OutSystems: Bridging business process automation and low-code development

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OutSystems is a ‘low-code’ model-driven application platform, built from the ground over the past 15 years. Initially offered purely as an on-premises product, OutSystems introduced cloud hosting for its platform in 2013 and now offers its platform as a service on AWS (OutSystems Cloud) and via customer self-service on Microsoft Azure. OutSystems bridges two worlds very effectively indeed: first, the world of business process automation; and second, the world of rapid, low-code application development.

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Model-driven application development with added mobile, cloud and process platform capabilities

OutSystems is a ‘low-code’ model-driven application platform, built from the ground over the past 15 years. OutSystems comprises an integrated suite of application design, development, QA, deployment and management tools that aim to support your organisation across the full application lifecycle – for applications with web and native mobile front-ends, and also for applications that are driven by automated business processes.

Initially offered purely as an on-premises product, OutSystems introduced cloud hosting for its platform in 2013 and now offers its platform as a service on AWS (OutSystems Cloud) and via customer self-service on Microsoft Azure.

Explore OutSystems, particularly if you want to build collections of new cross-platform process applications

OutSystems bridges two worlds very effectively indeed: first, the world of business process automation; and second, the world of rapid, low-code application development. When combined with very strong features that not only help you with the development of mobile apps (including offline working capabilities) but also their deployment and management, the ability to deploy applications on-premise as well as in a variety of cloud-based configurations, and an architecture that supports extensive asset reuse, this is an offering with a lot of compelling capabilities.

It’s also worth highlighting product pricing. Given its functional capabilities, OutSystems stands out in its ability to license you a platform in a way that truly scales your investment with your need and your return.

Introducing OutSystems

Founded in 2001 in Portugal by current CEO Paulo Rosado, OutSystems (depending on your preferred terminology) is a low-code / rapid application development (RAD) platform for enterprise applications. Initially offered purely as an on-premises product, OutSystems introduced cloud hosting for its platform in 2013 and now offers its platform as a service (OutSystems Cloud) and via customer self-service on Microsoft Azure.

The company took on $55m in funding from North Bridge Growth Equity in 2016, and is using this funding to invest significantly in sales, marketing and product development. Prior to this OutSystems took around $3m in funding in 2007 (to support international expansion), and a similar amount in 2005.

OutSystems’ recent funding has fuelled significant growth, and in 2016 the company’s software revenue grew 50% – yielding over $100m total sales in the year. It added 178 new customers to its roster, and now has customers operating in 43 countries, across 22 industries. Outside its native Portugal, OutSystems now has additional offices in the USA, UK, UAE, Singapore, Australia, Netherlands and Japan.

The company pitches OutSystems principally as a vehicle for digital transformation – a way for organisations to rapidly build ‘systems of engagement’ that support digital customer journeys across mobile and web channels, and that link new online experiences to existing enterprise systems. It’s built its tools in a way that allows technical developers to create sophisticated and specialised application functionality, but that also allows relatively non-technical ‘citizen developers’ to quickly build moderately sophisticated applications, while also making use of components built and managed by more technical teams.


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