Digital transformations are slowed down by many things — but a key one is how backlogged enterprises are when it comes to writing applications. As Jason Bloomberg puts it in his Forbes blog post, Don't Let Your Application Backlog Sink Your Digital Transformation, backlogs, “can get long and unmanageable – and the pressures of digital transformation combined with the perennial shortage of skills makes this problem worse.”
How bad is the problem? A recent survey by OutSystems spells it out in detail. Demand for apps, it found is at an all-time high, with 42 percent of respondents saying they plan to deliver 10 or more apps in 2018, 21 percent planning to deliver 25 or more, and 10 percent planning to deliver a whopping 100 or more apps.
But while demand is high, the ability of IT to deliver those apps is low. Forty-seven percent of respondents to the survey reported that the average time to deliver a web or mobile apps is five months or more. That leads to serious backlogs: “Sixty-five percent of IT professionals said they have an app dev backlog, and for 10% of these respondents, the backlog was more than 10 apps.”
The reason for the backlog is straightforward — enterprises simply can’t find the talent to write apps, with 80 of respondents saying that app dev talent is scare, “with hiring taking longer and costing more.”
Low-code and no-code application development platforms, Bloomberg writes in Forbes, can help solve the problem and speed up digital transformation, because the best of them allow domain and line-of-business experts to write applications and coordinate their work with IT. “Since stakeholders are building applications for themselves, those apps are more likely to align with customer needs,” Bloomberg says. “Secondly, shifting the burden of application creation from professional developers to citizen developers frees up scant pro resources to work on more technical tasks.”
He concludes: “In the final analysis, no improvement in traditional hand-coding software development methodologies will resolve the worsening backlog problem – only collaboration across the organization will do that.”
What’s the Best Platform For Speeding App Development and Digital Transformation?
The best tool for speeding up digital transformation is one that lets business experts build apps in close coordination with IT and an enterprise’s digital transformation strategy. That’s where Alpha Anywhere and its new TransForm technology comes in. It’s the best tool for speeding up enterprise digital transformation. It offers tools that lets existing staff build business apps much more quickly and effectively and enables savvy business domain experts and IT departments to work together to digitize business processes and deliver tangible business impact. It also simultaneously enables IT to control data integration with systems of record, and data security compliance.