Alternative to Mendix & Outsystems



WaveMaker Vs Mendix Vs Outsystems

Like WaveMaker Rapid, both Mendix and OutSystems are Rapid Application Development / LowCode Development tools, enabling enterprises to create web and mobile applications 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, application development and IT modernization.

How WaveMaker outpaces its competitors?

Criteria WaveMaker Competitors
No Vendor Lockin
API Driven Development
Container based cloud environment
Continuous Delivery
IDE Interoperability
Developer based Pricing
No predatory pricing
Micro-service Architected Apps
Support for multiple VCS vendors

What distinguishes WaveMaker from Mendix and Outsystems?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Do not get caught into predatory App User Based Pricing, which hinders future business scalability. After the 30-day trial period, unlike Outsystems and Mendix, enterprises are charged based on a modest per developer-based pricing. Unlimited apps, unlimited users, for the best optimal cost you pay.

Leverage native support for Micro Service Architected Apps for the entire app life cycle (i.e. development to production) and be future ready with next generation apps.

WaveMaker Rapid ensures that you can choose/continue to use your own version control system. This help you to save time and also speeds up the entire process. We support multiple VCS vendors unlike our competitors: Mendix or Outsystems.


  • Templates
  • Layouts
  • Themes
  • Custom Styles


  • Visual RAD
  • Mobile Hybrid & Offline Sync
  • API Designer
  • DB Designer
  • Test & Preview


  • Enterprise Developer Network
  • Private VCS
  • Project Sharing
  • Version Control


  • Prefabs
  • Auto-generated REST APIs
  • Web Services
  • Security Providers


  • One-Click Deploy
  • Release Management
  • Public, Private or Own Data Center
  • Continuous Integration


  • Application Management & Monitoring
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Users & Groups

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