3 (satirical) reasons why custom programming is best way to create apps

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As a CIO or IT leader, you know how much your developers love to spend time writing –and rewriting – complex custom code. Especially while under pressure to get it right, immediately.

That’s why investing in technology that allows your department to configure important systems by simply clicking a mouse or pressing a key is a bad idea. Really bad.

If that wasn’t sarcastic enough for you, here are three reasons why your developers prefer custom programming instead of using a rapid application development platform that does some of the initial heavy lifting for them:

1. It takes all the fun out of it.

Why would you want your developers to easily implement software integrations that have already been designed to work perfectly and effortlessly adapt to new versions? Figuring all that complicated stuff out is a coding dream!

2. They want to build everything from scratch.

Let’s face it. Your department has nothing but time on its hands. And you want to slow your response to business needs, because that guarantees people inside your organization are talking about the IT department. Especially if your code left an application vulnerable to hacking.

Because there’s no such thing as bad press, right?

3. Complexity is king. Or queen.

Don’t believe those naïve people running around telling you to keep it simple. Not only do you have your own career to think about, but what about the career tracks for your employees? Complexity is the key to job security and career advancement.

And what if senior management notices your department is no longer guzzling coffee, Mountain Dew Code Reds, and Red Bulls as you pull frequent all-nighters? They might think your team has lost its drive. And if senior management cuts your energy drink budget, you could have a mutiny on your hands!

So don’t listen to anyone who talks about the negative consequences of downtime for the important systems your employees rely on daily. Tell them to chill out. Stress is a horrible thing.

Because the last thing you want to do is save your organization time, money, and frustration by using a single enterprise information platform. Empowering your department to efficiently help every employee instantly and easily find the information they need, wherever they’re located, might make them think it’s all so simple, there’s no need for an IT department.

And that last part, as you already know, is the most sarcastic statement yet.

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien

Scoop Skupien is a former radio station mascot. These days, he's a senior content strategist at Hyland and the editor of this blog. An author with an MBA and two books in print, he’s been writing about tech for Hyland for a decade. His industry certifications include CDIA and ecmp.

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