In 2009, Apple ran a series of commercials that put the phrase “There’s an app for that” in the minds of millions of Americans. Almost a decade later, there are even more apps that do even more specific tasks. But while there are apps that can tell you in a pirate’s voice where you parked or prevent you from drunk-dialing an ex, many need apps that are so specific and customized that they have to develop them. This is particularly true with departments or teams operating inside of a business or organization.
As the demand for mobile apps escalates and tech users become increasingly tech-savvy, developers are seeing a dramatic shift in the role of IT from being “prescriptive” to “predictive” in nature. While traditional IT departments may tend to demonize citizen development, it can actually be a path to greater success for an organization by empowering others outside of IT to build apps that inspire a culture of problem-solving across the entire organization.
What business in the past 20 years hasn’t used Excel? In fact, CIO reports that Microsoft Office (which includes Excel) can be found on some 450 million desktops today. From timesheets to invoices to inventory lists, Excel has been a cornerstone in modern commerce. Excel even permeates our personal lives to organize budgets, track Christmas present lists, and to ensure that we don’t forget a single item when we pack for vacation. Excel spreadsheets are also being used to help non-developers make their own customized business apps. However, there are some things to consider when making your own Excel spreadsheet app; follow these three tips to avoid some of the most common mistakes.
2017 is poised to be the year of the "no-code" citizen developer. This is not just some cottage industry or niche movement. While we are still at the early stages, "no-code" is a global transition that will transform the landscape of computing. For the very first time in the four decades of popular computing, the huge gap between creators and consumers of software will shrink and in fact potentially disappear. At AppSheet we're at the forefront of this change.
Something incredibly transformational is emerging: the advent of the “citizen developer.” You may or may not have heard the term. Our newest white paper, Empowering Citizen Developers: A Guide, walks you through everything you need to know and how to empower these employees to create powerful apps that benefit the whole organization. Here, we'll give you a snapshot of the steps you should take.