Why Citizen Developers Matter

Why Citizen Developers Matter

There are some great articles out there about who citizen developers are and what they do – I recommend reading a few of them if you’re unfamiliar. Instead of reinventing the wheel, we saw an opportunity to share how we work with CDs here at K2, why they matter and what they’ve taught us. But first, a quick definition (courtesy of Gartner):

“A citizen developer is a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT. In the past, end-user application development has typically been limited to single-user or workgroup solutions built with tools like Microsoft Excel and Access. However, today, end users can build departmental, enterprise and even public applications using shared services, fourth-generation language (4GL)-style development platforms and cloud computing services.”

For years, we have been talking to business decision makers outside of the IT LOB – these are the people who are putting together business applications, but need a way to do so without extensive coding knowledge. Besides, developers are backlogged and something needs to get done now. These citizen developers are looking to increase their efficiency and they know what is needed to create applications that make sense to the business.

And they’re not alone. Gartner estimated that citizen developers will build 25% of new business applications in 2014.[1] That aligns with the trends we’ve seen here at K2, and we’re constantly working to create the right tools to satisfy their needs.

What does that mean? It’s tools you can use without writing code. A drag-and-drop design experience that doesn’t require an Information Technology degree to use, and management tools that give IT oversight, governance and peace of mind Overall, K2 provides citizen developers with a clear-cut process that’s easy to understand and use.

That’s exactly why Jessica Wesener at Kimberly-Clark Corporation chose K2 for a cross-platform BPM system. “[W]e use K2 because it offers us a no-code solution with the ability to give to the business the control over their workflow processes that they need and desire," Wesener said.

Want to learn more about why K2 is a great fit for citizen developers? Easy vs. Hard is a fantastic resource that compares K2 smartforms with ASP.NET when building an expense claim form. And check out Forms on Data while you’re at it to see how K2 SmartObjects can tie all your data together in a single interface.