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How to Choose the Right Development Platform for Digital Transformation

Picking the right technology for digital transformation is a big decision. Read these types on how to pick the right app development platform for your organization.For your company to thrive in a fast-changing environment and get the most out of digital transformation, you need to choose the right development platform — and change your development process. So concludes the Gartner study, “Application Development and Platforms Primer for 2019,” which also offers advice on how businesses can choose the best platform and get the most out of it. Following are the report’s highlights.

The Need for Evolving Application Development & Delivery 

The report starts out with this blunt warning: “Continuous digital business demand means that application development and delivery organizations that stand still become outmoded. Even those that evolve slowly risk falling behind and being outsourced. You must continuously infuse new digital DNA — novel skills, practices and technologies — that improve and even replace existing development activities to rapidly affect positive change.”

In order to do that, it says, “You need to scale agile, DevOps and citizen development practices, elevate the criticality of digital design and continuous quality, and introduce new software architecture principles and disruptive technologies to transform development and platform strategies in the era of digital products.”

What does that mean in practice? One of the report’s most important recommendations is that companies use new development technologies, cloud platforms and artificial intelligence in order to “bolster agile development and DevOps.” Another recommendation is to adopt new architectures that allow teams to work together more closely. Part of doing that is finding new techniques for motivating talent, and building “new team structures and leadership skills that focus on self-organization, cross-functionality and end-to-end ownership of application delivery.”

The report spends a fair amount of time discussing how companies should “foster innovation and drive business agility by empowering citizen development.” That means empowering “business analysts, marketers and HR professionals to contribute to app innovation by converting shadow IT into citizen development initiatives.”

Key to that, the report says, is choosing the right mobile app development platform. It the report’s words, “You must implement a flexible development environment and a set of low-code development tools that enable citizen developers to participate in app creation and delivery.” It then adds, “Organizations with a citizen development capability can augment and supplement the professional development capacity they have to meet business demands. You must use citizen developers as a force multiplier, providing development and innovation at the edges of the enterprise by the employees themselves.”

Citizen DeveloperRelated Whitepaper: 
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Democratize App Development with Citizen Developers

Choosing the Right Development Platform for Digital Transformation

Alpha TransForm is ideal for accelerating and scaling digital transformation. Alpha TransForm helps business users craft online or offline mobile apps in minutes that utilize the latest mobile features, and can access and integrate with any database or web service.

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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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