1Going Outside of IT, ‘Citizen Developers’ Speeding Up App Delivery
With frustrations growing over their IT department’s inability to deliver business apps on a timely basis, a significant number of organizations are allowing—if not embracing—app development on the part of non-IT employees, according to a recent survey from Kintone, which markets a cloud-based rapid application development platform. The resulting report, titled “The Rise of the Citizen Developer: 2017 Low-Code Adoption Survey,” reveals that non-IT developed apps are supporting a great deal of data analytics and marketing functions. To further encourage citizen development, survey respondents said they need more access to low-code platforms. Nearly 325 IT and non-IT professionals took part in the research, which was conducted by Unisphere Research.
2Lack of Speed and Data Sharing Create Concerns
3Organizations Depend Greatly Upon Non-IT Created Apps
4Companies Often Allow—and Even Embrace—Citizen App Development
Three of 10 survey respondents said non-IT app development and deployment are allowed at their company with IT oversight, and an additional 12 percent said non-IT app development and deployment are actively encouraged. Just over one-quarter of survey respondents said there is no official policy in place about this activity.
5Data Analytics Leads Non-IT Developed Apps
6Open Source Emerges as Popular App Tool
7Many Citizen Developers Build Apps While on Company Clock
8Citizen Development Results in Rapid Turnaround Time for App Delivery
9Citizen Developers Claim IT Is ‘Too Slow’ at Delivering Apps
10Security Issues Stand in Way of Non-IT App Development
11Citizen Developers Seek Low-Code Platforms
Just over one-half of survey respondents said they could use an easy-to-use platform (or low-code platform) to encourage more citizen development. There’s also a need for more training and education to support programming/app development skills, according to 46 percent of survey respondents.