Codeless enterprise app platforms: A further democratisation of mobility

Codeless enterprise app platforms: A further democratisation of mobility

It’s the age old problem; employees want applications to improve their productivity, but IT, concerned with keeping the lights on, is unable to acquiesce to their requests. A new report from Smith’s Point Analytics argues the benefits of codeless mobile app platforms.

The report, sponsored by Globo, Altova and Umajin, assesses three ways in which organisations can benefit from codeless platforms; templates in a visual editor, componentised drag and drop editors as a plug-in, and drag and drop WYSIWYG visual editors. With the latter, while there is more flexibility in creating the user interface, more work is required, with understanding of software development potentially needed.

The other highlights of codeless mobile app platforms, according to the paper, are fairly straightforward; reducing time required to create apps, de-centralising app development, and eliminating the reliance on expensive, skilled programmers by giving non-developers the tools to create apps.

Yad Jaura is European marketing director at Globo. When asked by Enterprise AppsTech about an apparent disconnect between line of business and IT, he explains how the change has been happening, both formally and informally, to create a two-track IT organisation – a concept affirmed by both Forrester and Red Hat. Jaura explains: “IT needs to evolve into that split to really understand what the business needs, and be able to service that need.

“I think there are parallels to when PCs came on the scene 30 years ago,” he adds. “For the first time it gave departmental managers and people in offices a little bit of autonomy from the IT department, and allowed them to create their own spreadsheets and other models that didn’t mean they had to use that green screen terminal connected to the mainframe. I think we’re seeing the same thing now a little bit with mobile, and the ability to create mobile applications.”

Jaura describes it as a “democratisation of mobility” – many more people can utilise the technology, but mobile still has specific challenges. “[This] is where the application development challenge comes in, and where the codeless piece comes in,” he says. “Unlike the desktop world, where Windows is still the dominant standard, there isn’t a single dominant standard in the mobile world, and so the first question that often gets asked is ‘which platform am I going to build my apps for?’

“That’s where codeless platforms like ours and others mentioned in the report really come into their own, because what they allow you to do is build one single version of an application and roll it out to all of those platforms, instead of having to build three or four different applications, keep them in sync, maintain them all, then roll out to those platforms independently.”

The report concludes: “Codeless mobile app development platforms are a valuable tool for any organisation initiating or expanding their enterprise mobility strategy.”

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