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Business Technologists, No-Code Low-Code and Digital Transformation

There’s increasing evidence that business technologists hold the key to digital transformation – and that their most powerful tool is no-code/low code development platforms that enable them to write powerful applications without having a development background.

Female Business Technologist using low-code and no-code softwareWhat is a Business Technologist?

Business technologists, according to Gartner, are “employees who report outside of IT departments and create technology or analytics capabilities for internal or external business use." These people are technology-savvy workers that use innovative software to solve business problems, streamline business tasks, or analyze business data. They are increasingly writing business apps that work on mobile devices.

They Work Outside of IT Departments

Business technologists, according to Gartner, are “employees who report outside of IT departments and create technology or analytics capabilities for internal or external business use."

They Write Business Apps that Solve Business Problems

Gartner research backs this up. Increasingly, business technologists write applications and capabilities not just for their own department, for enterprise-wide use. Gartner notes, “Half of business technologists produce capabilities for users beyond their own department and/or enterprise… They are primarily responsible for building analytics capabilities (36%), but are also involved in building digital commerce platforms, artificial intelligence (AI) and robotic process automation, among others.”

They Use No-Code and Low-Code Software

As I've written previously no-code app builders and low-code development platforms are disrupting the traditional, time-consuming method of developing apps by helping non-developers become mobile app developers. This innovative software gives business technologists direct control over app development.

Business technologists don't need to know programming languages or know how to integrate with business process management systems to write apps. Business units no longer have to wait in a queue for IT to find the time to build the app necessary to streamline their business activity or collect data. Low-code platforms or no-code solutions with drag and drop technology are a tool of choice for business technologists to jump in and solve business problems.

They Collaborate with IT

The report points out, that business technologists, using no-code/low-code tools, must work in concert with IT, rather than apart from it. That collaboration, it says, helps extend the power of IT. The report states, “The CIO in this model is less focused on executing on the minutiae of IT delivery and more on creating a self-service environment that brings digital capabilities close to the point of value and equipping technology talent with the tools and methods they need, regardless of where they sit in the organization.

They Accelerate Digital Transformation

Raf Gelders of Gartner on Business Technologists and No-Code Low-Code SoftwareBusiness technologists enable digital transformation because they’re closest to a business’ needs. They are accelerating digital transformation by using technology in a laser-focused way to streamline activities. In addition, they extend the reach of IT.

The Democratization of App Development

Raf Gelders, research vice president at Gartner, says, "Technology work, once primarily the purview of dedicated IT shops, is being democratized. The best enterprises compete in the digital economy by harnessing the expertise and ingenuity of all their employees, and progressive CIOs are working with other C-suite leaders to do just that… Business technologists expand the CIO’s strategic reach as IT equips and empowers employees across the enterprise to build digital capabilities for making or saving money.”

They Are Force Multipliers

The Gartner report, “The C-Suite Guide: Accelerate Digital for Future-Ready Business,” provides more details about how business technologists leverage the power of no-code/low-code.

As I've written previously no-code app builders and low-code development platforms are disrupting the traditional, time-consuming method of developing apps by helping non-developers become mobile app developers. This innovative software gives workers across the business more control over their app development. You no longer need to know programming languages, know how to integrate with business process management systems or be a professional developer to write apps. Business units no longer have to wait in a queue for IT to find the time to build the app necessary to streamline their business activity or collect data. Low-code platforms or no-code solutions with drag and drop technology are here and are disrupting traditional development processes.

The report points out, “In a highly digital enterprise, the IT organization can no longer be the sole provider of information and technology delivery…Business technologists act as force multipliers who advocate for technology initiatives within business units and functions, provide expertise to select and manage applications, and ensure they’re implemented and adopted to deliver business value.”

Low code software for business technologists and citizen developersThe Best Low-Code/No-Code Software for Business Technologists

Alpha Software offers the best no-code/low-code application platform for business technologists and citizen developers. The software includes offline apps enterprise security and integrations with data sources and other applications.

Alpha TransForm no-code software helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes. The apps can utilize the latest mobile features (camera, GPS, etc.) for fast, accurate data capture. Developers can even tie the apps into business process management systems. Learn more about Alpha TransForm no-code app builder.

Alpha Anywhere low code app development software has the unique ability to rapidly create applications and mobile forms that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. Build low code apps for free with Alpha Anywhere Community Edition.

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About Author

Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.

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