As more organisations begin the transition from existing office environments – traditionally laden with time consuming, paper-based processes – and towards complete digital transformation, there is an increased focus on how smartphones encourage innovation, agility and productivity among teams. As a result, there is a rapidly growing trend that sees citizen led mobile app development becoming popular among teams across the globe.

What is citizen led mobile app development?

The rising trend in Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives and enterprise mobility strategies has facilitated a transformation in how employees carry out work. Once tied to their desks, reliant entirely on outdated legacy systems, employees are now looking towards smartphones and their subsequent apps to carry out their work more flexibly.

Employee demands for mobile apps is growing at an exponential rate. In fact, Gartner predicts that the demand for mobile app development will grow five times faster than a software development or IT department’s capacity to deliver it. This trend is set to continue through to 2021, which is why the trend for citizen mobile app development is something organisations can no longer ignore.

Empowering staff to become arbiters of innovation, by supporting the reduction in dependence on outdated, inflexible and expensive legacy solutions – without the need for any involvement from technical or software development teams – results in faster deployment times, a lower cost of app(s) delivery and facilitates an environment of improved innovation. After all, who better to tell you what your team need from mobile apps, than the people responsible for both building and using them?

Citizen led mobile app development – in a Nutshell

At Nutshell, enabling citizen developers is at the heart of what we do. However, unlike other Software as a Service providers we don’t offer a ‘low’ code approach to citizen development, as we have found it restrictive to a true citizen led mobile app development. Instead, we offer an entirely zero code service, which allows employees to collaborate and communicate in a much more streamlined way; opening the door to innovation and leading to new ways of accomplishing operational goals.

The path to innovation starts with business – and employees are at the heart of this, making them the ideal facilitators of change within an organisation. By offering a zero code, drag and drop app building platform, Nutshell enables users to achieve digital transformation far quicker and more productively than a platform that requires even a small amount of coding knowledge.

Nutshell Apps removes the coding element to citizen led mobile app development, to make the road to innovation smoother; putting the control of mobile app development directly into the hands of the end user, resulting in a more productive and more efficient process for everyone involved.

We understand that when employees are empowered to innovate via mobile applications, that their actions can be genuinely transformational. With no training or experience in coding, users can maximise the mobile app development process, remove the constraints often associated with the traditional app development process and become an entirely new breed of worker: a non-coder, responsible for facilitating positive change via streamlined mobile applications that fuel the future of work.

If you’re a budding citizen developer, or an organisation looking to champion citizen led mobile app development, get in touch today!