Bseirani performed a cost-benefit analysis to determine a course of action. “It was a no-brainer for us. It made financial sense to abandon tens of millions of dollars of investment and adopt a low-code approach to development,” Bseirani says.
He explains: “It wasn’t a question of ‘Why low-code?’ but ‘Why not low code?’ Low-code wipes out a lot of our architectural and technical debt. Instead of focusing on development, it frees us up to focus on innovation, design, user experience, and customer experience. Those are the most important things, and you need a great platform that will help your engineers focus on them.”
Avertra thoroughly assessed the vendors identified by Gartner as market leaders in the low-code development space. Avertra’s developers built the same application in each platform and evaluated the platforms based on a variety of criteria, including ease of troubleshooting. Bseirani wanted to know how easily and quickly his team would be able to solve problems on each platform. “From a troubleshooting standpoint, Mendix was by far the most powerful platform in terms of how fast we’re able to solve as well as educate ourselves about a problem,” he says.
“We wanted to make sure that we'd be able to integrate with things like SAP and Watson for cognitive services.”—Bashir Bseirani
Scalability was also key for Bseirani: “Our goal is for MiUtility.com to become the Salesforce.com of the utility industry. We felt super confident that Mendix could deliver the extensibility and scalability we need to do that.”
Bseirani also sought a platform with the most flexibility, which is important for ensuring that MiUtility can continue to support energy and utility companies well into the future. “We wanted to make sure that we’d be able to integrate with things like SAP and Watson for cognitive services,” Bseirani says. “We wanted to bring in machine-learning components.”
At the end of Avertra’s product evaluations, they chose Mendix. “We liked the Mendix story, because it reminded us of ourselves. We’re both innovators that are thinking in a different way, and trying to stand out as the market leader where there are bigger players,” Bseirani says.