30% of the worldwide market
of shipping containers is controlled by Smalltalk systems.

Stéphane Ducasse, Director of Research INRIA Lille

Citizen Development

End-users look to build their own applications

With budgets dwindling and time being a precious commodity, end-users are forced to be creative in their ways of finding new business applications that get the job done while still being affordable; thus the idea to build the applications they need themselves. The idea of end-users building their own applications has actually been around for quite some time. Commonly referred to as End-User Application Development, EUAD used to be considered as something that was limited to individual users or group. However, today the end-user base is much broader, resulting in a positive feeling of creativity and empowerment for end-users. According to Gartner Analysts, a support program for Citizen Developers is something that definitely needs to be developed.

View Gartner’s press release on the subject.

One Example—Nationwide

Insurance giant, Nationwide, has gone beyond just thinking about Citizen Development; they have a “citizen developer” team that consists of five people who’s job is to write productivity apps. Since IT doesn’t necessary need to be involved in all jobs, the citizen developer team can save the company significant time and money. According to Nationwide VP of internal sales and service for Nationwide Financial, Bob Cline, the concept will meet 80% of everyone’s needs, making it a very successful endeavor.

View the article “Nationwide Taps ‘Citizen Developers’ for Faster Apps”.

Are you ready?

Are you comfortable with the risks inherent in using applications developed by end-users? Many companies turn to them out of necessity because of scarce resources, shoestring budgets or time constraints. However, most companies really would like a little more control over the process. What if you could:
  • Reduce the Risks by providing guidelines and a company-sanctioned framework that citizen developers would clamor to use?
  • Increase your capability to produce new apps using the staff you already have – without going through IT?
  • Reap the benefits of quickly-produced applications that are exactly what you need?
You can! Cincom Smalltalk is a cross-platform development and deployment technology that helps citizen developers build applications quickly and efficiently – from highly scalable web and web 2.0 apps to classic client/server systems. Smalltalk provides the safe, sanctioned environment that companies want – along with a powerful, easy-to-use platform that developers are passionate about. TRY IT FREE TODAY! Additional information is available in the Gartner report “Citizen Developers Are Poised to Grow, 2011.” The report is available on Gartner’s website at http://www.gartner.com/resId=1726747