IBM has developed a free web application development tool to allow non-techies at small and medium-sized businesses to create applications.
The IBM Development Engagement Service requires no programming skills and is a user-friendly, interactive tool designed to develop online forms that can automate common manual processes, such as the collection and analysis of information.
Giving users easy tools to create simple applications eliminates waiting time required when an employee issues an application development request through an IT department, said IBM.
Unlike application wikis, which require technology-savvy users and do not address workflow or data storage in a database, the IBM Developer Engagement Service is designed to appeal to the average business user.
“This new application development tool will let users with no software development expertise skill create online forms with ease that complete routine tasks,” said Gal Shachor, project lead for the technology.
“IBM wants to ensure users at small and medium-sized businesses are able to capitalise on modern Web 2.0 technologies in a simple, user-friendly way.”
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