Are you a citizen developer? (Yes!)
In its glossary, Gartner defines what is a citizen developer:
“A citizen developer is a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT. In the past, end-user application development has typically been limited to single-user or workgroup solutions built with tools like Microsoft Excel and Access. However, today, end users can build departmental, enterprise and even public applications using shared services, fourth-generation language (4GL)-style development platforms and cloud computing services.”
The citizen developer is the end-user with superpowers. She can take matter in her own hands, using the best tools to create and edit her applications the moment she needs them. She doesn’t have to wait for the IT department or an overpriced IT consultant to make things happen in her own business. She can create her applications, projects, searches, reports and dashboards by herself.
The citizen developer revolution is not just a temporary trend. Back in 2011, Gartner stated that:
“Citizen developers will be building at least a quarter of new business applications by 2014, according to Gartner, Inc. In an era of shoestring IT budgets, end users are increasingly looking outside the IT organization for application development (AD) and in many cases are building applications themselves.”
I’m not sure if we actually got to that extend of end-user application development. I think there is still a lot of fears coming from the IT departments who are afraid to have to deal with a huge mess and security issues. There is still a lot of education to be made both for the end-users and the IT department workers before the citizen developer movement truly takes off.
Kohezion cares about the citizen developer: Sanctioned platform and safe environment
Are the IT guys right? Is it risky to let end-users create their own applications? We most definitively don’t think so but, once again, let’s read what Gartner had to say about this matter:
“A citizen developer support program that includes sanctioned platforms, just-enough governance, access to enterprise services, and IT guidance and monitoring can create a safe environment for end-user AD,” said Mr. Finley. “By engaging with end users and helping them help themselves, IT can accelerate the exploitation of new technology and help end users create competitive advantage and build closer links with their business peers, while managing the risks of EUAD.”
When Kohezion was developed, we had the citizen developers in mind. We truly want to empower the disempowered with our application-building platform. We certainly don’t want to create problems and security issues for the IT departments and businesses who are using it. This is why our application builder is a secure and easily monitorable platform. There is no programming involved and you simply can’t get out of its beacons.
Kohezion is simply the best business solution for data management by the end-users. It is a perfect solution for a small department or business. Under ten users, you get it for free! Give it a try today, it’s FREE FOREVER!