Rapid Application Development Platforms slam traditional technology life-cycle span by 80%

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Technology vendors are bringing to market rapid application development platforms for businesses that are looking for swift digitization initiatives that will help them harness the power of today’s in-the-palm device-based computing. This trend is driving a new wave┬áin the way software applications will be developed, deployed and consumed in Africa. Rapid Application Development platforms are breaking down the traditional software development lifecycle spans by a dramatic eighty percent. This means businesses can go live with custom apps in days.

The vendors of such platforms are on the rise and the market is waiting to embrace the same. Industry analysts predict that by 2018 most businesses will empower their employees, devices with apps that they can prototype and use themselves, under corporate norms. It is clear that this is going to change the way work has ever been done. It becomes important now to note some core features a business needs to look at while investing in a low-code, rapid application development platform.

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Employees can build their own enterprise apps using low-code development platforms

Many Devices. One Interface.
Delivery of applications through multiple devices means businesses can hand to employees the ability to create, use/manage enterprise applications across desktops, mobile and other hand held devices. Build once deploy on any device.

Visual Interface Driven Application Development
Businesses can create custom apps using their own resources with little or no dependence on IT. The low-code platforms offer easy drag and drop tools to create data structures, user interfaces, API services and security. Highly expressive tool design integrated with controls and administration bring to the table ease of use and faster development scenarios.

Free of Hardware
Low-code platform vendors manage the infrastructure needs of businesses wanting to host applications on these platforms through cloud technology. This saves on hardware investments and time, while allowing business to focus primarily on the app to be developed.

Easy Data Storage
No-SQL architecture allows for schema-less data modeling. This means data can be stored, managed and migrated without complex data structures.

Cloud Based: On-premise, off-premise or hybrid models
Apps created can be stored, managed and accessed by multiple users on private, public or a mix of both cloud models.

Easy Integration
Rapid application development and delivery comes with worry-free integration with almost all existing systems. So, adopting to these low-code platforms is easy without compromising on interaction with other systems that are critical to your business. Further, all data accessed is displayed in a single comprehensive view for better data consumption and business decisions across processes.

Scales Easily
Businesses that invest in these low-code platforms for small apps can easily scale to larger, more complex apps supporting many processes across multiple departments. Each enterprise can have custom themes, too.

Big on Analytics
This truly is the final high on low-code platforms. They allow you to harness the power of big data to heuristically view business-critical insights. Develop real-time reports using visual point-and-click tools to gather information across enterprise data, processes and view it on any device accessing the platform through cloud. Connect the dots between internal processes and sales plans to dramatically improve performance.

With all such features in tow, low-code platforms are here to stay. They’re the way of the future for enterprises to digitize processes that are both for internal use and customer facing. Africa has tremendous scope in embracing this new technology. Beehive, a breakthrough low-code platform, homegrown in Africa, renders beautiful interfaces, custom themes, code-free environments, on the cloud and across-devices, bringing new promises to the way technology will be consumed for enterprises in Africa.

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