Through its visual nature, accessibility, and proclivity toward collaboration, low-code development allows non-technical/IT developers to now meaningfully participate in the development process.
Additional reading: Learn more about fusion teams, what they are, and how they can benefit your organization.
Until recently, business stakeholders often went around IT to purchase an off-the-shelf solution or build their own solution using Excel or Access. There are multiple reasons for doing this. Perhaps IT is bogged down in a sea of requests. Perhaps the turnaround times that IT provides don’t match the needs of the business. Sometimes it’s as simple as the business stakeholder not knowing they need to involve IT. No matter the reason, the results are a proliferation of unregulated shadow IT presenting a threat of security risks and data loss or vulnerabilities. This has been a real pain point for enterprise IT organizations.
When you look beyond the risks they present, though, what these enterprising business stakeholders also offer is opportunity and customer and market knowledge. Establishing Fusion teams entails incorporating these non-core-IT people (also known as business technologists) into the software development lifecycle. This can prove to be a huge boon for organizations looking to address their always-growing backlog and create needed solutions that produce business value while mitigating the risks that shadow IT carries.
In their Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms report, Gartner defines the Fusion Team Composable Application Use Case as “assembled application experiences from a portfolio of multi-sourced building blocks. These are custom application experiences for specific end-user roles and individuals. Building blocks may include packaged business capabilities, SaaS, API products in marketplaces, existing data sources, event channels, cloud services, and custom local services. These are custom application experiences for specific end-user roles and individuals.”