Mendix is one of the best known low code platforms. It is also the most enterprise-ready platform. Did you know Mendix validates flows and is open, flexible, intuitive, scalable and robust?
A downside of Mendix is the pricing model. Mendix is free to try, but if you want to build and use a simple application (like automating a spreadsheet), you will need the Basic-plan. Most companies choose Standard as it provides all the key features for the application life cycle. You can also deploy the application in the cloud. The Standard-plan starts at 800 euro a month for 1 app or 2.000 euro a month for unlimited apps. You also pay per user (10 euro or 25 euro).
There are many Mendix alternatives, but the best known alternative is OutSystems. OutSystems has an intuitive development environment. Templates, sample data and building blocks allow a user to quickly build an application. Elements are also easy to use, such as text and ‘if else’ statements. We also find that automatic bug testing works very well. There are a few downsides as well. Start-up costs are slightly higher, but do not increase quickly after scaling. Another downside is the lack of a local test environment. Working in the cloud can be a bit slower and therefore the development of an application will be longer.
Microsoft PowerApps is also a Mendix competitor. PowerApps is the best choice if you want to develop simple applications (for instance: an application to reserve a meeting room), but there are limits when you want to build a more complicated application. Often you have to buy a more expensive Microsoft-product to design an app. Debugging can be difficult at times, there are not many templates and the documentation is not great. A pro of PowerApps is the fact that it can be used by most business users. It is not only for skilled programmers.
Pega is another low code development platform and is a Mendix competitor. Pega is a stable and reliable multidimensional platform that can automate the digital journeys of customers. Pega is a bit hard to understand and may require a training to be productive. However, processes, procedures, data models and user interfaces are automated in such a way that software components can be reused efficiently. Another downside is that it’s not as fast as Mendix.
Appian is an integrated low-code platform that enables application creation and digital transformation for any type of business or enterprise. The pros of Appian are the flexible local integration, strong features for the financial industry and the easy setup. There are a few downsides. The graphical user interface could be simplified, it’s not easy to learn, the SQL database connection could be improved and authoring tool is slow to use. Both Mendix and Appian allow developers to build enterprise-grade apps that can be connected to many third-party applications and data sources.
Do you find it difficult to make a choice? Please contact the developers of GDK Software. We are happy to help you and advise you!