D'n'd development with RPA, hpaPaaS, mBaaS and ESB (iPaaS)

Posted on January 11, 2018 in Develop
Updated: February 20, 2019


Development using Drag'n'drop (Low-code development platforms - LCDP) is also taking a share in development pipelines with test/prod environments and version control.

Some of the areas are

  1. Automated Business UI Process development - RPA. Automated frontend using existing UI as data transfer channel are created in this category.
  2. Application development - hpaPaaS. Apps, Webapps (frontends) and APIs (backends) are created in this category.
  3. Application APIs - mBaaS. This is backend exposing APIs to receive/produce data.
  4. Application integration - ESB / iPaaS. This is middleware/backend using and exposing APIs to transfer data (B2B).

1. RPA

Top RPA players are
Forrester RPA

2. hpaPaaS

In 2017 Microsoft Access RAD tools are called High Productivity Application Platform as a Service (hpaPaaS)
gartner hpaPaaS tools

In the top quadrant there are only 3 players

Download the Gartner Quadrant to learn more.
According to Gartner, by 2020, at least 50 percent of all new business applications will be created with high-productivity toolsets

And compare features and integrations
compare features and integrations

3. API

To create IOT or mobile backends there are API tools
gartner API tools

4. ESB / iPaaS / MaaS

To tie applications together there are integration tools also called ESBs
gartner iPaaS tools


Some tools offers No-code development at all.

Product Hunt highlights a few of them here.


Design Sprint

Microsoft Links

Other Links

  • Microservices, SOA, and APIs: Friends or enemies?
    Microservices, SOA, and APIs

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