Is it time for you to join the citizen development revolution?
Citizen development is revolutionizing the way people create and deploy their own applications. It involves the use of low-code and no-code solutions like Microsoft's Power Platform to empower users, regardless of their technical ability, to build and deploy applications without the need for extensive coding knowledge or resources. Done correctly, citizen development will open up a world of possibilities for your business.
Citizen development is all about enabling and empowering your team to do more. At its core, citizen development is about providing people with the tools and resources they need to take control of their work. It is about equipping people with the knowledge to become their own app developers, to create the solutions they need and want, and to take charge of their own digital transformation.
Citizen development offers a number of advantages.
- It makes it easier for people to create and deploy customized solutions quickly and efficiently, without the need for extensive technical knowledge or resources.
- It also makes it easier for organizations to quickly build and deploy applications without the need for expensive software development teams.
- It can help reduce the IT burden and cost of software development
- It allows businesses to stay agile and adapt quickly to changing market conditions
As the popularity of citizen development continues to grow, it is important to understand the implications it can have if not done correctly.
Enter Fusion Development
Fusion Development is an approach with the main goal of scaling application development through low-code. Fusion development allows your business to build better applications, faster by bringing together professional developers with citizen, or low-code, developers. It can also mean using low-code capabilities and combine them with code-first components to meet business needs and create Fusion applications.
Fusion development with Power Platform is about combining the worlds of the citizen developer, the professional developer, and the other stakeholders instrumental in building and using applications to further the objectives of the business. A citizen developer can express the business need quickly by building an app, and work with a professional developer to "fill in the gaps." Users can provide feedback on missing functionality and any changes required. The IT Department provides support and oversight. The whole process is highly iterative, perhaps more so than many other agile processes, with the velocity of possibly several iterations a day.
Power Platform for Citizen Development
Power Platform is the environment that facilitates citizen development. It is a set of tools from Microsoft that includes Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power BI. These tools enable citizen developers to create, automate, and analyze business processes with minimal code. This allows for quick, low-cost application development that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of a business.
The benefits Power Platform provides to organizations are many. It reduces the time and cost associated with application development, and it enables employees to create applications without needing to know how to code. This enables faster development cycles and more innovation, as well as foster collaboration between departments. Power Platform also provides a secure and compliant environment for application development.
Citizen development can be a powerful addition to any business, provided the proper measures are in place to prevent the loss of your critical data. By leveraging fusion development with good governance, your team will be empowered to rapidly build solutions on Power Platform, and deliver them effectively.
By enabling your team to become citizen developers, you can unlock the potential of their data and take advantage of the full capabilities of the Power Platform.