The biggest opportunity to help your business digitally transform is sitting on the front lines of your business. Here, there is a tremendous demand for new applications that enable employees to do their jobs better, faster, and more cost-efficiently.
While many companies are not staffed or budgeted to take on these demands with their IT-based professional developers alone, cloud-based application building platforms for business professionals are helping to bridge the skills/resources gap. In the first post of this series, we discussed how companies are helping their increasingly tech savvy and empowerment-minded workforce to solve business problems by building applications.
Galvanized by business productivity platforms that generate most of the code automatically, business professionals can now join in the application development game because coding skills are no longer required. Business professionals can build from simple to moderately complex targeted applications, needing only the knowledge of their business process and data and the determination to solve their business problems. As today’s new, non-traditional development resources, their roles can be defined in the following ways:
- Builders are those who work within business units and have spreadsheet skills but cannot code. They would typically build applications for themselves and their teams.
- Power Builders are individuals who are usually non-coders found in business units, business unit IT or Central IT, with scripting, business or system analyst skills. They’re focused on building applications for multiple teams across a business unit.
While it’s important to empower builders to solve their problems by building applications, it’s equally important to engage power builders who can assist them as needed in developing more complex applications or integrating with other systems. Both the builder and power builder resources outnumber the limited amount of professional developers while representing much lower compensation cost, meaning this could help to save money while making your business more efficient and agile.
Builders and power builders can collaborate in a variety of ways depending on the needs of the organization. We see three common application-building collaboration models enabled by business productivity platforms.
Pushing the Envelope on Digital Transformation
By speeding up application development, and opening it up to a broader set of professionals who are not traditional developers, business productivity platforms are playing a key role in eliminating barriers to digital transformation. Without writing any code, business professionals can quickly build the applications they need to manage projects, orders, leads, customers, assets, workflows, etc.
Business professionals are able to perform a range of tasks from setting up tables, fields and relationships, to creating business logic, automating workflows, generating dashboards and reports, setting up granular permissions, and integrating applications – all in point-and-click mode. Building your exact business processes is a powerful way to create a sustained competitive advantage – one that is unattainable with packaged software which forces every company to use the same process.
And when business processes or the market environment change, business professionals can make real-time updates to their applications, boosting business agility. There’s no need to wait for weeks or months for a professional developer to change your application.
Business productivity platforms have become a new way to bring a much needed and untapped resource to the application-building table. With them, business professionals in sales, finance, operations, HR – throughout the organization – are empowered to step into builder and power builder roles to create solutions that pave the way to:
- Easy and secure data sharing for greater insights
- Automated workflows for better operational efficiency
- Improved collaboration across the organization for increased productivity
- A more agile company that is equipped to rapidly respond to both challenges and opportunities.
Who are your builders and power builders and how are you empowering problem solving at your organization? Share your comments below.
Learn more in the Buyer’s Guide:Business & IT Alignment, Citizen Development, Democratization of IT, Rapid Application Development | Tagged citizen development, Digital Transformation