What will the consequences of citizen developers be in the near future?

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VP, Global IT in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
It's interesting because Microsoft is doing a low-code, citizen developer type of thing. But it seems like it’s just a newer version of loaders notes. You can build whatever you want to build, call it an app and you're done. That creates sprawl and, from an information architecture perspective, it gives people heartaches because everybody's coding things differently and none of the apps talk to each other. So it will probably be seven or eight years before we can bring it all back together.
Advisor | Investor | Former CIO in Services (non-Government), Self-employed
Citizen development creates a greater need for not only enterprise architects, but also solution architects. I've seen great value when you get solution architects in these spaces. If you have a solutions architect that focuses exclusively on your SAP environment, for example, that's where you can have more thoughtful conversations. It enables you to make better decisions on whether you really want to make changes or not, because with every change there's an associated cost. Do you really want to pay that cost?
Chief Information Technology Officer in Finance (non-banking), 51 - 200 employees
Team integration is becoming a challenge already, let alone once the development is more widespread as the new model intends to be...
VP of Engineering in Software, 11 - 50 employees
Depending on the field of use, it may go from great efficiencies to catastrophes. Applied to mondaine tasks should foster improvements, lower time to implementation, give more freedom to groups and divisions in big companies. However, citizen developers in AI may be the start of chaos on a big scale (Chemicals, energy, life science, defense, aviation, transportation, healthcare, etc.). Unchecked actors, poor oversight, and a lack of ethical framework could be and open door for legitimate errors and bad actors to misuse the technology.

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Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.
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