Tag: web form builder

Citizen developers and the I.T. skills gap

In previous articles, we’ve talked about the contributions being made by citizen developers in may organizations. They’re using low-code platforms like frevvo to create mobile web apps in record time for day-to-day business problems.

Last week, I came across this nice new infographic from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Collat School of Business. As they say, “the skills gap is the difference between the technology available and the workforce’s ability to use it.”

Highlights of the infographic are:

Almost 40% of companies have a moderate to major skills gap. The resulting digital inefficiency can be deadly – costing you as much as 20% in lost productivity. Simple things like automating routine, everyday processes like Purchase Orders and Leave Approvals can go a long way.

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Automation can make a huge difference.

We think citizen developers can make a huge difference, especially when they’re given access to and training on low-code platforms like frevvo. We see it in our customers all the time – citizen developers at many frevvo customers have helped to create incredibly effective, high-quality apps quickly and at reasonable cost.

In fact, Central Wyoming College recently created a fully digital Purchase Order approval that looks great, works on mobile devices and meets business requirements in less than 10 days of work. It’s hard to imagine anyone coding an app that quickly.

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Check out the infographic on UAB’s website.

Among pacesetters, who believe technology is essential to development and blaze the way forward, almost 80% use citizen developers.

You have little choice. You simply cannot afford to take months to create a web portal or mobile app. Mobile developers are extremely expensive if you can find them. There’s huge benefit and tremendous ROI to be gained from using a low-code approach for an increasing array of projects.

With every release of frevvo, there’s a little less code to write – whether through new and upgraded wizards or the Visual Rule Builder or a new connector.

Hundreds of customers are already benefiting. Why not give it a whirl? Sign up for a free trial and see for yourself. It takes 30 seconds and you can install a template and try it out instantly.

Why do you allow role assignment on both the Form and Flow in the first place?

One of our customers asked the question above. Roles are available both in forms (for Sections and Tabs) and in flows (for any activity). What’s the difference and when would you use one vs the other?

Roles in a Form

 

As the image shows, you can select one or more roles in the Security Tab in the Properties panel for a Section or a Tab. When a role is assigned to a Section/Tab, the controls therein are only visible to logged in users who have that role. This allows you to create forms that look different depending on who is using them. For example, I’m sure you’ve come across a paper form with an “Office Use Only” or “To be filled by HR” section. On a Leave Approval form, there’s probably a Section for manager approval. Why show it if you’re not a manager?

Roles in a Flow

In a workflow, roles play a different part. They control who performs a step (activity) in the workflow. In the Leave Approval workflow above, if you are logged in as a user with role ‘Employee’, you will see the first step in the workflow. When you click to continue, frevvo notices that the second step has roles ‘HR’ and ‘Manager’. If you do not belong to one of those roles, the workflow will be forwarded to users in those roles and you will not be able to continue. It’s like an employee filling out a Leave Application either on paper or a Word document and then walking it over or e-mailing the Word doc to the manager.

Combine the two

Take a look at the Leave Approval workflow tutorial. As explained above the steps in the workflow have roles which control who performs the step. But the form used in the workflow also uses the same roles for a different purpose. In the first step (logged in as Employee), I will only see the Employee section. In the second step (logged in as a Manager), I will also see the Manager Approval section even though it’s the same form and the same workflow.

So, put the two together and you have something that’s flexible and powerful enough to provide the functionality you need yet easy to maintain since there’s just one form (used multiple times) and one workflow.