Self-build apps - A new approach to app development in the cloud

Grazed from CCI. Author: Andrew Murphy.

Cloud has brought both benefits and downsides. Yes, it can reduce capital expenditure and make it easier and faster to update software, without taking months of internal work on hardware and software. On the other hand, many organisations are concerned about the loss of control and visibility over what is happening to their data and systems in the cloud.

Plus, dare I say that we have gone backwards: the ability to buy off-the-shelf cloud applications has its advantages, but it does tend to give users a pre-set choice of options, rather than technology that is created to fit their precise needs. However, cloud has also been the catalyst for totally new way of creating apps and one which removes the limitations of the ‘one size fits all’ approach: the growth of the low-code/no-code movement...

Completely cloud-based, it gives users access to a simple means by which to create apps, without needing extensive experience in writing code. Forrester Research estimates that apps can be developed ten times faster using this method. Anecdotally, we are hearing tales of companies building apps in as little as a day, as opposed to weeks...

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