CIO Insights: Hitting the accelerator on app development while meeting the expectations of your CIO

Global Client Reference Manager, IBM

As Bob Dylan said in his 1964 album release, “The Times They Are A Changin’,” and there is not a more accurate description when you are in what is considered by many as the most difficult position in any size company today—the position of CIO.

CIOs are saddled with the incredible responsibility of ensuring all things IT are not just functioning, but are meeting the high demands of both internal enterprise users as well as those customers that rely on that enterprise as part of their own business. Though CIOs have an incredible responsibility, they also have a tremendous opportunity to play leading roles in the digital/physical revolution that is transforming every facet of our lives. To thrive in today’s market, organizations need to be nimble and willing to embrace new technologies, failing fast if need be.

Designing and building apps is certainly one of many priorities that CIOs must balance. But all too often, software development puts a brake on business innovation. Even with the adoption of modern methodologies such as agile, traditional app development is still too slow, expensive and inflexible to meet many emerging business needs, including those from the office of the CIO.

What if there were a way to transform the development process so that business users could build apps independently while still meeting IT requirements from the CIO?

On a mission to open application development, Future Workshops is building Harmony, a platform that enables business users—with no coding skills—to design and assemble sophisticated, native-mobile apps from a host of pre-built microservices, using a simple web interface. And the apps they are building meet the needs and requirements of IT.

Future Workshops’ new Harmony platform, built on IBM Compose, enables a much wider range of users to create applications for themselves. Via a web interface, users simply drag and drop components that allow them to interact with their existing business systems, and design new data flows that help them solve business problems.

Using traditional approaches, creating apps to address minor or fleeting business needs was often not worthwhile, because by the time a development team could deliver an app meeting the necessary IT requirements, the opportunity would have passed. Now that users can build apps in a matter of hours using Harmony and start using them immediately, it becomes practical to develop apps to solve all sorts of problems.

Learn more by reading the case study with Future Workshops, where Matt Brooke-Smith, founder and CEO of Future Workshops, explains how the company is changing the process for designing and developing business apps that meet corporate IT standards.