Did you know that nearly 60% of corporate IT professionals are currently using rapid application development (RAD) methodologies in their organizations? In this post, we’ll look at how RAD is enabling the IT department to do more with less, using low-code development tools.
First, some context. It all started with the rise of digital transformation, and the two major challenges it poses for any IT team:
1) Customers are demanding seamless digital experiences through the use of apps and interactive websites.
2) Business units require a host of digital solutions and integrations to increase collaboration, productivity and reporting.
As a result, CIOs and their teams are under unprecedented pressure. They need to prototype, test and deploy all sorts of applications, and they need to do it fast.
What is RAD?
Rapid application development (RAD) is an approach to software development that puts greater emphasis on prototyping and process than lengthy planning. The goal is to be faster and more agile. Of course, this is more easily said than done, especially when a team is working with legacy systems, unclear business requirements, and tight budgets.
Low-code development tools make RAD possible
Low-code development tools like Linx alleviate some of the pressure on IT teams. They are designed to enable rapid development and deployment of automated tasks to reduce development costs and improve business efficiency.
They are used to create, integrate and automate any custom application, ranging from simple to highly complex, without the need for programming. This means that IT can create ad-hoc applications or integrations without the expensive dev cycle. For example, an IT team might use Linx to create a web service, build and test APIs, or integrate systems and databases. A customer support team might use it to automate their request logging process, or a finance team might use it to settle payments faster.
No wonder 74% of IT professionals identified no and low-code capabilities as key when evaluating RAD platforms.
How do low-code development tools help?
There are many reasons for the growing popularity of low-code application development platforms. Here are four of the best:
1. Connect IT to the business
Low-code application development tools bridge the gaps between developers, business analysts and business unit managers or subject matter experts. They enable closer collaboration and simplify communication, which results in less work having to be redone and limits cost overruns.
2. Accelerate projects and reduce backlogs
When development is simplified, streamlined and automated, the entire delivery is accelerated and backlogs become smaller and easier to clear.
3. Enable more people to build applications
The demand for applications continues to rise, but developers are costly resources. Low-code development platforms enable other users from the IT department, or even non-IT employees, to create simple, non-critical applications themselves.
4. Automate everything
A platform that reduces the complexity and time required to create applications enables employees to spend more time planning, experimenting and testing new ideas.
RAD and low-code development are transforming the way the IT department works
Almost every business is in the midst of a digital transformation. It’s all about streamlining, collaborating, serving customers better, and increasing efficiency through the use of vertical software, apps and widgets. The only way to embrace this new environment without a huge IT team and budget, is to use low-code technology to automate repeatable tasks, including parts of the development process.