This marks the fourth year Kintone has been positioned in Gartner Inc.’s industry report, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms.

This in-depth report evaluates 19 vendors in the low-code space along various criteria.

This report can help you:

  1. Better understand the low-code space and some players in the space
  2. Identify which low-code tools and vendors may suit your business needs through its thorough comparison reporting

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Gartner’s report positions evaluated solutions into four quadrants, called Leaders, Challengers, Visionaries, and Niche Players.

The Gartner can help business leaders and team managers understand the value of low-code platforms and their usefulness in the workplace. If you want to:

  1. Develop and use business applications with minimal coding skills & developer resources
  2. Drastically improve speed-of-delivery when it comes to software development
  3. Address a wide-range of software needs with the human resources you already have

Then this report can give you the knowledge needed to make the best decision for your needs.

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What are Low-Code Development Tools?

Low-code development tools (also called low-code application platforms) are software solutions that allow individuals to develop software for business and personal purposes through graphical interfaces (such as drag-and-drop elements). Dubbed “low code” for their minimal coding demands on users, these tools encourage individuals to play a greater role in software development in contrast to traditional development processes.

How Do Low-Code Application Platforms Help Enterprise Businesses?

Low-code application platforms give businesses the opportunity to bring a majority of their software development demands in-house, giving teams the power to directly create, deploy, and maintain software solutions for their specific workflows. A core advantage of bringing software development in-house is that it gives IT departments greater oversight over business application development without directly increasing their workload, as the majority of development is done by the citizen developer.

Gartner defines a citizen developer as “a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.”* Employees who become citizen developers are able to develop and deploy software solutions that directly suit their individual and team workflows.

Kintone as a Low-Code Application Platform

One of the core core strengths of Kintone’s platform is that it goes one step further than most other solutions; while the majority of other low-code solutions rely on citizen developers to have a working grasp of code in order to effectively create applications, Kintone’s platform is effectively no-code. This means someone with zero coding experience can still use Kintone’s platform to develop sophisticated, custom applications for their work.

Citizen developers of every technical level can use Kintone’s drag-and-drop interface to create the applications they need at a pace “traditional software developers can’t hope to match.

According to software development firm, Soltech, most traditional software development projects take between 7-9 months to take from concept to deployment. By contrast, Kintone’s platform often takes businesses an average of 1-3 months to set up, with savvy employees developing brand new apps for themselves and their team in a matter of hours.

*Gartner Glossary, Citizen Developer,,environments%20sanctioned%20by%20corporate%20IT.

One Business Owner Who Put Low-Code Platforms To The Test

Inspired by the flexibility of low-code platforms, Michael Callahan, owner of Michael Callahan and Associates, a Virginia-based accounting firm, decided to put them to the test.

The challenge: try to build the features and workflows of some of the tech industry’s leading enterprise software products in Kintone and see 1) if it would work and 2) how much money (if any) it would save him.

The result?

After demoing hundreds of different software solutions, Callahan built his favorite five in Kintone to manage everything from project management to lead management to expense reports. When he tallied up what all the original software solutions he duplicated might have cost him (if he’d purchased each of them rather than building them in Kintone), he discovered an annual savings of $84,000 a year in software subscription costs. Read what Callahan built and how much it cost in Kintone here.

Get The Full Picture Of What Low-Code Platforms Can Do For You

Want to learn more about how low-code and no-code platforms are shaking up software development? Check out our free eBook: We’re All Software Developers Now: Why The Next Programmer Joining Your Company Is You.

This eBook covers three key points:

  • How software will play an even bigger role in our work lives than it does already.
  • Why software development will become an integral part of your current and future jobs.
  • How you can survive a world consumed by software by remaining exactly who you are. In fact, being exactly who you are is going to be what makes you most valuable.

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Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, September 2020
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