Once nothing more than a buzzword, touted by software companies the world over, has now become the most critical issue facing organisations today. Digital transformation is now no longer a ‘nice to have’ and common excuses given to postpone or prohibit digital transformation are becoming increasingly invalid. Digital transformation is now a ‘must have’ and smartphone apps lie at the heart of its success.

Digital transformation and the state of work

Entire industries – including the car summoning, shopping and even dating industries – are now being dominated by smartphone apps. As more companies begin to embrace this type of digitisation, the sooner the benefits of digital transformation begin to affect the state of work, as well as the productivity and efficiency of personnel.

The booming mobile sector has resulted in most of us now living in a world dominated by the speed and efficiency of smartphones. However, this has not yet fully permeated the average workplace.

While certain working environments and functions have already been digitised, there still swathes of areas still saddled with legacy system issues. As such, many areas of industry are struggling to keep up with the pace of digital transformation needed to meet growing workplace demands.

Enabling work from any location reduces the time taken to carry out tasks, improves collaboration and allows companies to see the benefits of digital transformation incredibly quickly. Harnessing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiatives and using smartphone apps to encourage and enhance employee engagement has led to the smartphone becoming an almost definitive symbol of digital transformation and a staple of positive change.

The challenges of digital transformation

Oftentimes, the reasons given to not digitally transform processes includes, conflicting internal priorities within an IT department or software development team. Building and delivering business to employee apps can be an incredibly long and drawn out process, with apps being out of date as soon as they’ve been deployed to separate operating systems.

Oftentimes, the reasons given to not digitally transform processes includes conflicting internal priorities of an IT department or software development team. Building and delivering business to employee apps methods can be an incredibly long and drawn out process, with apps being out of date as soon as they’ve been deployed to separate operating systems.

As Gartner predicts that the demand for mobile app development will grow faster than an IT department’s capacity to deliver it – which will continue to rise through to 2021 – means that the development process will become excessively drawn out, resulting in huge backlogs, that slow productivity and hamper digital transformation.

Another barrier to digital transformation lies in personnel challenges, resource and skills gaps. This results in organisations looking to third party software development partners and focusing attentions on the right technical approach to mobile app development.

Traditional app development also raises challenges to digital transformation, which is why there is a rising enterprise trend in enabling citizen-led developers, allowing them to take advantage of low and no code app development platforms, to ease both the skills and resource gap, as well as budget constraints of organisations.

Digital transformation and no code mobile app development

While low code app development is certainly an option for organisations to consider, it still requires an element of technical knowledge for it to be successful – which we believe goes against the true potential, and indeed, value of citizen-led mobile app development.

For digital transformation to be truly successful, we believe that everyone within any given organisations needs to be given the opportunity to digitise. The more companies that embrace the need to utilise digital alternative to paper-based processes and more dynamic, usable and flexible hardware than legacy systems, the more productive employees and companies will become.

At Nutshell, we champion citizen-led mobile app development and have created a no code, drag and drop app building platform that puts the power of digital transformation directly into the hands of the people who will use enterprise mobile apps: the end user.

At Nutshell, we champion citizen led mobile app development and have created a no code, drag and drop app building platform that puts the power of digital transformation into the hands of the people who use enterprise mobile apps – the end user.