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Low-code Predictions: On the Right Side of the Digital Tipping Point?

There is a digital tipping point in the market fueled by three converging themes around low-code application development: mobile development is crippling, expectations from business are accelerating, and IT is hitting the productivity wall. How will these play out in 2017? Read the predictions for low-code development.
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Quantifying the ROI of Low-Code Platforms: Is it too good to be true?

There’s a lot of talk today about low-code platforms, and the role they play in unlocking digital transformation through rapid application development. At OutSystems, we have seen first-hand the benefits low-code application development brings to our customers in terms of speed, time-to-market, and competitive advantage. And although these benefits are exciting, we wanted to quantify the real impact faster development times have in terms of cost, benefits, payback, and real return on investment (ROI).

So, a few months ago we set out to find a third party to conduct ROI research with real customers. Our goal was to provide unbiased and completely objective reports on the quantitative benefits of OutSystems. Boston-based Nucleus Research has published more ROI case studies than any other technology research firm. They conduct in-depth assessments of actual deployments to quantify the value a customer received and to tell the story of how they selected, deployed, and adopted a solution. So they were the obvious choice for this project. (more…)

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The Myths of Low-Code: 3 for the Storybooks

This is the third installment of our Leading with Low-Code Blog Series.

Once upon a time, a guy named Thomas Bulfinch wrote a storybook about the Greek and Roman Gods. It promptly became a very big deal and is still being used in universities today to help people understand Homer, Socrates, Pythagoras and other fathers of philosophy, math and algorithms.

Why am I bringing this up in an article about coding? Good question. The answer starts with a simple term: Low-code development. It’s become trendy. It’s a new favorite topic for the big-name analysts. Lots of vendors are offering it. Companies who have long backlogs and customer demands for mobility are eating it up. (more…)

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Why You Should Choose an Enterprise-Grade Low-Code Platform

This is the second installment of our Leading with Low-Code Blog Series.

OutSystems’ Data Model View – One of Many Views any Enterprise-Grade Low-Code Platform Should Offer

In a recent BrainBlog post I discussed the spectrum of low-code/no-code platforms. At the no-code end of this spectrum are tools for business users to create a variety of business applications via straightforward, drag-and-drop style interactions.

At the other extreme, low-code platforms like OutSystems focus on accelerating and streamlining the work of professional developers, as they build enterprise-grade applications.

Fair enough – but what do we mean by enterprise-grade? (more…)

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Meet OutSystems 10: Where Low-Code Speed and Advanced Mobile App Development Converge

We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of OutSystems 10 — a breakthrough release for our business and the industry. It’s the first low-code application development platform with advanced capabilities for enterprise mobile applications. In fact, with OutSystems 10, any developer can now build the types of secure, scalable apps that in the past only highly skilled software engineers were capable of creating. In other words, with this new release, we’re making digital transformation a whole lot easier.
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The Alchemy of IoT

And everything you ever need to know about the Internet of Things

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The practice of alchemy has captured the imagination of people for thousands of years. Even though most of its practitioners were interested in the transformation of lead into gold, the real transformation at the foundation of alchemy was a spiritual one.

The transformation IoT promises is one that makes technology seamless and transparent to the point of becoming almost invisible. This is, for me, the alchemy of our days.

How can you capture this somewhat elusive spirit of transformation, creation and combination when you’re talking about the Internet of Things? What is the transmutation that we can aspire to, what is the lead we’re starting with and what is the gold that we’re trying to achieve?

We need to start by understanding what the Internet of Things is. Because everyone knows what the internet is, let’s start by understanding what these Things are, then.

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The Top 5 Ways We’re Transforming Enterprise Mobility with OutSystems

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Every business has a vision. But, executing on that vision can be challenging, especially when digital transformation is involved. That’s where Green Lemon Company comes in. We provide guidance and breakthrough technology that help our clients resolve the roadblocks and bottlenecks that hinder their progress.

OutSystems is focused on meeting the challenges of digital transformation, mobility, and faster delivery cycles with a low-code application development platform. OutSystems is a natural fit as a Green Lemon partner.

Together, we help maxed out IT departments increase their velocity while meeting the ever-growing demand they face for enterprise mobile applications. So, here are five ways we do this. (more…)

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The Time Has Come for Low-Code Platforms

This is the first installment of our Leading with Low-Code Blog Series.

The notion thatThe Time Has Come for Low-Code Platforms a suitably sophisticated platform might ease the custom coding work of software developers has been around for many years.

Fourth-generation languages (4GLs) like PowerBuilder and Delphi touted such ease of development, opening up enterprise software creation to less seasoned application creators while simplifying and accelerating the work of their more experienced colleagues. (more…)

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Emotional Design – Adding a Little Cherry on Top of Your Product’s UX

Last year I took part in a workshop about emotional intelligence with a group of software engineers. Engineers believe in systematic thinking, algorithms and analytics. They don’t believe in emotions. When the workshop’s instructor asked if psychology was a science, they giggled. That’s a very common reaction.

One of my favourite TED talks is one by Dr. Guy Winch. He’s spent 9 years earning his doctorate. When he meets new people, the conversation usually goes something like this: (more…)

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Digital Tipping Point – Why You Should Care About the Latest News from Forrester, Gartner, and SIIA (CODiE Awards)

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We’ve reached a digital tipping point.

Last week, the 2016 CODiE Awards were announced. Of course we’re thrilled to win the Best Mobile Development Solution award, because it recognizes the craftsmanship of our hundreds of engineers as well as the innovative customers who have inspired us. Who doesn’t like a nice trophy?

But there’s something much bigger brewing. The CODiEs, the latest Forrester Wave on low-code development platforms, and the upcoming Gartner research on mobile development platforms are all pointing to one big thing.   (more…)