Low-code and rapid application development (RAD) solutions are platforms typically designed to solve two different problems. The first is to make building software more accessible to non-developers (or citizen developers), so that a limited, true developer staff can be allocated to building company software projects, including departmental apps. This approach lets standard off-the-shelf ERP or CRM systems be enhanced or customized. The second approach uses RAD to tackle core applications that run your business and is more complex software. RAD is used when a UX-first approach needs to be combined with custom and sometimes complex industry-specific business logic, including non-functional requirements like multi-tenancy, security requirements, mixed deployment scenarios, compliance, internationalization and others.
Low-code solutions are great when you’re looking to build fairly simple departmental applications. Instead of having to write a ton of code, a low-code platform allows you to use visual models to build your solution. Using drag-and-drop features, the low-code approach is adequate for designing prototypes and to build and deploy simpler, smaller applications. Instead of having to program lines of code, a low code platform allows you to use visual models to build your solution.
But there are certain limitations when it comes to Low Code solutions. When you are looking to build more complex features within your software or when you are an ISV (software vendor), then be aware that Low Code may not be the answer for you.
A low-code solution will not fulfill your technical requirements if you’re looking to develop software that offers:
Servoy is a RAD and offers something far beyond no-code or low-code platforms. It is a robust platform that is being used to rapidly modernize and build intricate business applications (ERPs and other mission-critical business applications). It de-risks your software projects and accelerates your development power.
Looking to modernize your existing application, do a cloud migration, or embarking on a highly challenging rewrite altogether? If so, you should seriously consider RAD as the best development approach to your software project.