Benefits of an App Development Platform for Citizen Developers
by Michaela Markley | Last Updated: Jun 28, 2020
App development doesn’t have to be hard. With the help from mobile app builders and the empowerment of citizen developers, you could be building your next app today! (Whether you are a developer or not.) App development platforms have carved a way for business units outside of IT to build apps with little to no code required. Besides not needing to wait for the IT department to get to your next app project, there are many benefits to using mobile application software to help build your next app. Let’s take a look at some of the major benefits of using an app builder for your next project. Cost-effectiveUsing an app builder can help cut down development costs drastically. There is no perfect way to estimate how much an app will cost due to the many variables that play key roles in cost estimation. However, building an app from scratch with in-house developers could cost anywhere from hundreds of thousands of dollars to even millions. When you are a small or medium-sized business, that large of budget just may not be in question which is why it makes sense to turn to an app development platform. You can find app builders that will help you build a quality app within a tighter budget than creating an app from scratch. Most of your application architecture, when working with an app builder, is already built out. Your team will just have to go in and use the software’s reusable blocks to build the front-end of the app. As you look into an app builder, make sure you understand what comes with a general subscription and how much add-ons are if you decide you want different functionality added. Shorter Time to MarketWhen you think of all the stages of creating an app from ideation, designing, building, testing, marketing, all the way to launching, and many other steps in between - it can become a time-consuming project. (And that’s if everything goes well!) Oftentimes you may have to go back to the drawing board when building an app from scratch which can add on weeks, months, or even years to your expected launch date. Some of the best app builders on the market can take your idea to launch in a matter of weeks if not days or hours. For example, the leading low code Progressive Web App builder, Lumavate, has seen customers launch complex apps in less than two weeks or shorter. When seeking out an app builder for your next project make sure to understand their time to market for your project. Little to No Coding RequiredWhen looking into the possibility of using an app builder you will most likely come across the headline ‘How To Create an App Without Coding’. This headline points to one of the key characteristics that make app builders so popular for marketers and other business units! You can find a low code or no code app builder that allows you to build your next app based on a friendly user interface with very little if any, coding. If you are lucky, you may find an app builder that enables you to build apps without any code while still providing the flexibility of bringing in your own code. This creates the best of both worlds scenario. When looking into building your next app it’s important to look around at different app builders and understand their features, functionalities, scalability, and other features that are important to your team. Empowering your employees to be citizen developers and be able to build their own apps will allow your team to become more efficient and competitive compared to waiting around for IT to do all the app-building. If you're ready to start building your own app, create a free account with Lumavate here!