We talk a lot about how a Rapid Application Delivery (RAD) solution like OutSystems Platform can enable IT organizations to deliver custom mobile and web applications more efficiently than traditional methods. But it occurred to me as I was reading a recently published On the Radar by analyst firm Ovum how much the success of a RAD platform depends on the provider’s ability to keep pace with change.
The report states:
In Ovum’s view, the core value proposition of OutSystems offering has stayed the same: rapid programming-free application development and deployment capability, with the solution staying in sync with the needs of modern enterprise development teams.
And then later:
In Ovum’s view, the OutSystems offering has kept pace with the changing application development landscape, and its support for mobile application development needs is especially commendable.
The need for rapid application delivery goes back at least 13 years, when OutSystems got its start. But the pain points and challenges enterprises face today are quite different than they were back then. From the evolution of development languages, to the advent of mobile apps, to the role of enterprise apps as revenue generators, to Microsoft recently announcing that they would open source .NET, a lot has changed in application development. It doesn’t matter how fast you code if you can’t keep pace with technology churn.
You know the visual of the duck smooth as silk on the surface of the water, while their legs are driving like mad underneath? We’re the legs – dealing with technology churn, advances in the state-of-the-art, changes in the landscape, etc. The cool-as-a-cucumber topside duck? That’s you.
The applications we need to build and how we build them will continue to change. And OutSystems will continue to meet enterprises where they are, innovating to enable them to harness the trends that move their business forward.