RAD is the New Fad
Organizations across the US are increasingly adopting Rapid Application Development (RAD), and no-code or low-code platforms to overcome lengthy development cycles (60%), unclear business requirements (58%), integration issues (50%), and evolving user demands (51%), while ensuring they meet their productivity goals and remain within the budget (46%). These findings are based on the latest “PMG Pulse: IT and the Rise of the RAD Enterprise” survey.
In the RAD model, predefined prototyping tools and techniques are used to develop software applications. These development environments have Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) that allow software developers to drag and drop the required software components for their application.
The survey found that 72% of their respondents recognized the value of RAD. About 60% were currently employing RAD methodologies, with about 74% IT professionals evaluating RAD platforms on the basis of their no and low-code capabilities to ensure higher productivity (63%) and higher control (37%).
While RAD adoption is expected to grow, about 34% of the respondents plan to allocate at least 10% or more of their IT budget for RAD processes. About 56% of the respondents predict that adoption of no and low-code platforms will increase in the future, with 37% predicting no changes in their adoption strategy.
“Enterprises often have processes that grow up over time and become their own series of little monsters,” says Jon Jenkins, manager of IT business process automation, Kautex Textron. “Low-code capabilities allow teams like mine to take back control so there’s less effort, less wasted time and more awareness.”
The adoption of these methodologies is increasing due to the rise of citizen developers. Gartner defines a citizen developer as “a user who creates new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT. In the past, end-user application development has typically been limited to single-user or workgroup solutions built with tools like Microsoft Excel and Access. However, today, end users can build departmental, enterprise and even public applications using shared services, fourth-generation language (4GL)-style development platforms and cloud computing services.”
The survey found that 42% of the respondents showed interest in citizen developers and about 19% were currently using their services. About 30% of the IT leaders surveyed thought that working in tandem with citizen developers will help them improve their efficiencies. Another 25% think that citizen developers will enable their departments to take on strategic and advisory roles in development processes, while 24% think that citizen developers will help add tech-savvy business analysts.
These new methodologies could introduce a new era of IT where technical resources with appropriate business backgrounds will be in more demand than coders (34%), and there will be a shift to configuration instead of coding (31%).
“It’s not a renaissance, but it’s close,” says Joe LeCompte, principal, PMG. “In a world where you can pay your taxes from your cell phone, IT should be leading the way toward a simpler way of working. And we’re seeing that in the form of RAD methodologies backed by low-code solutions, a trend you can expect to continue.”