Considering a RAD Platform? This Is All You Need to Know.
Designed to rocket power the journey from idea to app, RAD platforms compress and speed up the app creation process. Learn how they work, and how to choose the right one.
How a RAD Platform Works
RAD is a modular approach. Developers and end users work together to develop the app feature-by-feature, making changes on the fly–perfect for evolving requirements. This is based on James Martin’s technique from 1991.
The average RAD platform today uses a modified version of this – James Martin’s RAD
App stakeholders (end users, programmers, management) discuss the need for the app, the solution, and limitations.
Business users make improvements that they understand better than the average programmer.
As the users state the needs, app creators make modular working models that solve each of these needs.
Like the ‘implementation’ and ‘maintenance’ stages of SDLC, users get trained and adopt the new app.
Creating an App Using a RAD Platform
Developing your app on a RAD platform like KiSSFLOW is almost child’s play. KiSSFLOW uses handy abilities like low-code development and a visual approach to let users and/or IT teams build apps the RAD way.
You use the simply visual-based layout to decide how to collect the data, using the easy WYSIWYG form creation technique. Then, you determine the path this data will take, and how the app will handle the data, also through a simple visual layout.
With the RAD approach, creating apps goes from being a month-long affair to a days-long one, sometimes even taking mere hours!
Features To Look For in RAD Platforms
What you should be searching for when picking the right RAD tool. Look for these features, and you’ll quickly find the right RAD tool.
This lets you, the RAD platform user, design modules of your app with ease in a short time. Simplicity translates to speed and ease of use.
These help you use data contextually. For instance, you can pull up the number of leaves an employee is eligible for on a leave request app.
Deploy apps quickly
Creating apps alone won’t cut it with RAD. That’s why RAD platforms can release apps as soon as you create them. This is crucial for a quick ‘time to market’.
Multi-device previews to let you see how end users will ‘see’ the app on various platforms, cloud deployment, and release and lifecycle management abilities.
Any RAD platform that offers true app-creating power to business users who may not have coding abilities, is a winner.
RAD app modules need to be modified and deployed as and when each feature is developed or modified.
The Benefits of Using a RAD Platform
Choose the right RAD platform, and reap the four-fold benefits every good one offers.
Enjoy Assured Quality
Rapid application development platforms also assure better quality, as business users are involved throughout the development of each app.
Launch Apps Faster
RAD also speeds up launch times, letting you launch your apps four times faster than a legacy platform–that’s a commendable time to market.
RAD platforms also offer risk control, as unmitigated disasters that can happen through the dated waterfall method are completely avoided.
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