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RMAD Gartner Analysis: 6 Criteria For Rapid Mobile App Development

Building mobile business apps isn’t easy, but it’s a basic competency every company needs, says Gartner in its latest report on the RMAD market. Corporate developers must be able to build apps quickly, update them regularly for new capabilities or to incorporate user feedback, and they must integrate into corporate systems to drive daily business activities.

With more rapid mobile app development RMAD tools on the market every day, there’s a lot to choose from. Native or hybrid. Mobile App Development Platforms (MADP), Rapid App Development Platforms (RAD), or Rapid Mobile App Development Platforms (RMAD)? Front-end tool or back-end tools?


Source: “Picking the Best New Mobile AD Tech: MBaaS and RMAD” - Gartner Application Architecture, Development and Integration Summit, December 2015Gartner analysts Richard Marshall and Van Baker presented two slides on Gartner’s top criteria for selecting rapid mobile app development tools at the Gartner AADI Summit. The Gartner presentation seeks to help companies and citizen developers evaluating RMAD tools and their product capabilities. The Gartner analysts offer 6 questions buyers should ask in order to select an RMAD product quickly and cost-effectively. 

Gartner RMAD Rapid Mobile Application Development Tool selection criteria:

1)   Can this product connect to my back-end systems?

2)   Do I have or can I find development talent that can use this product?

3)   Do the apps this product produces work offline?

4)   What is the licensing model?

5)   Does this product connect to my development infrastructure?

6)   Does this product support my mobile devices? 

Make sure the platform you’re considering has the right answers to these questions suggested by Gartner. Read another related blog on the 2017 Gartner market guide to RMAD.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
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Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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