New Trend: Citizen Developers

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One of the latest trends we are seeing in the technology industry is citizen developers. Citizen developers are users who create new business applications by others to use and benefit from, using corporate IT-sanctioned runtime environments and developments.

This emerging trend means that end users are able to develop a host of enterprise application by using model-driven platforms and cloud computing services, such as This is beneficial because users are able to avoid learning programming languages, using platforms that leverage away from code, making building and development of the possible for a larger number of people.

While these model-driven platforms are mostly visually based workflows, it is still necessary to have an understanding of the principles behind application design and development in order to be a successful citizen developer.

Why Citizen Developers Are The Next Big Thing

Citizen developers are enhancing the world of IT, and there are a few reasons why this trend seems to be so up and coming in technology news.

  •    No and Low Code Solutions are Easier and Cheaper to Maintain – it is no secret that custom developed applications can be quite costly, and ongoing support is often grossly underfunded, with the development team moving on to develop new applications, leaving the old ones to lack updates and support. Also, new applications are introduced to the market at a faster rate than older ones are retired, which can present a problem. The advantage of citizen-developed apps is that they are mostly low or zero code configuration, and are oftentimes deployed on SaaS or PaaS platforms. Because of this, these applications should require less maintenance and are easily enhanced if deemed business-critical.
  •    New Applications are Developed and Deployed More Quickly – Because citizen developers are using a more simplified approach to app development they are able to get more applications created in a smaller window of time, improving our business tools greatly, as the main focus of citizen developers is to create internal applications that allow people to work better, smarter, and faster. With up to 80% of code eliminated by using drag and drop development options the need for in-depth development skills is negated.
  •    A More Efficient Use Of Existing Resources – When internal IT staff adopt a citizen developer role they are able to use the organization’s existing resources to create very business-specific applications that improve operations. When processes are streamlined, it is easier to keep up on the workload, and IT staff can then focus their attention on more important tasks and bigger projects. Head to for more details. It is also considerably more cost-effective than paying an outside developer to develop your applications, putting less of a strain on financial resources.

In a nutshell, citizen developers appear to be such an emerging trend because of the need for business users to have a better, more efficient way to build applications. Advances in technology have provided this opportunity, and citizen developers are taking it and running with.

Optimize Startup Performance For More Efficiency

Funding And Cloud Optimization

Obviously one of the best ways to increase your startup’s performance is going to involve using funding solutions from crowdfunding sources and other similarly-aligned options. But you can’t predict what kind of funding is going to come in from such options.

So you can’t depend on it. While crowdfunding is a great way to help ensure your startup can go where it is designed to go, it’s not 100% reliable. More reliable options involve streamlining existing operations so that they can be handled with the littlest loss of expense.

Another way to optimize operations is through time sheets. If there’s one thing that holds true for almost all businesses, it’s the fact that they need a way to track how much time their employees are spending on work. Traditionally, Excel spreadsheets have been the go-to option that many businesses prefer for time tracking.

If you’ve ever used Excel, you know that it can be convenient, and it can also be ridiculously complicated for no discernable reason. Solutions which outsource the complication through cloud-based application innovation save time and money while expanding mobility. Time can be tracked accurately remotely, and without the same hassle traditionally associated with Microsoft Excel.

Advantages Of Modern Tech

Such solutions reduce operational expense. Instead of having to hire someone to keep track of payroll, or spending hours doing it yourself, with a few clicks of the mouse, the job is done.

You’re likely not going to have resources for the necessary employee support your startup needs. You’re going to have to do a lot of the “busy work” yourself, until you build up requisite momentum. Using things like cloud-based applications to optimize your business will save time, money, and keep emotional strain from guiding you into poor decisions.

Application Monitoring

Something else that’s considerable in the modern business environment is the creation and monitoring of applications which have been put together for your business. These applications could be designed for sales, for information, or just for client convenience—a real estate agency with a mortgage calculator and a property finder app on its website can be quite valuable to your target market.

But if you’ve got such an application, you will have to deal with errors. Error-monitoring features come built-in to certain logging frameworks.

When you can continuously monitor your applications, the moment an error crops up it can be rectified. Older methods of monitoring require physical observation. That takes time, and won’t be as effective—sometimes errors can persist for a long time without being detected. Automatic detection solutions catch them regardless.

A lot of the technology covered in this writing so far is facilitated via cloud computing solutions and using such cloud innovations to your advantage. This is a great way to gain competitive edge as a startup. You’re going to have the ability to compete with larger businesses with the cloud. It can provide you the same or similar utility an on-site server can for a fraction of the cost.

Everything Together

Cloud computing can allow you to use Big Data to identify and apply trends as they develop and transform. Additionally, cloud computing can help you to institute and utilize IoT (Internet of Things) solutions which help you see where costs can be curtailed and services optimized.

Have you heard of edge computing? This is like a personal cloud for your business that uses IoT devices instead of servers. Substitute IoT devices for servers, and you understand edge computing. This kind of data transferal and processing is going to increase in size and applicability with time—getting in with such cutting-edge trends now is a wise move for your startup.

Lastly, you do not want to bite off more than you can chew. You want a contingency plan, you want to take steps that are going to make you money, and you do not want to get involved keeping up with the “Joneses” of other operations similar to your own.

Focus on optimizing what you have as best you can, and you’ll likely see profitable results over time. The best thing you can do as a startup is to provide good products and services cost-effectively, and in an organizationally optimized, cutting-edge way.