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No Code, Low Code or Rapid Application Development for your software?

Low Code or RAD?
The best technology for your software

Low-code and rapid application development (RAD) solutions are platforms typically designed to solve two different problems. The first is to make building software more accessible to non-developers (or citizen developers), so that a limited, true developer staff can be allocated to building company software projects, including departmental apps. This approach lets standard off-the-shelf ERP or CRM systems be enhanced or customized.


The second approach uses RAD to tackle core applications that run your business and is more complex software. RAD is used when a UX-first approach needs to be combined with custom and sometimes complex industry-specific business logic, including non-functional requirements like multi-tenancy, security requirements, mixed deployment scenarios, compliance, internationalization and others.

Low code solutions for small apps

Low-code solutions are great when you’re looking to build fairly simple departmental applications. Instead of having to write a ton of code, a low-code platform allows you to use visual models to build your solution. Using drag-and-drop features, the low-code approach is adequate for designing prototypes and to build and deploy simpler, smaller applications. Instead of having to program lines of code, a low code platform allows you to use visual models to build your solution.

When low code doesn’t cut it

But there are certain limitations when it comes to Low Code solutions. When you are looking to build more complex features within your software or when you are an ISV (software vendor), then be aware that Low Code may not be the answer for you.

A low-code solution will not fulfill your technical requirements if you’re looking to develop software that offers:

  • Multi-tenancy
  • Freedom to write complex business rules
  • No proprietary pieces (no vendor lock-in)
  • SaaS monetization for the cloud
  • A single code-base for cloud, on-premise, web, and mobile


Accelerate your development power with RAD

Servoy is a RAD and offers something far beyond no-code or low-code platforms. It is a robust platform that is being used to rapidly modernize and build intricate business applications (ERPs and other mission-critical business applications). It de-risks your software projects and accelerates your development power.

Looking to modernize your existing application, do a cloud migration, or embarking on a highly challenging rewrite altogether? If so, you should seriously consider RAD as the best development approach to your software project.

No code / low-code
Rapid Application Development (RAD)
Type of Software In-house applications Complex Solutions and Software for multiple outside organizations.
Typical Applications Departmental app
Customizations to off-the-shelve apps
Software Modernizations
Cloud Migrations
Many Data Sources Integrations (cloud services, legacy systems)
Technical Limitations Limited Functionalities
Limited Security Options
No Multi-tenancy
Not for citizen developers
Users Power users / citizen Developers

In conclusion, when it comes to choosing the best technology for your software development project, it is important to consider your specific needs and goals. While low-code solutions may be suitable for simpler departmental applications, RAD offers a robust platform that can handle complex business logic and non-functional requirements. With Servoy's RAD, you can accelerate your development power, de-risk your software projects, and modernize your applications. So, if you are embarking on a highly challenging rewrite or looking to modernize your existing application, consider RAD as the best development approach to your software project. Engage further by exploring the capabilities of RAD and how it can benefit your business needs.

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