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6 In-House Development Examples for 2024

Internal IT teams have never faced greater demand for custom solutions. This is well documented. However, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about the kinds of tools they actually build. Today, we’re putting this right with our roundup of in-house development examples. Of course, every business faces its own unique challenges. As such, we need to be conscious of the underlying issues that feed this ever-growing demand. That way, we can begin to understand not just the kinds of tools that internal devs build, but also the strategies that modern teams can use to output better solutions, for less.

Ronan McQuillan

Oct 8, 2022

Citizen Developer Tools & Software | In-Depth Guide

Citizen developer tools are some of the hottest items on modern IT teams’ procurement lists. Unfortunately, if you asked 100 IT managers what this means, you’d probably get 100 different answers. That is, there’s no single established definition of what citizen development software is. Unlike a CRM tool or an ERP platform, a citizen developer tool isn’t so much defined by what it does in terms of specific features as it is by who uses it.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 20, 2022

Enterprise App Development | In-Depth Guide

Enterprise app development is a huge topic. It’s no secret that large organizations are dealing with unprecedented demand for custom applications. However, it’s hard to generalize when you recognize the sheer scope and variety of the kinds of tools that are needed. Think about it. A custom GUI for your IT team and a mobile app for your customer loyalty scheme don’t have that much in common. Not on the face of it anyway.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 20, 2022

Rapid Application Development | Ultimate Guide

Rapid application development (RAD) is having kind of a resurgence. It’s an idea that’s been around since at least the 1970s, but it’s returned to the fore in recent years. In part, this is because of a shift in the technology that businesses use to build software. But can a 50-year-old way of thinking about software development really offer value to modern businesses? The reality is that the RAD model never really went away.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 20, 2022

Traditional SDLC vs RAD

Building software isn’t like other projects. It never will be. Requirements can change on a dime, so development teams must be ready to adapt. Today we’re looking at one solution, as we compare traditional SDLC vs RAD. The truth is that there’s no single right answer to managing software projects. Indeed, different kinds of applications and teams will necessitate different approaches. So, the question isn’t so much if you should use different approaches, as when you should use them.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 20, 2022

What is Citizen Development? + 5 Tips

Citizen development is a kind of a buzz phrase nowadays. But, why? More to the point, what does this even mean? Is it just the flavor of the month or does it offer a serious prospect for improving your IT operations? These are the questions we’re answering today. As more and more businesses turn to their non-technical employees to plug gaps in their development workflows, it’s no surprise that you might want to see what all the fuss is about.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 20, 2022

Citizen Development Governance | In-Depth Guide

More and more companies are turning to their business users to solve business problems with bespoke apps. However, this creates a whole range of new challenges for your IT team. Today we’re diving deep into citizen development governance. Citizen developers are ordinary, non-technical employees, who have been empowered to create solutions for their teams, rather than waiting for the IT specialists to do it for them. This can offer huge value, but only if your team has the right governance framework to work within.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 19, 2022

Empowering Citizen Developers | Ultimate Guide

IT teams have never been busier. Combine increasing demand for custom solutions with a global shortage of qualified developers, and it’s no wonder that delays, roadblocks, and backlogs occur. One solution is creating an army of citizen developers. And it’s becoming a more and more popular solution too. Despite this, relying on citizen developers isn’t always plain sailing. When done right, this can offer huge financial, cultural, and operational benefits. When done wrong, you’ll encounter unnecessary risks, mistakes, and costs.

Ronan McQuillan

Sep 19, 2022

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