It’s no surprise that in today’s mobile and cloud era, consumer devices and application experiences are shaping how organizations drive digital transformation. Employee’s expectations are being driven from their consumer experiences and as a result are creating new and challenging demands for apps that enable more simplified and modern business processes in support of the digital workplace.

What is a surprise, is most IT organizations struggle to meet this demand due to lack of resources or skilled mobile developers and as a result are facing a sizable app backlog. To mitigate this app gap, many business and IT teams are turning to high-productivity development approaches like Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD). This solution enables non-programmers or citizen developers to automate and abstract app development, using little to no code, resulting in a more cost-effective and faster time to market.

In Gartner’s recently released 2017 Market Guide for Rapid Mobile App Development Tools, Research Director Jason Wong explains that RMAD is a key driver to democratizing app development and creating a successful partnership between business and IT leaders.

According to Gartner, “rapid mobile app development is about meeting the demands of the digital workplace for modern mobile app experiences. Application leaders need to select RMAD tools that support specific business use cases and to build apps quickly and cost-effectively using no- or low-code approaches.”

Evaluating RMAD Solutions

With Gartner predicting that by 2022, citizen developers will be building more than one-third of web and mobile employee-facing apps its important to understand what criteria and capabilities enterprise buyers should consider when evaluating high productivity, rapid mobile app solutions. While there are a lot of options out there, few offer all features needed to create a truly modern workforce.

Gartner: RMAD Product Capabilities Criteria

Gartner: RMAD Product Capabilities Criteria

Gartner: RMAD App Functionality Support Criteria

Gartner: RMAD App Functionality Support Criteria

Furthermore, Gartner recommends that “application development leaders should evaluate and implement RMAD tools to scale and accelerate mobile app delivery, especially by citizen developers, where lines of business can quickly develop their own custom mobile apps in a way that is consistent with IT governance and standards.”

So when it comes times to evaluate your options, make sure your choice fits in line with your digital transformation strategy and allows you to truly customize mobile apps for your business’ needs. Don’t settle for a solution that only meets some of your criteria.

What Separates PowWow

As we’ve discussed before, RMAD solutions at their core, aim to replace traditional coding with drag-and-drop no-code and low-code platforms, allowing business analysts to construct mobile apps without the assistance of IT. But, not all RMAD tools are created equally and as a result has led to a cluttered landscape leaving organizations unsure of where to begin. Or worse, having to maintain multiple point solutions that can’t deliver or support their environment.

As this Gartner report solidifies, PowWow Mobile’s SmartUX Platform is the fastest and easiest solution to deliver modern omni-channel apps with unmatched speed and security; trusted by Fortune 500 companies to design, build, run and scale their mobile app portfolios through modernizing and simplifying business systems and processes.

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