BYour Own Programmer

Bring Your Own Device has largely come and gone as a phenomenon.  What’s the next one?  It just might be “Be Your Own Programmer.”

What happened with BYOD?
I remember signing up to be one of the first people in my group to have a blackberry.  It was 2005 or 2006, and they weren’t giving them to everyone.  They were expensive and they weren’t altogether that useful by today’s standards.  Fast forward 8 years and almost every IT shop without code word clearance is letting people bring their iPhone to work and download their email.  Two things changed:

  1. The feature set got more robust:  You can do a lot of work on an iPhone, let alone an iPad.
  2. The price dropped:  A one year Good For The Enterprise License is $159 per year… want to guess what IBM was paying all-in to keep me wired on a blackberry?
So the Business is Just Going to Start Writing Their Own Apps?
Gartner released a study yesterday where they talk about a concept they call, the “citizen developer.”  Gartner defines a “citizen developer” as “an end user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.”  Gartner is claiming that by next year, 25% of new apps will be created by citizen developers.  It’s not just Excel Macros anymore either, Microsoft is calling Office 365 a “Programmable Service For Rapid App Delivery” and SalesForce has a tutorial on how to build a Web App in 5 minutes.  As more and more companies move to newer versions of Office and to more flexible platforms (like say a SalesForce vs. a Siebel) this option is going to get more robust and cheaper.  Sound like any BYO… phenomena you’ve heard of before?


If I haven’t convinced you yet, put in your brand new white iPod 1 head phones and listen to this quote from the Gartner article and tell me you don’t hear this being said about BYOD 5 years ago:
Although the potential for EUAD [End User Application Development] to provide value is great, the risks to the business of poorly managed (or unmanaged) EUAD can be severe. Gartner predicts that by 2014, at least a third of enterprises without formalized citizen developer governance policies will encounter substantial data, process integrity and security vulnerabilities.