IT must lose its ‘gatekeeper’ role to properly support citizen development.

As the low-code/no-code movement continues to explode, skeptics look askance at the trend and wonder if we’ve been down this road before.

IT must lose its ‘gatekeeper’ role to properly support citizen development.

IT must lose its ‘gatekeeper’ role to properly support citizen development.

After all, we’ve seen plenty of ‘user productivity’ tools over the years that provided value in their day, but also led to the challenges of Shadow IT: the proverbial app running under someone’s desk – unmanaged, ungoverned, and of questionable quality.

Today, the rise of Low-Code/No-Code platforms has transformed such tools, putting increasing power and flexibility into a new cadre of ‘citizen developers.’

The million-dollar question: have we turned a page in end-user productivity, or is this whole story just shadow IT all over again?

The Rise of the Empowered Citizen Developer

According to the recent survey, The Rise of the Citizen Developer, by Unisphere Research and Kintone, most organizations report that citizen developers create some or all of their applications outside of the IT organization.

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Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, Kintone and Outsystems are Intellyx customers. None of the other organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. Image credit: tracey r.

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