A mindful approach to modern application delivery requires a renewed approach to vendor selection. At WaveMaker, we understand that the transformational nature of Rapid Application Development platforms, and appreciate the decision-making complexity involved at enterprises such as yours. Thus, enterprises should seek partners who take a shared risk, are invested in their success, rather than vendors, who do not adopt a reward approach precisely because they’re not in it for the long haul.
When evaluating RAD or low-code platforms, you will come across several “leading”, “open” and “enterprise-class” tools such as Mendix and OutSystems. At first, all such platforms may look similar but a closer look reveals fundamental differences in the approach of each of the vendors. Whether you are looking for an alternative to Mendix and OutSystems or are evaluating the capabilities of these tools, ensure that you consider the criteria outlined here and map the delivery capabilities of future partners when choosing an enterprise application delivery platform.
WaveMaker vs Mendix vs OutSystems
Like WaveMaker, both Mendix and OutSystems are Rapid Application Development tools that enable citizen and professional developers to create web and mobile apps using a visual development environment. But that is where the similarities end. Before diving into a feature-by-feature comparison, beware of the following critical shortcomings of Mendix and OutSystems, which rule them out as a true partner for digital transformation and innovation.
|Criteria||Why WaveMaker outscores Mendix and Outsystems?|
Is the platform based on open standards or proprietary technologies?
|While both Mendix and OutSystems claim “No Vendor Lock-in”, the reality is that both tools use proprietary technologies making the generated code, including platform libraries, unmaintainable without deep knowledge of the inner working of the platform. Meanwhile, applications developed on the WaveMaker are based on proven open source technologies that are trusted by millions of developers around the world. Moreover, WaveMaker platform libraries are available under open source license.|
Does the platform make it easier to create, share and consume APIs?
|Mendix and OutSystems provide support to connect to APIs but that is the extent of the role APIs play in their tools. Meanwhile, WaveMaker takes an API-first approach to application development. APIs are automatically generated and published for the application business logic. Developers can easily create, share and consume APIs and effortlessly bind to UI components.|
Does the platform simplify integration with external systems?
|With Mendix and OutSystems, the overall integration experience is cumbersome at best. For instance, you have to use multiple tools for integration and due to a non-standard data model, database integration sometimes requires writing custom Java code. WaveMaker has been designed with the reality that most business data is stored in disparate, proprietary systems. Hence, WaveMaker provides a host of out-of-the-box integrations to instantly add powerful functionality to your apps. You can also create custom integrations, called Prefabs, and reuse them across apps.|
Can you deploy and export applications to the platform of our choice?
|Like WaveMaker, both Mendix and OutSystems provide deployment to public cloud, private cloud and on-premise environment. However, only WaveMaker provides the ability to export WAR files of your applications allowing you to deploy applications independently, which WaveMaker the most flexible application delivery platform.|
Can you export the code to an external IDE and re-import it to the platform?
|Another determinant of flexibility and openness is the ability to export project code to external IDEs and re-import it to the platform. Unlike OutSystems, both WaveMaker and Mendix offer two-way IDE interoperability. However, only WaveMaker goes all the way by offering an open source runtime library, making deeper customizations free from lock-in.|
Does the platform generate applications that stand the test of time and are maintainable?
|Mendix and OutSystems come with the baggage of legacy RAD that relied on proprietary or older technology stack for the generated applications. Consequently, applications may not be future-proof and is akin to investing in yet another legacy platform. However, WaveMaker generates code that follows design patterns, is well-organized, uses standard naming conventions and generates documentation that developers can understand and maintain. Moreover, WaveMaker auto-enables microservices and facilitates a composable architecture for enterprises.|
How does the platform lend to customization essential for the myriad enterprise use cases?
|Both Mendix and OutSystems have good capabilities for the simpler use cases and needs of citizen developers. Unfortunately, this advantage comes at the cost of customization and flexibility. However, creating complex, real-world enterprise applications requires a platform to appeal equally to citizen as well as professional developers. Hence, the WaveMaker platform supports ‘2-pass development’ that lets business users first create the applications and then the technical team can take over for customization needs, if any.|
Beyond Comparison: Try WaveMaker and see it for yourself
WaveMaker has been a reliable partner to enterprises across the globe deliver on their digital transformation effort at two levels:
- Innovate: Enable business units to build their own apps but on technologies sanctioned by IT by making sure that the tools to create new applications are widely available and easy to consume.
- Renovate: Modernize existing enterprise systems and long tail applications by liberating them from proprietary technologies using a low-code, platform driven approach.
WaveMaker platform is proven choice for both innovation and renovation because of the following reasons:
- Visual development that delivers web and mobile apps at the speed of business
- Instant migration of legacy applications based on proprietary technologies such as Lotus Notes, MS Access, Oracle Forms, etc.
- Centralized IT for all the applications with hassle-free continuous integration and release management
- Single platform that works for business users as well as professional developers
- Future-proof platform that is based on open standards and technologies trusted by millions of developers
- No vendor lock in with flexible deployment and export options
- Offers the lowest total cost of ownership and transparent pricing