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Low-Code Apps Can Solve the Mobile App Gap

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Low code apps can build modern business apps. The trend is changing how companies take business processes digital. Now citizen developers in companies can build, customize and deploy business apps with user friendly app development environments.

There's a serious “app gap” that many enterprises are facing. Companies can't get all the business applications they need built.  This is due to difficulty finding and hiring developers with mobile app development skills. Fortunately, new technology is becoming a practical solution in enterprises: low-code apps solve the problem.

Gartner found that over 25% of global companies have not built or customized any mobile apps in the last 12 months.

And now comes a possibly even more alarming report from Capgemini and LinkedIn, “The Digital Talent Gap—Are Companies Doing Enough?” The report found the digital talent gap is widening. 54 percent of organizations reported that “the digital talent gap is hampering their digital transformation programs." Those organizations reported that their organization "lost competitive advantage because of a shortage of digital talent.”

The article says, “budgets for training digital talent have remained flat or decreased in more than half (52%) of the organizations."  More than 50% of organizations said they "keep talking about the digital talent gap but not doing much to bridge it".

There’s also bad news for companies that provide digital training. Respondents said training wasn't helpful or they couldn't take advantage of it. And 45 percent say their companies training programs are “useless and boring.”

The report uncovered good news: “soft digital skills" and a passion for learning are most in demand by organizations.” Companies are looking for business users who want to adopt and learn new technologies to solve business problems. Like analytics software, low code software is a new technology with a fast learning curve and big payoffs.

Those kinds of “soft” skills are frequently found in abundance in enterprises, but not necessarily in the IT department. They're usually found in business departments. these employees are passionate about their jobs, close to the needs of customers and looking to learn new technology skills.

This is very good news for IT management and development teams. They can turn business users into “citizen developers” who use low code solutions to create apps without hand-coding.

Low-code app solutions let business users with minimal technical training write mobile applications without custom code. Low code gives enterprises the best of both words. They get the customer service focus of business users. At the same time companies can rapidly build and deploy more mobile apps with no-code or low-code automation platforms.

Alpha Anywhere is an ideal low-code app development and deployment product for citizen developers. Anyone can quickly build mobile apps, even if they’ve never built a mobile business app before.

Alpha Anywhere is one of the most highly rated low-code tools available. InfoWorld awarded it the 2016 Technology of the Year Award for being a top mobile app software development leader. It has received the highest number of perfect scores on Gartner’s crowd-sourced review site.

Read more about Alpha Anywhere’s low-code development tools, workflow automation and user interfaces and they help mobile app builders make outstanding apps. In fact, many customers agree on the best low-code software to solve the mobile app gap.

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Read how low code can help you mobilize business process automation. 

This white paper explores how adding low-code to your application development process can solve the mobile app gap.


The rise of citizen developers --  is a growing trend in enterprises. The new whitepaper “Citizen Developers: Mobile and Web App Development” provides:

    • Predictions for how many business apps enterprises will need to build in the coming years
    • Practical examples of line of business domain experts building enterprise apps
    • What your organization must do to empower line of business employees to build apps
    • Important requirements that must be met for line of business development to be successful

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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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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.