Low-Code App Development: A Cure for The App Developer Shortage
By 2020, 70% of enterprise mobile apps will be developed without IT involvement. How? With low-code app development tools. Here’s why…
What’s the best job in America? Being a mobile app developer, says a report from CNN Money, because of the profession’s high salaries and bright future: an average salary in the six figures and a 19% growth rate over the next ten years. That’s great for app developers, but not as great for businesses looking to hire them. High salaries mean app development pros are in high demand. Of course, that’s nothing new. It’s long been known there’s an app developer shortage.
That shortage means it’s tough for IT to keep up with businesses’ demand for apps. In its report, “5 Scenarios for Low Code Choices,” Forrester notes, “Most tech management organizations already have more demand for business apps than they can handle; how can businesses expand their app delivery capacity to meet this exploding demand, which includes new and unfamiliar technologies?”
The answer: A low code app development tool. These tools let developers build mobile apps fast with little hand-coding and custom work, using simple-to-use visual tools. They also allow for custom coding when required. Low-code app development tools can help app developers write apps more quickly and efficiently, meaning companies can get by with fewer staff.
Low-code App Development: Finding New App Developers in the Enterprise
Organizations are decreasing the app backlog by enabling a wide range of employees — often in surprising areas of the business — become mobile app developers by adopting low-code app development. Low-code app development tools can also be used by so-called “citizen developers,” domain experts and line-of-business staff who have business experience but not a development background. Citizen developers may be the future of mobile development. Gartner analyst Jason Wong told SearchMobileComputing that “by 2020, 70% of enterprise mobile apps will be developed without IT involvement.”
We recently published a white paper on the rise of citizen development – made possible by low-code development: “Citizen Development: The Democratization of Mobile and Web App Development.” The white paper details the rise of low-code development in organizations, and how it’s speed and simplicity allows business to churn out more business apps than ever before, by empowering business analysts and line of business users to build mobile apps.
Need help evaluating a low-code app development solution? Read a guest blog on one developer’s low-code evaluation journey, how he tested low-code app development tools and what he discovered.
A Look at One Low Code App Development Platform: Alpha Anywhere
Alpha Anywhere is a particularly powerful low code app development platform, as highlighted in the Forrester report “Vendor Landscape: The Fractured, Fertile Terrain Of Low-Code Application Platforms.” The report lauded Alpha Anywhere’s low-code, rapid mobile application development and deployment environment for its “strong” mobile forms technology.
But you don’t need to just take our word for it, or Forrester’s, either. Start Software’s director and principal consultant Robin Bennett calls Alpha Anywhere low-code app development “a developer’s best friend.” Here are the six reasons he lauds it so highly:
- Alpha Anywhere does the boring stuff and does it really well
- You can build prototypes incredibly quickly
- Nothing is hidden, everything is accessible
- Hard stuff becomes easy
- Debugging is easy, clever, and flexible
- Deployment is genius
He concludes: “It is the most productive and most satisfying multi-platform environment I’ve ever worked in.”
Need help evaluating a low-code app development solution? Read a guest blog on one developer’s low-code evaluation journey, how he tested development tools and what he discovered.
Watch this video on Alpha Anywhere’s Low-Code App Development Platform for Building Mobile and Web Apps or read a detailed look at Alpha Anywhere’s low-code app development architecture.