Low-Code Apps Can Solve the Mobile App Gap

After much talk, new technology is becoming a practical solution in enterprises: low-code development can solve the mobile app gap.

It’s long been known that there’s a serious “app gap” in enterprises, due in large part to the difficulty of finding and hiring developers with mobile skills. After much talk, new technology is becoming a practical solution in enterprises: low-code app development can solve the mobile app gap.

Survey Analysis: The Mobile App Development Trends That Will Impact Your Enterprise in 2017,” which found that “More than a quarter of enterprises globally have not built, customized or virtualized 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?” It found the digital talent gap is widening, with 54 percent of organizations reporting that “the digital talent gap is hampering their digital transformation programs and that their organization has lost competitive advantage because of a shortage of digital talent.”

It adds that even though the talent gap has been widening, “budgets for training digital talent have remained flat or decreased in more than half (52%) of the organizations, and 50% 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. The report found that more than half of those who get company training say the programs aren’t helpful, or staff isn’t given enough time to attend them. And 45 percent say their companies training programs are “useless and boring.”

However, there’s some good news in the report as well — in fact, very good news, because it shows a way for enterprises to solve the mobile app gap. It found that “Soft digital skills such as customer-centricity and a passion for learning are most in demand by organizations.”

Those kinds of “soft” skills are frequently found in abundance in enterprises, but not necessarily in the IT department. Instead, they’re often found in line of business staff and domain experts, who are passionate about their jobs, close to the needs of customers and always looking to learn.

Why is that good news for enterprises? Because they can be turned into so-called “citizen developers”, who can solve the app gap with low-code app development tools and eliminate the need for hand coding. Low-code app solutions let people with minimal technical training write mobile applications. That way enterprises get the best of both worlds: enterprises get the passion and customer-centric approach of those with soft skills, combined with the ability to quickly write mobile apps using a no-code or low-code approach.

Alpha Anywhere is an ideal low-code app development and deployment product for citizen developers. It makes it simple for anyone to 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 tool features. In fact, many Alpha Anywhere customers have shown that low-code apps can solve the mobile app gap.


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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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