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I have been doing rapid prototyping for web and mobile applications for a few years now. The answer to the question above is a definite YES! If the user can “play” the prototype on the device it will be used on; they will be more likely to see things that need to adjusted. “Play” includes viewing pages, entering data into forms, interacting and navigation. This article from Justinmind’s Emily Grace Adiseshiah explains better than I can, more of the justification for real Rapid Prototyping web and mobile applications. As a designer, I’m a big fan of Justinmind and use it every day. As a developer, I could write prototype scaffolding that could become the framework for the actual application. While this may save a little time; Justinmind adds a collaboration layer that makes interaction with the user simple. Recently Justinmind and Atlassian’s JIRA announced requirements integration which allows the prototype to feed the requirements to the developers via of JIRA’s. If you’re going to be agile then you have to seriously consider rapid prototyping.
Tell me it isn’t so. Self-Service BI is already old news. This article in Solutions Reviews claims this. The report found that 67 percent of IT respondents have already provided self-service solutions to their end users, with access to these tools is up 21 percent in two years. Though access to self-service has never been greater, enterprises are foregoing this route, and adoption has declined more than 20 percent during the same period. Logi Analytics believes that the self-service pendulum is swinging back in the other direction, citing lack of value to the broader market of users. Are end users rejecting open stand-alone solutions to analyze data?