Backlogs Are Growing
  • IT Projects Are Failing

    According to the Standish Group, 94 percent of large IT projects are either "challenged" (over budget, behind schedule or didn't meet user expectations) or fail altogether.

    TAKEAWAY: IT can reverse project failure rates only with an approach that improves the speed and quality of projects.
    6 - IT Projects Are Failing
  • Everyone Is Unhappy With IT

    A McKinsey survey says only 20 percent of IT professionals believe that IT is effectively driving technology enablement or innovation in business processes and operations.

    TAKEAWAY: IT can reverse its perception within the company by more directly involving the business in app development.
    7 - Everyone Is Unhappy With IT
  • The Pace of Change Is Accelerating

    New technologies are being introduced at mind-boggling speeds. This rapid change is forcing businesses to seek new sources of innovation and differentiation. And the window to capitalize on these opportunities is smaller than ever.

    TAKEAWAY: IT teams need to deliver applications faster and build frequent change into their process.
    8 - The Pace of Change Is Accelerating
  • Software Is Disrupting Industries

    New players are disrupting established industries with app-driven approaches, focused on continuously releasing new software. To survive and thrive today, every company must think—and act—like a software company.

    TAKEAWAY: IT can become a change agent, but this requires greater speed, agility and collaboration with the business.
    9 - Software Is Disrupting Industries
  • Everything Is Open and Connected

    The convergence of cloud, mobile, social and big data is fundamentally transforming the enterprise. Today's "always-on" economy requires a high degree of connectedness across people, processes, data and devices.

    TAKEAWAY: IT must ensure new apps integrate seamlessly with other systems and work on any device.
    10 - Everything Is Open and Connected
  • User Expectations Are Rising

    Our personal experiences have driven expectations for enterprise apps sky high. Business users demand the same kinds of intuitive and intelligent apps they use every day—apps that are simple, don't require training, are accessible from any device, and are built rapidly and updated frequently.

    TAKEAWAY: IT must fundamentally transform the way it designs, builds, deploys and manages business apps.
    11 - User Expectations Are Rising

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