The Rise of the Citizen Developer

By Seshachari, September 8, 2017

Forrester forecasted low code platform growth for 2020 at USD 15.4 B. Gartner predicts that by 2018, more than half of all business apps will be created by citizen developers using rapid mobile app development tools. Gartner analyst Jason Wong told Search Mobile Computing, that by 2020, 70% of enterprise mobile apps will be developed without IT involvement.

We live in a day and age of speedy, application-centric innovations. Customer-facing software becomes more important than ever before and Apps are tools to get things done.  Low code development enables rapid application delivery with a minimum of hand-coding, using drag and drop editors and visual development tools. Even non-technical staff, such as business analysts, who work closely with end users, can develop it, becoming citizen developers or power users.

Low code development platforms bring about change in the solution development process, with a minimal hand-coding, lower investment in setup, training, deployment and maintenance. Low-code development platforms encourage non-technical users to build their own enterprise applications, create reusable components that represent business services and fulfill a variety of business goals.

Businesses have begun to turn to low-code development platforms as it enables rapid application delivery with minimal hand-coding and quick setup and deployment. It’s an easy-to-use solution that simplifies the application development process by providing visual tools for designing application interfaces. The 3 parts of any low code development app are – Database integration, Visual development, and Full Lifecycle Management.

Features like Drag-and-Drop Visual Interfaces, Form Builders, Pre-Built Templates, Process / Workflow Modeling, Object Mapping, Customizable App UI, Third-Party App Integrations, App Marketplace and the pre-built services that are ready to put in use, will dramatically speed-up the application development cycle, in turn, lowering cost and other resource requirements, and paving the way for experimental app development.

  • Accelerate time to market by speeding-up the release of digital tools such as e-forms, video and workflow automation.
  • Engagement of Non-technical members to support major digital transformation initiatives by use and deployment of low code platform solutions.
  • Citizen developers become more empowered to develop applications that meet business goals.
  • Business is well-aligned with IT, and applications built are fit for purpose because they are executed by citizen developers who know the processes inside-out and can iterate easily – until its right.

Low-code platform vendors occupy five segments: general-purpose, process app, database app, request-handling and mobile app platforms.

Significant low code platform vendors are Alpha Software, Alphinat,, Appian, Bizagi, Caspio, ClaySys Technologies, Formotus, Intalio, Intuit QuickBase, KeyedIn Solutions, Magic Software, MatsSoft, Mendix, MicroPact, Microsoft, OutSystems, Salesforce ServiceNow, Simplicité Software, Snappii, TrackVia, ViziApps, WhoGloo, and Zoho.

Citizen developer is a front line asset when it comes to clearing enterprise application backlogs, and the numbers are constantly on the rise. These citizen developers are more likely to try and build the apps using low code platforms, and revolutionize the way business applications are built and used.

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Chari as an SVP Business & Delivery - Global, brings over 25+ years of experience in the IT. Chari is responsible for P&L, setting up of GDM Delivery engine-Defining, Implementing and Managing large team setups, driving continuous stream of Innovations and Business Transformation for Value Creation and Revenue Generation with centre of excellence focused on Business/Vertical Priorities through non-linear growth, creating multiple IP's - Value Solutions Development Framework (VSDF), integrating components using next-gen technologies like BPM/SOA/ ESB/ J2EE platform & solutions to its global customers.

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