Rapid Application Development
The concept of rapid application development emphasizes the fast and iterative release of prototypes and applications. In today’s more competitive market, rapid application development allows business and IT teams to effectively collaborate and deliver new applications faster, whether to innovate business practices, differentiate within the market, or streamline costs.
Advantages of Rapid Application Development
Business demand for new applications is increasing, but IT’s ability to deliver them is not. According to Mendix research, 71% of IT teams are behind, unable to keep pace with growing needs. Additionally, 65% say that the turnaround expected by the business for custom development projects is shrinking. Rapid application development is quickly becoming a necessity.
Rapid application development tools prioritize speed and agility so that IT teams can increase their productivity and improve project outcomes. Instead of the typical turnaround of months or years for new applications, rapid application development enables IT teams to deliver in a matter of days or weeks.
But in addition to the advantage of speed, a rapid application development model provides a host of other benefits.
- Risk reduction: The ability to quickly create and share working prototypes allows the business to review functionality earlier in the application life cycle, helping to avoid rework that could derail the entire project.
- Increased quality: Incorporating greater prototype and functionality testing throughout the project life cycle also improves software quality, as requirements can be validated and refined based on user feedback.
- Faster time to market: Creating production-ready apps faster means that the business can benefit from its availability earlier, while new functionality continues to be released.
Rapid application development is particularly well suited for delivering systems of differentiation and innovation. These projects demand a greater level of business involvement as well as more frequent iterations to stay current within the market.
Enable Rapid Application Development with Mendix
Mendix’s rapid application development software includes features that span the complete application life cycle, delivering a 6x productivity advantage over traditional programming methods.
Our speed comes through our signature visual development capabilities that abstract away from code. In addition to visual modeling capabilities, users have access to an app store with 100s of pre-built widgets, templates and components, as well as integrated one-click deployment to public, private, hybrid and on-premises environments.