RAD, 4GL, MADP, RMAD, MXDP, LCDP, hpaPAAS . . . . What the?

Without turning this into a lecture, below is a short overview of low-code, hpaPaas and other Rapid Application Development platforms that we have seen in the last few decades, more-or-less in chronological order.  What are the overlaps and differences between all these development tools and platforms?  Why should you care? What is Computer Aided Software Engineering …

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Low-Code – not your uncle’s RAD

Low-code development platforms can make application development simpler and deliver better quality applications faster. But, wait a minute, haven’t we heard similar promises before? Since the eighties we had CASE, 4GL, RAD and more recently MADP, RMAD, MXDP, DXDP, hpaPaas and no-code platforms.  How is low-code different?  More importantly, why should you care? For a …

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Shadow IT & citizen development – Love IT or Loathe IT

No wonder the IT backlog is mushrooming.  Many IT departments are struggling to deliver mobile applications, getting cloud-ready and other digital innovation initiatives, while also taking care of an unrelenting volume of maintenance. There is wide agreement that the ‘need’ for shadow IT and its more legitimized progeny, citizen development, is caused by IT not …

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Seven pitfalls to avoid when you have to offer data exchange via FTP

(note: abbreviations are explained towards the bottom of this article) Most will agree that web services and EDIINT data exchanges are architecturally more elegant than FTP. However, when you have business partners that cannot handle those protocols, that ideological stand is not helpful and you simply may have to send and receive files via FTP. …

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The eight most common reasons integration projects fail

Ninety percent of organizations still lack a postmodern application integration strategy and will continue to do so through 2018, according to a Gartner press release earlier this year. This lack of integration strategy and related skills is resulting in “integration disorder, greater complexity and cost” according to the same Gartner press release. So, maybe the …

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