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 taxi, recruitment, shopping and even dating industries – are now being dominated by an ever-increasing number of smartphone apps, and the more companies that begin to embrace digitisation, the sooner its benefits begin to transform the state of work, 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 areas of working environments have been digitised, there are also 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 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 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 – and that this will rise through to 2021 – means that the development process will become excessively long, resulting in huge backlogs, slowing productivity and hampering digital transformation.

Another challenge of 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, however, generally comes with its own challenges, which is why there is a rising enterprise trend in enabling citizen developers, allowing them to take advantage of low and no code options to ease both the skills and resource gap, as well as budget constraints.

Digital transformation and no code mobile app development

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

For digital transformation to be a success, we believe that everyone in an organisation needs to be given the opportunity to digitise. The more companies that embrace this, the more productive they 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 into the hands of the people who use enterprise mobile apps – the end user.