Many Hands in the Pile: Why More People Than You Think Can Be Software Developers

Written By: Davin Wilfrid
July 14, 2020
3 min read

The digital era has forever changed the way we work. Every company is now a software company, whether you operate in healthcare, financial services, or manufacturing.

But with the increase in demand for business applications, there is a growing strain on traditional IT developers to quickly deliver solutions. Complex coding coupled with shortage of developers will not meet the current demands of speed and adaptability.

At organizations of every type and size, workers are desperate to wrangle inefficient processes or access critical data from complex legacy systems. But very few IT organizations have the developers necessary to support them.

At the same time, a new generation of workers, digital natives who grew up with the internet and smartphones at the tips of their fingers, expect to have tools and resources to rapidly provide value to the business.

Business workers have started to develop their own solutions. But sprawl of these new puts corporate data at risk and compounds the inefficiency at an organizational level, leaving technology leaders stuck between a rock and a hard place.

It’s time to bridge the gap between the business and IT.It’s time to embrace citizen development.

Enter low-code platforms.

Low-code platforms, empower business workers to rapidly develop their own solutions to drive value while also maintaining IT’s standards for governance and security.

The Business Case for Business Developers

The struggle to modernize has big implications for the bottom line as organizations struggle to make data-driven decisions, uncover new market opportunities, shore up risks, and improve operational efficiency. Outdated legacy systems and manual processes will slow down innovation and inhibit growth.

Coupled now with the impacts of COVID-19, now more than ever, companies need quick solutions to meet new demands and improve processes to better handle future disruption. They need their business to be flexible and agile to respond to any changing conditions in the future. Businesses can no longer wait months or years for digital improvements. They need solutions now.

In the wake of transformative events, like COVID-19, organizations are turning to low-code platforms to accelerate their digital transformation efforts. These platforms enable those closest to the work to quickly turn their ideas into actions.

Develop Rapid Applications to Drive Value

Business developers are not professional developers, so their success depends on an intuitive platform that allows them to create applications and workflows in a way they understand.

Low-code platforms have a straightforward data model that makes sense to a business developer familiar with spreadsheets, while offering advanced capabilities to create relationships between data sets.

Business developers should have the flexibility to quickly generate and share reports and charts within the platform. Low-code platforms offer a wide range of chart types and reporting options, plus the ability to automatically share recurring reports via email notifications.

Low-code platforms, like Quick Base, also offer robust governance features that allow the organization’s IT team to manage Shadow IT, embrace citizen development, and administer at scale.

Traditional methods of IT application development cannot keep up the rapid changes of today’s business environment. As the future of work continues to evolve and more organizations look to their own business workers to solve complex problems, low-code platforms are critical to success.

Written By: Davin Wilfrid
Davin Wilfrid manages Content & Community at Quickbase. When he's not playing or watching baseball, he builds terrible ukuleles.

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