A citizen developer is an end user who creates new applications, programs, or systems by using development environments provided by the enterprise IT. In general, a citizen developer is not a professional programmer, but a business user who has the technical understanding to solve problems using no-code or low-code platforms.
Citizen developers don’t need intensive training due to the ease of use of no-code platforms.
Application development with citizen developers
Since administrative and reporting programs usually fall under the radar of IT, without citizen developers they may never make it to production. This way, citizen developers and IT professionals can engage in a symbiotic relationship, empowering the entire business.
Citizen developers are granted the tools they need to influence innovation from within, while IT leadership gains access to oversee all of the applications in the organization. With this approach, developers can begin to make changes on a small scale, before implementing them on a bigger level. This gives headspace to the innovation team, allowing it to easily test multiple solutions without interfering with or violating the overall IT landscape.
- In theory, citizen development has a lot of potential as governing and coaching citizen developers results in the possibility to support new professionals with relatively little effort.
- Surveys by Forrester and Gartner indicate that citizen developers are able to create some or all of their applications outside of normal IT management.
- Citizen developers can play an important role in digital transformation by empowering people with little or no IT knowledge to create applications.
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