Today at the NextStep event in Boston, OutSystems CEO Paulo Rosado unveiled OutSystems 11, the newest version of the OutSystems low-code development platform.
OutSystems 11 is a transformative alternative for enterprise IT leaders who need to overcome legacy gridlock. The latest release of the industry-leading low-code development platform enables you to address entire portfolios of mobile and web apps, aging core systems, and those over-customized ERP and CRM systems that are critical to your business but are killing your productivity.
Almost two years ago, we announced OutSystems 10, a release specifically designed to help enterprises modernize by allowing for fast development and integration of mobile and web apps. By all accounts, OutSystems 10 was a huge success with our customers, partners, industry analysts, and investors.
With OutSystems 11, we have built on that success with new features and functionality designed to help IT reallocate that 70 percent of the budget that’s going to “keeping the lights on” for legacy applications and to time-consuming (read: expensive) research into dependencies every time something gets updated.
The Future of IT Starts Today
Gartner’s 2018 High Productivity Application Platform as a Service Magic Quadrant report discusses the progression of low-code. It addresses the fact that platforms like OutSystems, which was named a Leader in the report, have evolved from focusing primarily on mobile and web apps into enterprise-class platforms that can address the entire app portfolio.
Gartner wrote, “We see hpaPaaS continuing to accelerate its relevance to enterprise IT, incorporating capabilities for 70 percent to 80 percent of IT application requirements.”
OutSystems research documents how enterprises are struggling to maintain large, aging app portfolios and also how enterprises are starting to use low-code to overcome them. In the face of nimble upstarts unencumbered by deeply ingrained cultures, processes, and layers of code, enterprises are looking at ways to holistically transform their inner-workings, and OutSystems 11 is designed to do just that.
Kicking the Tires of the New OutSystems Platform
There are more new features and tweaks to the previous platform than we can detail here, but there are five key benefits that set OutSystems 11 apart.
We hear time and again that changes to existing code are an exhausting chore for enterprises. And the older and bigger you get, the more complex the interdependencies between architectural components become. This has a cross-team impact, and it plays out over and over again with each new release and update. OutSystems 11 supports modern microservices-based architectures, allowing teams to work independently on smaller functional units. Combining this with cross-portfolio impact analysis lets developers focus on delivering new functionality safely and at the required speed, rather than spending hours validating and fixing cross-architectural code impacts.
Visibility across the entire app portfolio
Even with an impact analysis, in large interconnected systems, problems can arise that aren’t always obvious. Often, they occur gradually, making historical context very important. OutSystems 11 offers embedded monitoring and analytics, accessible via helpful dashboards, so you can identify potential choke points or find services that are impacted, along with the apps tied to those services.
One of the significant benefits of low-code is how easy it is to use, and as a result, it is an excellent resource for organizations wanting to take advantage of citizen developers. But, that also increases the number of cooks in the kitchen and can lead to independent work streams that may or may not have the same goals. OutSystems 11 addresses governance with an entitlement model that extends across all apps and services. Once you model your organization, you can create, allow, and monitor parallel delivery streams for each business area. Even better, you can still create modular, reusable services and share them among teams.
Protecting data across multi-experience touchpoints
Data moves constantly, it rarely rests, and it can be stored in millions of places at the same time. The old paradigms for data security are just not adequate any longer, and most organizations are already stretched thin by trying to keep up their particular industry regulations for security standards. Using OutSystems, IT teams can rest easy. New services that consume data meet residency and compliance requirements. Access control parameters are enforced. Risk assessments are completed before any new service deployment. And encryption and key management processes are in place to prevent confidential data from appearing in clear text—a violation of organizational policy.
Standardizing operations and portability
Whether containers are right for your organization is something only your team can decide. Research predicts that by 2020, the containers market will generate nearly $3 billion annually, so it’s quickly becoming a thing. If containers are on your roadmap, or you’re already using them, OutSystems 11 is ready so you can quickly deploy to leading CaaS and PaaS providers like Amazon ECS, Azure Container Service, Pivotal PAS, and Docker container environments.
Modern UX design without the specialized design resources
Brand recognition is the holy grail of loyalty marketing, and users of previous versions of OutSystem are no doubt familiar with our groundbreaking Silk UI framework. OutSystems 11 offers an entirely redesigned UI framework that lets any organization create coordinated and modern looking—and feeling—apps. The new framework reflects best-in-class UI patterns and screen templates that you can access and customize directly from the OutSystems visual editor. UX and UI teams can define their own live style guides, which ensures consistency in branding and user experience in every aspect of delivery.
Pace Yourself for the Long-Haul With OutSystems Low-Code
Every day, OutSystems helps thousands of customers worldwide streamline their IT business processes, modernize legacy systems, and develop amazing apps that their customers love. Companies like these:
- Schneider Electric launched a “low-code digital factory” that expanded their governance across continents and saved 650 developer hours in the first year alone while cranking out 30 new business apps.
- Fidelidade insurance used OutSystems to modernize core applications by replacing its front end with a modern web-based UI and taking advantage of a service-based architecture to access services from their core mainframe systems.
- Nimbi, a global provider of supply-chain software solutions, estimates they have saved $20 million in platform costs since moving to OutSystems just five years ago.
Our Case Studies pages are full of examples like these. We’d love to help tell your story too.
Want All the Details?
This article is a brief summary of just some of the OutSystems 11 features and benefits. To learn more, check out our Press Release announcing OutSystems 11 and read more about this newest version of the platform that is recognized by Gartner and Forrester as being a Leader in the industry.
Then, we invite you to try OutSystems for yourself and see why it’s the best low-code platform for mobile, web, and core system development.