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New Zero-Code Location-Based Apps Supports the Geospatial Revolution

New Zero-Code Location-Based Apps Supports the Geospatial Revolution

January 17, 2017

By Mike Gundling

The growing use of mobile apps to streamline data collection and take advantage of emerging uses of GPS and GIS platforms has spawned demand for development that is tasking IT departments’ time and resources.

The demand can only increase.

In an article for Trajectory Magazine Online, Scott Lee, Director, Federal Sales, TerraGo Technologies, quotes a Gartner prediction that “demand for enterprise mobile app development will grow at least five times faster than internal IT departments’ capacity to deliver them.”

That prediction is built upon others: Mobile phone sales will reach 2.1 billion by 2019, and 60 percent of all fast-mode delivery projects will be performed outside IT teams by 2020.

Fortunately, zero-code app development, such as that of TerraGo Magic, is stepping up to help meet those daunting demands by introducing a “click, not code” solution.

By offering a framework that allows end users with no software skills to develop custom, full-featured mobile apps driven by job requirements, zero-code cuts delivery time from weeks and months to hours and days -- freeing IT up for its more traditional tasks. The flexibility of zero-code also addresses components of lifetime app ownership – operations, management and infrastructure costs – along with the need to update the app to take advantage of emerging technology.

Because zero code is based on an open architecture, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) environment, its cloud-based solutions integrate with legacy platforms to further keep costs in line.

Zero code is a shorter cut on the shortcut low-code app development and does have its limitations. But they are fast disappearing as companies like TerraGo develop new capabilities to further their use. As those limitations diminish, small-and mid-sized organizations, which have watched enviously from the sidelines while their more highly resourced competitors take advantage of advancing GPS/GIS capability, are getting into the game with zero-code developed mobile apps that make them more competitive. 

In the Trajectory Magazine article, Lee asks the question others are asking in their migration to zero code: “After all, does a mobile app need to reinvent the wheel and create entirely new features and business processes for all possible user requirements, or can users leverage field-tested features while customizing the workflow for the mission?”

The answer is saving IT departments time and money as organizations turn to zero code to augment low-code tools or replace them altogether.

To read the full Trajectory Magazine article, please click here. In addition, David Basil recently authored this Enterprise Apps Tech article about how zero code is turning the IT department into heroes. Finally, for a quick look at how TerraGo Magic works, please click here.