There is something different in the air.
When I first started at Quickbase a few years ago, citizen development was often met with skepticism with questions like: Is it real? Who would use it? Do you even need it?
The answer is yes: Yes, it is real. All types of enterprises use it. And yes, you need it. In fact, the market demands it.
Customers, businesses and organizations of all sizes, particularly the enterprise, are struggling with how to drive greater responsiveness and innovation to customer needs and market demands in a world of very constrained resources and expertise.
The reality is that customers have never been more demanding, the market has never been more competitive, and it has never been more difficult to get the software development talent and capabilities in organizations that you need.
That is true for everybody.
As a result, there is a large and growing gap between the demands that the marketplace puts on organizations to innovate and serve customers better, and the supply of technical talent and innovation capabilities they must supply. Off-the-shelf applications are no longer cutting it.
As this mismatch grows, the rise of low-code platforms and the urgency of citizen development within enterprises has never been clearer. It is time for IT leaders to embrace citizen development in order to move ahead.
We believe that Gartner, a leading research and advisory company for IT, is highlighting the importance of citizen development in giving businesses a competitive advantage with their Critical Capabilities report that has a specific use case designated for Citizen Development.
At Quickbase, we have worked tirelessly to equip citizen developers throughout a variety of industries with the tools needed to perfect their business’s unique processes. Because of this, we are excited to announce that Quickbase received the highest score for the Citizen Development Use Case in Gartner’s 2019 Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms.
Quickbase received the highest score of 4.08 out of 5 out of the 19 vendors assessed for the Citizen Development use case, with high scores in no-code development (4.5 out of 5) and enterprise worthiness (4.0 out of 5).
No-code development was assessed by how platforms supported development with a no-code approach, while enterprise worthiness looked at how the platforms supported aspects like governance, security and regulatory compliance.
Quickbase was also recognized in November as Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Enterprise Low-Code Application.
We believe that receiving the highest score from Gartner in any capacity is an accomplishment, but even more in the Citizen Development use case as it reinforces the idea that citizen development is a key process that can help elevate users and businesses.
Gartner noted in their report that the low-code application platforms market is becoming increasingly competitive as these platforms “continue to grow in capability and maturity, addressing more enterprise use cases and providing rapid application delivery with fewer skills to the advantage of businesses everywhere.” 1