How does low-code compare with RAD and aPaaS?
Over our 15+ year history, we have seen an evolution in the terminology used to describe platforms that accelerate the application development and delivery process. This can lead to confusion.
Rapid application development or delivery (RAD) is one term that, while often associated with development platforms from a few decades ago, is more closely tied to the methodology being used rather than the technology platform. And while low-code platforms align well with the highly iterative, prototype-driven RAD approach, they are very different when compared to the CASE tools of old.
aPaaS is the term Gartner uses when talking about development platforms in the cloud. Gartner defines it as “... a cloud service that offers development and deployment environments for application services”. As a category, aPaaS initially included a variety of solutions ranging from platforms that were more focused on the provisioning of the infrastructure to those that were focused on accelerating application development. Gartner has now divided aPaaS into two categories, High Productivity and High Control. High Productivity aPaaS is very similar to the low-code space defined by Forrester.