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Metavine: A No-Code Solution Bridging the Gap Between IT and the Citizen Developer

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Whether it is to find improved efficiencies or to improve customer engagement, organizations are looking to automate anything and everything they can. Unsurprisingly, this is putting significant pressure on IT organizations to increase the rate of application development at a time in which resources are already spread thin. This exponentially growing demand has led enterprises to seek ways to improve developer efficiency as well as to empower so-called citizen development.

The platforms that increase developer efficiency have mostly been distinct from those that enable citizen development. Metavine aims to bridge that divide. The company initially created its no-code platform to help developers accelerate the rate of development using its natural language-based rules engine and drag-and-drop functionality. The company has recently announced what it calls Metavine Go to enable citizen developers to create dashboards and automated workflows without involvement from IT.

The bridge between these two environments comes from what Metavine calls its ‘gadgets.’ The platform’s architecture enables IT to package business logic, specific data access or complete mini-applications into these gadgets, which business analysts and other non-IT users can then use in the development of targeted applications.

Further, the platform enables granular security at both a functional and data level and provides a library function that facilitates the sharing of applications and gadgets across the organization, thus avoiding duplicate effort. The result is an integrated approach that enables IT to accelerate development and allow business units to take on more of the workload, while ensuring continuity, governance, and integration across the enterprise.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).