Rapid application development (RAD) has been present for some time now in software development. This method was conceived to fix some of the shortfalls
that were being experienced with the waterfall model. Rapid application development is specifically suited for developing software that conforms to
user requirements. The development process is suited for adaptability to accommodate new information that might be gained during the project’s lifetime.
RAD is one of the popular methods used in agile software development. The agile method uses an iterative development model where the developers release
a new improved version of the working software after a while. The method allows for the seamless evolution of software to accommodate user input and
emerging trends. It is especially popular with web portal and mobile detection applications. Burcamp provides application development with Infor Mongoose
for web portals and web content management with Adobe Business Catalyst. Burcamp can create customized web portals or enhancements to the CloudSuite. This allows for additional enrichments to the operations with rapid application development as the methodology. We can also create web based portals with a CRM using Adobe Business Catalyst.
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Benefits of Rapid Application Development
Rapid application development has some advantages as that include:
Fast user feedback: Getting constructive user feedback is important in any development project. The RAD approach is designed to incorporate
user feedback in the most crucial phases of the development process. The constant feedback is gotten through the many iterations and prototypes.
Measurable progress: The development process involves using iterations and prototypes which can be used to gauge the progress made
on the project. This form of segmentation can, therefore, be used to plan schedules and manage budgets accurately.
Adaptability: The development process in RAD is designed for flexibility to incorporate new suggestions and user inputs. Therefore, significant
changes in the requirements and system design can easily be integrated into the software during its development.
Early systems integration: the use of prototypes allows for system integrations to be done early in the development cycle. This is unlike
in the waterfall model where the systems integration is done towards the end of the project. With RAD the early systems integration allows the developers
to identify and fix critical errors in the system as early on.
Compartmentalization of system components: RAD uses independent and functional components that are later integrated to form the entire
system. These components are useful in the iterative process since they enable easy modification. This practice is similar to the use of objects in
object-oriented programming. The independent components are tested independently and hence reduce the time taken in the testing phase. They can also
be reused in other projects.