Software development today is changing as emerging low-code and no-code (LCNC) platforms are redefining the process. Their intuitive, visual interfaces empower “Citizen Developers”—those with minimal to no coding skills—to build sophisticated web and mobile applications. If citizen developers are empowered and can develop solutions faster than the organization’s IT department, then the business will see benefits. These benefits include having applications developed for them rather than having to wait for an IT department to create them.
Pursuit Software has embraced the power of low and no-code platforms to make digital transformation possible for any business. By leveraging the power of these platforms, we can make digital transformation happen. We proved that ordinary citizens can become IT developers with just a few weeks of training.
Of course, if you want to leverage a low-code platform, this involves a shift in how we typically think of compliance and governance. There are always challenges when introducing new technology, and we’re learning from them as we go. So, here are some of those learnings:
- Set Your Guiding Principles: Guiding Principles are crucial for applications. Without these features, applications are vulnerable to data loss, security breaches, and non-compliance with regulations. This is necessary for all applications, from low and no-code platforms to those that are more complex. Some of the most common guiding principles are design, data integrity, security, and regulatory compliance.
- Application Simplicity: We should make the experience of using this technology as simple as possible.
- Open about the pitfalls and benefits: We should share examples of good work with other people and demonstrate the value that can be gained from using technology like this. Being open about the pitfalls and benefits will help increase usage over time.
- Scalability matters: As more organizations rely on technology to help them leverage citizen developers, they need a way to control licensing and scale their usage. Scale is important to harness. You need to harness all this citizen development goodness with licensing in mind.