What is a Citizen Developer?

No-code development is a revolution not only in technological terms, but also in human terms. Created by people to solve our problems, no-code extends beyond being simply a way of working, but also establishes a new place in companies or outside of them: the Citizen Developer. In this article you will find out what it means to be a Citizen Developer, why it is a relevant figure and what is the role of no-code in the digital transformation.

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What is a Citizen Developer

When we talk about traditional programming, we refer to a field currently saturated by the high demand for its services and the low capacity to respond to those demands. This is because, although it is on the rise, few people are dedicated to traditionally developing software. After all, among other reasons, learning represents a slow and complex learning curve. As a result, everything translates into an inaccessible, slow, and costly service. 

With the emergence of no-code tools, the process of creating digital products has changed dramatically. It is no longer necessary to hire a technical team outside the companies or the economic possibilities they have, nor is it necessary to wait months to have the first results and others if you want to make any changes. So no-code not only means savings but also transformation. It means greater accessibility and technological democratization, making the creation process more universal. 

It is in this context that Citizen Developers appear. What does this term mean? Citizen Developers are those people who have no experience or knowledge of traditional coding but can design and build their digital solutions, applications, or functionalities without the intervention of an IT department but through the use of no-code tools. 

In the world of Citizen Developers, the attention is on the what and not the how. The focus is not on how problems are solved, but rather that they are solved. In this way, a company's employees can devise and develop their solutions, saving time and money and most importantly, gaining autonomy and empowerment.

Who has never faced the impossibility of carrying out their idea, or the delivery times of IT teams or programmers? While some projects require aesthetic and UX or UI criteria, small projects such as the development of a landing page or an email template can be developed without resorting to the IT team. 

Why a Citizen Developer is relevant

Many questions arise when thinking about the role of no-code and the role of the people who use it. Within companies, no-code and Citizen Developers can be relevant in aspects such as:

The no-code digital transformation

The role of no-code and Citizen Developers lies in solving problems that go beyond traditional programming. Since the technical answers are limited (due to the issues mentioned above) with no-code tools, companies, and individuals who need IT solutions can obtain them more autonomously and quickly. So it is not only the companies that benefit thanks to the lower investment of time and money, but most of the importance of no-code lies in the power it gives to people. 

Citizen Developer, far from being a fashionable term, is the representation of a paradigm shift within the technological field. Their creative and technical skills allow companies to be more productive and efficient. A potential that, to date, has not yet been exploited. Read this article to learn more about no-code development throughout history.

Conclusions about Citizen Developer and no-code

We have shown the possibilities they offer and the relationship between the two terms, but we want to conclude by focusing on one: accessibility. An accessible technology that provides quick solutions is possible with no-code and with the people who make it happen. Fluo is a pioneer no-code agency in Argentina and Latam.

We create technological solutions using no-code tools so that the digital transformation continues to grow and provide access to more people.

You may also be interested in reading this note about no-code learning.