App Maker Movement

Low-code and no-code platforms make building next-gen business applications a high-productive, DIY matter, bringing digital power to the people

Bring Your Own Device? So last year. How about bringing your own applications? Just like the Maker Movement has inspired individuals to create their own 3D objects and robots, it is now easier than ever to construct your own applications – and not necessarily by learning how to code. It is done by using powerful, visual DIY tools that leverage API catalogs and prebuilt template galleries to the fullest extent. It gets even better when you collaborate with peers. Sometimes, it’s really just a matter of gluing together a few web services. And AI support is on its way to making things even simpler, more effective, and automated. The time is ripe for app democracy. Make your move.

 

WHAT

  • Powerful low-code and no-code platforms are available for DIY, “citizen” application development, although IT people may be equally enthusiastic about their productivity and ease-of-use.
  • These platforms depend on the availability of robust, enterprise-scale API and web service catalogs (both internal and external), open data sets, and tested and proven template galleries.
  • Sharing of best practices and collaboratively building on each other’s solutions is a crucial success driver, as also evidenced by the “Maker Culture.”
  • AI will quickly assist in creating even more powerful DIY applications without any need for coding.

USE

  • An online optical products retailer chose to custom-build its entire stack of core applications rapidly with its senior managers on the low-code Mendix platform, rather than implementing a more expensive, less flexible ERP system.
  • The Dutch city of Zaanstad used the Betty Blocks no-code platform to build a prototype in days that rapidly convinced 13 surrounding municipalities of an innovative concept around youth care services, enabling them to use the same platform to easily adapt to their own, local needs.
  • Individuals from all over the world routinely create and exchange “applets” on IFTTT.com, based on thousands of web services that give access to the world’s most popular applications and data collections.

IMPACT

  • Increased application development productivity, on both the business and IT sides.
  • A much better alignment between the IT and business sides through personally involved and committed “citizen” application developers, and the open, digital platforms that IT supplies to help these citizens along
  • More innovative and higher-quality business-facing applications
  • Enterprise robustness combined with agile solutions.

TECH

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