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Analysts Rate the Best 14 Rapid App Dev Platforms (Low-Code Development)

For the past few years, visionary developers, enterprise architects, and CIOs have started a quiet revolution. They have discovered the secret to operating at two speeds between conservative legacy systems and innovative systems that support digital business.

When Marc Andreessen said “Software is eating the world,” it was before the mobile IT revolution. Yet this remains true, every business today must rapidly innovate to reflect the way they engage with customer journeys – delivering new apps quickly!

A secret of many leading-edge organizations is their use of low-code development to hack their growth path on the road to digital business. This requires a fundamental change in how apps are built and delivered. Low-code platforms radically accelerate that journey. They unlock innovation and expand development ability beyond IT to business teams, helping reduce backlog and compress delivery times from months to weeks. At OutSystems, we have a clear purpose to create technology that accelerates digital transformation.

Finally, the first report on top rapid development platforms

It is big news that Forrester recently published the most comprehensive study to date about the top rapid app development platform vendors.

The Forrester Wave: Low-Code Development Platforms, Q2 2016 presents a comprehensive review of the 14 leading vendors using 26-criteria evaluation. This work leveraged an initial market landscape review of 42 vendors, classified in five segments: general-purpose, process, mobile-first, request-handling, and database.  

Forrester defines low-code platforms as: “Platforms that enable rapid delivery of business applications with a minimum of hand-coding and minimal upfront investment in setup, training, and deployment.”

We believe the report supports what our customers have been experiencing – that OutSystems lives up to the low-code promise with:

  • Speed of delivery, even for complex applications
  • A strong commitment to rapid, low-code tooling for all aspects of application development, delivery and maintenance
  • The most comprehensive and advanced platform for application management and administration
  • A development environment that enables the use of existing resources or non-traditional development talent

These leading-edge companies have chosen OutSystems, because they trust the Platform to continuously deliver mobile and web apps rapidly in line with  business innovation and accelerating it all the way into widely adopted mission-critical systems.

Customers and community validated the leaders

This new report explored minute details with many end-user organizations, some of which even used multiple products. As you can see the position is clear: OutSystems Leads this category, backed by a customer base that trusts our Platform to deliver real innovation.

In the report, OutSystems received the highest score in the current offering category and in the strategy category. Given that this objective comparison includes other leading vendors like Salesforce, Appian and K2, of course we are thrilled to share these results with our developer community and all the customers that co-created OutSystems Platform.

These are exciting times for OutSystems, and things are going to keep getting better.
For our developers, customers and partners, I’d like to thank you for creating this journey!

PS: For those not familiar with it, OutSystems Platform provides application delivery and change with extraordinary speed in an environment that ensures ongoing flexibility and evolution. Its security standards are proven with some of the largest financial companies in the world, it provides the scalability required for massive B2C solutions, and it offers the management features needed for IT to keep the systems adaptable, reliable and stable while providing continuous delivery.  

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The Forrester Wave: Low-Code Development Platforms

 

About the author

Miguel Lopes

A passionate product owner, Miguel is focused on creating value for enterprise customers through business-focused technology. After 20 years in software in the US, Europe and South America, he is currently crossing the chasm for RADically faster technology that revolutionizes the creation and delivery of enterprise applications for mobile or web.

Comments

Back in 2003 when I joined OutSystems, I remember having a 2 hour training session with one of our engineers who showed me how the platform worked. My first impact was pure shock: being a software engineer used to hand code, I could not believe the level of productivity the platform provided. 13 years after that first experience, I look back and realize how visionary the engineering and management teams were, building a product that was way ahead of it’s time, loaded with innovation. This report from Forrester is proof that their vision was right and has matured into a market recognized by the industry. Kudos to the whole team who for many years has been working so hard to create this amazing platform!

Jim Henley

I am unfamiliar with this program. Do you have a demo product to use? Thanks Jim

Nuno Teles

Yes you can try it at https://www.outsystems.com/get-started/.

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