It all started with an idea. But, today Kianda no-code / low-code (NCLC) development platform is empowering thousands of citizen developers to drive digitalisation in their organisations.
A long time ago, a young couple of IT specialists moved to Ireland from Portugal. In Ireland, they began working in IT again. Programming, consultancy, coding, digitisation, you name it. They got increasingly frustrated by the inefficiencies associated with traditional programming. Moreover, the time it took to develop applications, the massive project failure rate and more importantly, the inability to engage and empower the end-users only led to further disappointment.
Five years ago, in 2016, they had enough and took the leap into the (then) unknown world of no-code and low-code (NCLC). As a result, they founded Kianda Technologies. I met Derya Sousa at a high potential start-up programme run by Enterprise Ireland. For this, I was one of the coaches on the programme. I sort of got it (compelling business case in speed and efficiency). However, it was not framed as NCLC, let alone citizen development.
Kianda: Next-generation low-code, next generation citizen developer
All software has a shelve life. Certainly, Kianda extends that shelve life.
Since I met Derya, I have had the pleasure of working with Project Management Institute (PMI) on their NCLC and citizen development offering. Therefore, I know how important the four things mentioned above are. Particularly not hitting a capability wall with your no-code or low-code platform vendor. Kianda grows with the organisation. But, you don’t have to take my word for it. Read this blog.
Supply Chain Automation
Kianda also launched a new supply chain automation solution. In short, it is an umbrella system allowing you to enhance your current supplier engagement. It allows Kianda’s customers to provide supplier portals to the external parties they work with so they can share their common business processes and synchronise their data in a single platform securely and easily.
Above all, it enables considerable savings on efficiency, data management and time (savings between 10 and 20K per month)—all within 10 days.
Interview with Derya Sousa
It was time for another conversation.
Derya explained her ambitious plans for Kianda (next NCLC generation citizen developer standard). As well, the desire to have a social impact through no-code and low-code and how digital transformation is no longer a choice. Derya wants Kianda to become the Apple of the citizen developer space (that is a reference to the user experience and customer-centric approach of Kianda).
The world of digital transformation is very confusing. There are lots of vendors making lots of promises. There is NCLC in automation, AI, robotics, and it will increasingly be applied to other technologies.
What we do know is that no-code and low-code platforms are not going away and is essential to keep up. Specially to promote a citizen developer culture to ensure simple and continuous digitalisation.
Future of NCLC and Citizen Development
What Derya has learned over the many years of being involved in digital transitions is the need to start small and test a few vendors (click here to test Kianda). Additionally, get early feedback, focus on the impact (versus the quality of the code) and make sure that everyone is part of the journey and the struggle. That way, everyone appreciates the effort in creating the solution and hence ensuring quicker adaption and acceptance.