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No-Code Development Tools: How Will They Strengthen and Disrupt Enterprise App Development?

“Citizen developers” – business analysts and domain experts who develop mobile apps without the help of IT are disrupting enterprise app development!

No-code development tools that help people without a technical background write mobile apps are changing the game, disrupting the traditional way of doing things, and giving businesses more control over their app development.

Tools like Alpha TransForm have helped businesses roll out mobile apps quickly, cut costs, and ensure apps provide value for the user, but as you might imagine, this doesn’t sit well with everyone (think of all the consultants billing you for hours of developer work).

The Growth of No-Code Development Tools

According to global research and advisory firm Gartner, low-code application development will make up 65% of all app development by 2024, and three out of four enterprises will be using at least four low-code development tools. 

This has implications for businesses of all sizes. Whether you’re a small business looking to take your first steps towards digital transformation, or a large business aiming to improve efficiency and boost the customer experience, no-code development tools promise to make this process quicker, easier, and cheaper. 

Push Back Against No-Code Software Development

According to an article in Forbes by industry analyst Jason Bloomberg, president of Intellyx, there’s plenty of evidence that IT and other market forces are trying to hold back no-code development tools. He writes that some people view the tools as “too disruptive – so disruptive, in fact, that many different constituencies are resisting, each one sticking its thumb in the dike, hoping to hold back the ocean.”

Chief among those trying to hold back no-code software development tools, he says, are consultants, “especially the big system integrators, whose business model depends upon keeping throngs of junior developers busy and billable.” If citizen developers can write apps themselves, there’s no need for high-priced consultants (great for you, not so good for the consultants.)

Some people in IT aren’t happy with the tools either, he adds. He says: “IT departments are also pushing back, often with a vengeance. Not only do the various denizens in IT fear for their jobs, but Low-Code/No-Code also threatens their credibility. After all, IT has been telling business stakeholders for years that the six-month/million dollar plan is the only way to build enterprise software.”

While it’s understandable that these businesses are wary of no-code software development, it does create many job opportunities in other areas. Low code/ no code tools can help create the jobs of the future, strengthening enterprise app development. 

Why Low Code/ No Code Can’t be Held Back

Digital transformation is fueling change in enterprise app development. 

Businesses need to be agile, quickly embracing the digital transformation, and traditional app development can make this difficult. As ITProPortal notes, the slow speed of transformation, limited capacity of IT departments, and increasing skill shortage in software development pose real challenges. 

Bloomberg asserts, that businesses “can be even more successful with their digital transformations if they do away with hand-coding altogether, adopting Low-Code/No-Code across their organizations instead.”

Bloomberg’s portrayal of IT is perhaps a little harsh, though. 

As I’ve written in my blog post, “Why IT Should Embrace Citizen Developers,” many IT departments have embraced RMAD. 

One person who has embraced low-code development tools is Isaac Sacolick, global CIO and managing director at Greenwich Associates. In a Computerworld article, he says, “CIOs should consider deploying a low-code mobile app development platform, creating standard APIs into backend systems for would-be programmers to use, and identifying and establishing agreements with external development partners as needed.”

Despite the pushback from some corners in the industry, it seems like no-code development tools and IT can work harmoniously, and when they do, the results can be impressive.

Conclusion

No-code development tools are going to play a big role in digital transformation. They’re one of the most effective ways to develop enterprise apps, and more and more businesses are recognizing this. 

Citizen developers are disrupting the way we develop enterprise apps, and the best way to embrace this is by downloading our whitepaper, “Democratizing App Development by Empowering Citizen Developers.” 

It has the latest industry data, techniques, and success stories, and will offer you actionable advice on how you can improve your enterprise app development.

If you’re ready to take the next step, then learn more about Alpha TransForm, our highly rated no-code app development platform. Learn more and try it free for 30 days.

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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.

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