What Makes a Software Application Suitable for Enterprise Use?

Enterprise application development has never been more difficult and pressing. In the race to deliver, some of the complexities are left too late into the project causing budget overspends or worse, complete failure of the project. The complexities are things that separate the needs of the enterprise from those of standalone software applications. If an … …

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Brunswick Drops Open Source, Picks Up Development Speed

Recreational bowling centers have morphed from smoky old hangouts to state-of-the-art family entertainment centers. The transformation is continuous as centers work to strike the perfect balance between meeting the needs of loyal customers that live for weekly league play to attracting new patrons that crave a modern experience. Brunswick Bowling dominates the industry when it … …

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How to Use a Business Rules Engine to Your Advantage

In this “key considerations” installment, I’ll cover why a Business Rules Engine should be a key consideration when choosing a low-code platform. In my prior blog entries (first, second, third), I mention other helpful tips and considerations. Business Rules Engine Maintaining table definitions, connections and business rules is an ongoing challenge. Hard coding them in … …

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The Ugly Truth About Application Development

The Ugly Truth About Traditional Application Development

Gartner predicts that market demand for application development will grow at least five times faster than the available skills and resources to enable IT to deliver it through 2021. Why? Because the complexity of application development is at an all-time high. The sheer number of languages, skillsets and frameworks-of-the month that programmers are expected to … …

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"Low-code, Rapid Application Development, RAD, hpaPaas? What the?"

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 – 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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GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation

GDPR – The journey has only just begun

As a marketing professional, this week has been quite unlike any other. The implementation date for GDPR has really focussed minds and although some say, “it’s not a deadline”, the reality is that it has been treated that way by many. As has been the case for many of you, here at LANSA, there’s been … …

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Shadow IT: Friend or Foe?

IT departments like to think of themselves as gatekeepers to their organization’s infrastructure and systems—but that’s not always the case. The term “shadow IT” is now commonly used to describe software applications built and deployed without any organizational approval or support from the IT department. These projects typically happen because IT is seen as unresponsive … …

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Shadow IT

Taking Shadow IT Out and Into The Light

“We’ve all got a job to do”. While that may be true, it’s precisely the type of thinking that sometimes leads to ungoverned technologies roaming free throughout a business. The term is ominously known as “shadow IT” and it’s when an otherwise well-meaning employee or department goes rogue and downloads, builds or deploys a technology … …

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User expect better UI experiences

User Experience – Can you afford not to?

Shall I let you into a little secret? I’m not a good cook. In fact, I’m hopeless. I’m forever burning my dinner in the oven and it just never comes out the way I’d hoped. At least, that was how things were until about six months ago when I bought myself a smartwatch. Now, with … …

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