A newly released report from Kintone found that no-code solutions and citizen developers are becoming more prevalent in the software development industry, with 76 percent of respondents reporting that at least a portion of their apps are developed outside of IT. Twenty percent of executives also reported a majority of their apps are completely developed outside of IT.

Not only are more citizen developers building applications, but according to 34 percent respondents, citizen developers get their apps out of the door faster than large IT departments.

“The tremendous increase in the features, sophistication and agility of no-code and low-code development application platforms, combined with the significant advances in ease of use, integration and deployment by non-coders, has empowered citizen developers like never before,” said Dave Landa, CEO of Kintone.

The report, The Rise of the Citizen Developer: 2017 Low-Code Adoption Survey, was conducted with Unisphere Research and based on 324 qualified responses.

In addition to the rise of citizen developers, the report found that organizations are trying to do more to support citizen development. At least 84 percent of respondents revealed they want to see their organizations do more to encourage and support citizen developers, 32 percent actively encourage non-IT employees to develop programming or app development skills, and 46 percent want to ramp up training and education.

“Empowered citizen developers can go to work on organizations’ long backlog of custom application needs while constantly upgrading systems and solutions to keep organizations advancing at the speed of business, building for scale, and innovating rapidly,” Landa said. “They can help IT departments resolve long custom application request backlogs and keep a business’s systems and processes up to date and being managed at optimal efficiency.”

The report also took a look at citizen developer policies and the low-code development process. One in four respondents revealed they had no policy while another 42 percent found non-IT app development is actively encouraged. Sixteen percent reported having policies that say non-IT app development is not prohibited.

Additionally, the report found the biggest barriers to low-code adoption include data security concerns and insufficient governance.

“As the findings of the report and the rapidly growing low-code industry shows, the no-code / low-code revolution is fully upon us and only picking up speed,” said Landa.

About Christina Cardoza

Christina Cardoza, formerly known as Christina Mulligan, is the Online & Social Media Editor of SD Times. She covers agile, DevOps, AI, machine learning, mixed reality and software security. Follow her on Twitter at @chriscatdoza!