Quickbase Issues Third Annual Report on the State of Business Apps

Research points to greater diversity among business app builders as compared to traditional programming jobs, with 40 percent identifying as women

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., November 7, 2017Quickbase, a leader in low-code platforms for business developers, today announced the results of its third annual report on the state of business app builders. Building on its previous two studies, the 2017 report offers an even clearer picture of these employees, the impact their apps are having within their organizations, and what key challenges they seek to solve with no-code programming tools, such as Quickbase. Download the full report: https://www.quickbase.com/2017-state-of-business-apps-report.

‘State of Business Apps 2017: The Future of Problem Solving’ illustrates stark differences between citizen developers using no-code offerings to impact their organizations and traditional developers. Notably, the survey found that 40 percent of Quickbase builders are women, a significantly higher percentage than is typically reported for traditional programming roles. (A recent Accenture report estimates that only 24 percent of U.S. computing jobs today are held by women.)

A second key finding is that using no-code tools is helping respondents advance careers and secure promotions. Sixty-four percent of Quickbase builders reported receiving public recognition for the value they were creating within their organizations. Eighteen percent of respondents note that they received a promotion as a direct result of their use of Quickbase; 17 percent took their skills to new job roles at new companies or grew within their current one, illustrating that no-code tools can be easily transferable from position to position.

“Our report proves that thanks to no-code tools such as Quickbase, more people are leveraging the power of software, in order to impact their organizations and advance their careers,” said Rick Willett, CEO of Quickbase. “Each day, professionals from all walks of life — from a one-man bakery in Florida, to an airline operations manager in Texas, to executives at Fortune 100 companies — are creating apps on their own to solve their aching problems at work. We at Quickbase are incredibly proud to see data from our users showcasing that our products are empowering people to be more efficient and successful.”

Additional findings of the report include:

  • Productivity and efficiency are the key adoption drivers: Quickbase builders create no-code apps primarily because these apps better fit their needs than other market solutions (68 percent) and so they can make changes more quickly to apps as their workload and requirements change (61 percent).
  • No-code app builders working with other company stakeholders reduces security concerns. While security concerns (along with executive buy-in) were ranked as the top concern of using no-code, almost half of no-code builders said that IT was fully supportive of their efforts (47 percent); 17 percent even reported that business departments and IT were working better together as a direct result of building no-code apps.
  • No-code tools appeal to a range of age demographics. The survey also points to a broad variety of age groups turning to no-code development to solve their pressing business problems. Forty-three percent of Quickbase builders are members of Gen X (age 37-52), forty-three percent are Millennials (age 18-36), and Baby Boomers (age 53–71) represented 14 percent of no-code builders.

The survey comes on the heels of Forrester releasing its first-ever deep-dive on the use of low-code platforms specifically by business developers in October. Quickbase was named a leader in the report and was the only vendor to receive a differentiated score in as many as eight of the ten assessment criteria.[1]

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The results were compiled from two separate surveys. First, a May-June 2017 survey of 231 Quickbase customers in connection with the Quickbase EMPOWER 2017 user conference, with a margin of error of 5 percent. The second was conducted in partnership with DZone and ConStat in April-May 2017, surveying 782 users and builders of traditional and low-code application development platforms and solutions, with a margin of error of 5 percent.

[1] The Forrester New Wave™: Low-Code Platforms For Business Developers, Q4 2017