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Many Enterprises Fill Skills Gap with ‘Citizen Developers’


A new global study by IBM shows that 80 percent of leading enterprises are forming new partnerships with "citizen developers," industry professionals who operate outside the scope of enterprise IT. These developers help to close the skills gap for application development to drive greater collaboration and innovation across cloud, analytics, mobile and social technologies, the company says.

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We are also seeing the rise of citizen developers. We recently sponsored a hackfest in London and one of the winners was a conference AV technician that was part of the conference staff. He saw the hackfest and said "I can do that" and built an app while not having any developer or business analyst experience. While that was cool, some of the euphoria around citizen developers at the enterprise level needs to be placed in the proper context. Gartner's definition explains why... "outside the scope of enterprise IT and its governance" is the problem or potential problem. While isolated applications may not be a cause for concern, how many isolated applications really exist or are appropriate in an enterprise setting? I'm not arguing that we apply IT bureaucracy or heavy-handed governance to citizen developer efforts - but I am arguing that enterprises should put a plan in place so that these development efforts don't exacerbate Shadow IT.

You can see some initial thoughts on a rationale approach for citizen developer adoption here:


Mark Troester Progress Software @mtroester

Posted by Mark T | Wednesday, August 27 2014 at 4:07PM ET
I agree @Mark, but we also need to be careful that corporate governance does not stifle innovation. I have seen that happen many times within organisations, where developers who work within the organisation come up with innovative and cheap solutions to difficult problems, but they get ignored because their solution is not aligned to the enterprise architecture. It's a difficult balance to achieve.

A potential solution is for more organisations to develop their own platforms with guidelines, conformance test suites, etc. so that any developer (internal or external to the organisation) can develop and test solutions against the approved architecture. This is the same paradigm as the Apple or Google stores. Governments, in particular, can learn from this.

Posted by Tim H | Thursday, August 28 2014 at 12:10AM ET
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