Model-Driven Platform vs. Traditional App Development: Which is Best?

Enterprise mobile apps, for the most part, follow the traditional software development model. The app goes through an approval process to identify requirements; the app gets designed; code is written; and a lengthy testing period is followed, finally, by deployment.


There is inevitably a mismatch between end-user expectations and what is actually developed. Regardless of which tool you use to build an app, the scope of all phases of development leads to ambiguity in the final product.

Problems of Traditional Development for Mobile Apps

The legendary tree-swing cartoon of traditional software development should be considered in every project.


The problem of ambiguity becomes even more acute with mobile apps. Users expectations for mobile apps are to get a perfect app, the first time, and to get it very quickly. There is little room to clarify misunderstandings or to rectify mistakes with such rapid turnaround expectations.

The results of rushed mobile app development in the traditional app development approach is a low adoption rate from business users.

Model-Driven Mobile App Development

A model-driven architecture, in contrast to traditional development, eliminates tedious steps and ensures the app that was designed is the app that is delivered. Utilizing a model-driven platform will keep the design and code in sync and consistent at all times.

One of the main benefits of using a model-driven approach to mobile app development is that the quality of the code is not dependent on the skill of the individual developer or their understanding of the essential requirements. Essentially, what you see in the model is what you get in the code.

This approach also reduces time between requirement identification and deployment. Not only do developers get faster turnaround times, they also enjoy real-time stakeholder feedback early in the development process. This allows them to deliver exactly what the end-user really needs the first time without time-consuming iterations.

A Model-Driven Platform-as-a-Service

The appsFreedom platform features a model-driven architecture, and allows end users to experience the app very early in the design process.

Our clients love the real-time feedback because, even if the business users miscommunicated the requirements or critical processes were missed during the design process. Filling the gaps and rectifying mistakes early in the process ensures the business users always get a mobile app that meets their needs.

Our model-driven architecture ensures complete code-consistency. Deploying high-quality code reduces quality cycles and builds confidence with the business user community. Users are much happier when they are confident what they get will always work the way it’s designed to.

While the appsFreedom platform may not be the perfect fit for everyone, we recommend taking a test drive of our model-driven platform. This way, you can make the best decision on choosing the best tool to build quality mobile apps as fast as possible.