Kintone Releases New Research on the Adoption of Low-Code Application Development Platforms and the Growing Importance of Citizen Developers

“This new research confirms what we’ve heard from our customers: business developers are empowered to create the applications they need to be successful more quickly using low-code platforms,” said Dave Landa, CEO, Kintone.

Kintone, provider of a low-code application development platform and toolkit to quickly connect, organize, manage workflows, and visualize data, today announced the results from a new report on low-code application platforms, “The Rise of the Citizen Developer: 2017 Low-Code Adoption Survey.” Partnering with Unisphere Research, business and IT leaders from organizations of all sizes and across many industries, including the public sector, technology, banking/finance, healthcare, and more, were surveyed on their use of low-code platforms, citizen developers, policies that govern usage and the obstacles to widely deploying the platforms.

The research report, based on 324 qualified responses, provides deep insight into the low-code approach to Agile application development. Some of the most surprising results include:


  • One in five executives said the majority of their applications (more than 50 percent) were developed outside of their IT departments while 76 percent claimed a portion of applications are developed outside of their IT department.
  • Citizen developers get their applications out the door faster than large IT departments, usually in a matter of weeks to a couple of months, according to 34 percent of respondents.
  • At least 32 percent of respondents’ organizations actively encourage non-IT employees to develop programming or app development skills and provide training and tools.
  • At least 84 percent of respondents want to see their organizations do more to encourage and support their citizen…

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