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Building Apps Without Code: 7 Options For Your Enterprise

Application building no longer means learning to code. Here are seven products and services that can help you develop apps without developing programming skills.
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Whether you call it shadow IT, the democratization of IT, or business units taking responsibility for their own applications, there's no question that employees who aren't on the IT payroll are developing applications for the enterprise.

While business unit employees come to the development table with plenty of user and business process experience, they tend to not have skills in traditional programming languages or application development disciplines. For the IT professional, the question isn't whether this "out of IT" development is going to happen — that train has left the station. Rather, it's how to work with these business unit application developers to make sure the apps they build are functional, secure, and unlikely to bring down the rest of the enterprise IT infrastructure.

These aren't small considerations. When you go to industry gatherings, it's easy to find groups of executives talking about the way that "rogue" applications have opened vulnerabilities in enterprise databases or blown up the capacity planning models for mainframe hardware and software spending. All of that is quite true, and yet quite easily managed if IT acts to get ahead of the curve.

[ Shadow IT got you down? Read Shadow IT: 8 Ways To Cope. ]

One way to get ahead of the development curve is to play an active role in choosing the tools business units use when they're building their own applications. With a hand in tool selection, you can make sure that the applications built conform to company standards of functionality and security. Fortunately for IT managers, there are plenty of options available for building very solid apps. Unfortunately, there are A LOT of options available for building apps. Cutting through the clutter can be a major undertaking.

That's why we've done some of that clutter-cutting for you. We can't make the decision for you, but we can narrow the field a bit. We came up with seven candidates for packages or services that will let a department or workgroup build an application without having to build a talent pool filled with programmers.

Do understand that these aren't the only possible tools that are out there. With time (and no consideration for your willingness to click to new pages) we could easily have made this an article on "The 78 no-code application tools you need to consider." But we like you more than that. So we've narrowed it to seven, secure in the knowledge that we'll be hearing from representatives of the other 71 in the next week or so.

We are curious: Are you using any of these tools in your organization? Or are you using ones that we didn't include? Either way, we'd like to hear from you with your experience of how this class of tool can work in the enterprise. It's clear that application development no longer means learning to write code. The question now is how good the applications (and their work within the IT infrastructure) are going to be. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Curtis Franklin Jr. is Senior Editor at Dark Reading. In this role he focuses on product and technology coverage for the publication. In addition he works on audio and video programming for Dark Reading and contributes to activities at Interop ITX, Black Hat, INsecurity, and ... View Full Bio

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Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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9/23/2015 | 5:03:09 AM
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"I try to avoid Corporate Board rooms as much as possible... plus I stay far & away from office politics..."

Batye, I won't think that itself can make you tension free... you have to add up something else over it to make comfortable.
batye
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batye,
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9/23/2015 | 10:27:32 AM
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yes, but it life... how I see it ...
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9/25/2015 | 4:48:11 PM
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Valuable discussion for me as well, thank you. Certainly agree that there must be alignment between IT and the business when applications reach a critical point that requires more governance and security. All depends on the type and size of the orgnization how much, when (from the get go, once reaches stage X, etc.)

The platform you're using must address both sides of the house, not just IT or in the shadows, but an iterative relationship between the two.

I follow this subject and write about it on The Fast Track if you would like to connect on Twitter
Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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9/29/2015 | 2:52:57 AM
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"Valuable discussion for me as well, thank you. Certainly agree that there must be alignment between IT and the business when applications reach a critical point that requires more governance and security. All depends on the type and size of the orgnization how much, when (from the get go, once reaches stage X, etc.)"

Alex, welcome and thanks for the post. Both are complimenting each other; without IT, there is NO business and without business NO IT too.
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Ashu001,
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10/5/2015 | 11:47:35 AM
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Gigi

Ultimately this is very much a personal decision.

At what point do we decide to jump ship is entirely upto us and our way of looking at Life and Corporate Realities today.

Some people are more hungrier/ambitious than others ;Some folks want other things in life.

I don't think  either one is right or wrong here.

Its just a question of differing viewpoints.

 
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Gigi3,
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10/8/2015 | 2:10:43 AM
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"At what point do we decide to jump ship is entirely upto us and our way of looking at Life and Corporate Realities today. Some people are more hungrier/ambitious than others ;Some folks want other things in life. I don't think  either one is right or wrong here. Its just a question of differing viewpoints."

Asish, everyone is ambitious in their life at certain point. Someone may be in initial stage of the career or on later stage for some "C" posts. The key factor is only your ambition can drive you to the expected level; nothing comes automatically.
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Ashu001,
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10/24/2015 | 11:36:12 AM
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Gigi,

Very well put!

I could'nt agree with those statements even if I wanted to today.

Yes its true.

I meet a lot of blokes who show very little or non-existent ambition through most of their career and then suddenly wake up and decide to "Achieve something".

LOL!

Those kind of people are the most interesting(IMHO).Its usually phenomenal to watch how much they achieve in so little time and with minimal effort.

LOL!!!

 
Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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11/2/2015 | 6:23:13 AM
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"Yes its true. I meet a lot of blokes who show very little or non-existent ambition through most of their career and then suddenly wake up and decide to "Achieve something". LOL!

Those kind of people are the most interesting (IMHO).Its usually phenomenal to watch how much they achieve in so little time and with minimal effort. LOL!!!"

Asish, some peoples are aggressive at certain points and some are like wait and act steadily. Those who are aggressive may not able to keep it throughout their career or pursue it further after a certain point. But those who are stable can win the situation because they are neither aggressive nor slow. When chances come they will make use of them. Others or lazy peoples call such instances as "Luck".
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batye,
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11/2/2015 | 8:12:53 PM
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@Gigi3, interesting observation - it like middle life crisis with soft impact of feeling sorry... in IT everything hard work - nothing is easy....
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batye,
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11/2/2015 | 8:16:47 PM
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@Ashu001 yes, could not agree more.. good point... right on the money :)
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