Kintone is a teamwork platform with a visual application builder that empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to effectively manage their data and workflow for better collaboration. Below is our recent interview with Dave Landa, CEO at Kintone:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to Kintone?
A: Kintone enables and inspires anyone to rapidly build and deploy sophisticated custom database applications within a powerful collaboration environment that offers automated workflow and granular permission controls all with no coding necessary. More than 12,000 clients have built and deployed over 500,000 applications on Kintone. Kintone is provided by Cybozu Inc, a Tokyo-based public company founded in 1997. Both Kintone and Cybozu are designated as great workplaces by Great Place to Work, a global authority on high performing workplace cultures.
Q: What is no-code app development?
A: Generally speaking, no-code app development empowers non-developers, usually line of business team members, to create applications without writing a line of code, or visiting the IT department. No-code typically means you are working within a declarative, configuration-based, drag-and-drop platform for creating fields, designing layout, setting user permissions, building workflows, creating automated notifications, etc. to design a complete and sophisticated application. Oftentimes, it begins with a conversion from an Excel spreadsheet and builds from there. It’s a hyper-agile and rapid build solution with Forrester research showing the development of applications in no-code platforms can be as much as 10X faster than the traditional waterfall approach, well suited to manage today’s ever-evolving technology challenges on operations, workflow, data management and reporting.
Q: You’ve recently announced a series of events highlighting the positive impact that transformative technology and deep-rooted teamwork can have on organizations and society; could you tell us something more?
A: Yes, we’re launching our Kintone Connect road series and bringing teamwork technology and methodology to Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Our team is extremely excited to take our message about how to build a sustainable company culture on the road this summer and fall.
Attendees will learn how the democratization of technology, transparency of information, and the next generation of teamwork tools can come together to boost workplace productivity, happiness and trust. They will participate in interactive workshops, hear panel discussions focused on how teams, organizations and communities can leverage collaborative tools and practices to optimize teamwork and impact. The hands-on exercises will provide event-goers with takeaways they can share with team members and implement easily in the workplace.
Q: Can you give us insights into your solutions?
Q: Why is now the time for a technology solution like Kintone?
A: Marc Andreessen, a famous Silicon Valley venture capitalist said about 10 years ago, “Software is eating the world, in all sectors. In the future every company will become a software company.” However, we don’t have enough programmers to keep up with the demand for tech talent right now. A recent study projected that by 2020 there would be 1.4 million developer job listings on the market, but only 400k computer science students to fill them. There is a huge gap between the demand and the supply of software engineering talent.
IT teams are struggling to keep up with the demand for new software coming from Line of Business Teams. In a recent Gartner study, they projected that by 2021 the demand for app development will grow at least 5x faster than IT capacity to deliver it.
By empowering Line of Business team members to build solutions without coding, solutions like Kintone help fulfill Line of Business teams’ technology needs quickly, relieve IT teams’ backlogs and lower the overall software cost for organizations.
Q: What are the company’s plans and goals for the future?
A: Our goal is to make teamwork better globally. We believe with Kintone’s all-in-one collaboration platform and the visual application builder, each team member is empowered to build solutions that fit with their individual needs and their teams’ needs. We hope to introduce cohesive online collaboration to more teams in the world so that they can work better together.