Computing Canada. June 22, 1994, Vol. 20 Issue 13, p43, 1 p.
MIS, Program Development Techniques, Rapid Application Development, Efficiency, User Need, Software Design, User Relations, Software Quality, and Programming management (Computers) -- Methods
Corporate MIS departments can better serve the needs of users by adopting Rapid Application Development (RAD) and Joint Application Development (JAD) techniques. New RAD tools combine object-oriented and rule-based technology with a knowledge-based system. Such tools enable programmers to do in a few lines of code what would have taken several hundreds of lines with conventional Third Generation languages. A US electrical equipment manufacturer recently used RAD techniques to reduce the time needed to design a customer order entry system from 40,000 to 20,000 hours, for a cost savings of between $1 million and $2 million. The RAD approach to programming becomes even more efficient when combined with JAD programs. JAD involves pairing up programmers and users during each phase of the application development cycle. An important part of RAD/JAD programs is use of rapid prototyping tools that enable users to test applications throughout the development cycle.
Computing Canada. May 25, 1993, Vol. 19 Issue 11, p24, 1 p. graph
Survey, Program Development Techniques, Application Development Software, Chief Information Officers, and Program development software -- Surveys
A survey of 534 chief information officers (CIO) across the US and Canada reveals a slowly increasing use of advanced application development techniques (AADT). AADTs are tools and approaches used to carry out project activities, and generally encompass two chief areas: machine-based AADTs, which include fourth-generation languages (4GL), microcomputer-based development, object-oriented programming and application generators; and people-based AADTs, which include joint application development (JAD) and systems development methodologies. The survey suggests that machine-based AADTs are outpacing people-based AADTs by two to one. The survey's three 'grey areas' are computer-aided software engineering (CASE), prototyping and rapid application development. CIOs are planning to expand their use of AADTs, as budgeting for these techniques is expected to hold while overall IS (Information Systems) budgets are expected to fall relative to inflation.