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Increasing Application Demands Require Rapid App Development

Healthcare organizations are seeking app development platforms to quickly build and deploy critical applications.

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- InterSystems announced its new platform, the InterSystems IRIS Data Platform, to assist organizations in app development and quickly producing data intensive applications.

The platform is built around a high-performance database, which allows developers to build mission critical apps quickly while including important features such as data management, interoperability, transaction processing, and analytics.

The tool also includes a multi-workload data management engine, native interoperability, an open analytics platform, and cloud, on-premises, or hybrid deployment options.

A recent IDC Research report found that 47 percent of organizations struggle with untimely data affecting them negatively. The report discovered that untimely data is the result of the data getting hung up between applications and platforms because of extract, transform, and, load (ETL) infrastructure is heavily depended on.

Transactions and analytics need to be performed simultaneously on a unified platform to speed up the data so it can be used quickly and effectively.

InterSystems IRIS eliminates ETL to try and ease the development process while still including the critical capabilities in the app’s design. The tool aims to give organizations a platform to quickly develop applications that will scale for future use.

“Increasingly, enterprises want to be able to perform analytics and transactions on a coherent set of current data, rather than having a specialized, separate database for each operational and analytical workload,” IDC Research Vice President of Data Management Carl Olofson said in a statement.

“InterSystems is leveraging its open architecture to deliver the IRIS Data Platform, which is designed to integrate into existing infrastructures and apply advanced technologies to support the widest range of customer environments and application requirements.”

Healthcare organizations are adding more mobile and connected devices to their network infrastructure and these devices call for applications so they can be used, monitored, and maintained.

The average enterprise employee uses three connected devices in her work day, which puts a tremendous demand on developers to create apps to accommodate all the devices.

The increased number of devices, along with the growth of these devices being used by clinicians to treat patients, causes a demand for applications that many organizations can’t develop in-house using traditional development platforms.

Development platforms that are using new means of connecting the apps with the needed data is an option for organizations to consider.

According to Gartner, enterprises are currently seeing a shortage in developers that can build and commit to an application for its entire lifecycle.

"We're seeing demand for mobile apps outstrip available development capacity, making quick creation of apps even more challenging,” said Gartner. “Mobile strategists must use tools and techniques that match the increase in mobile app needs within their organizations."

Low-code and rapid app development platforms are also viable options that address the developer shortage and allow organizations to create enough apps to meet the demand. Low-code development platforms give non-developers a way to help develop their applications.

Users can design their own apps and make sure they meet their usability requirements while staff developers can handle backend and maintenance. This takes pressure off developers, saves money, and gives users the opportunity to create a usable app that’s fine-tuned to their needs.

Healthcare organizations are also finding success with custom applications, which drives the need for more custom applications. Entities need to think about tools that will help speed up the development process without sacrificing the quality and functionality of the applications.