Enterprise Application Development

Solve complex business challenges by building impactful apps at speed and scale

Build software solutions to drive business outcomes

IT departments across the globe are seeking to deliver applications at speed and scale to meet key business objectives such as:

  • improving customer engagement and experiences
  • increasing collaboration and efficiency
  • migrating to the cloud
  • future-proofing business processes

But the demand for enterprise applications is expanding beyond IT’s ability to deliver. Resources are stretched, and legacy systems and outdated delivery methods hinder growth.

The why of increasing application velocity is obvious, but the how is less so. Enterprises face too many roadblocks on the path toward better software development.

App development barriers meant to be broken

  • Legacy Systems & Applications

    Legacy solutions and monoliths impede an organization’s ability to keep pace with the business. These systems are difficult to maintain, hard to change, and incompatible with new technologies and changes in business processes, often resulting in high costs and increased tech debt.

  • Talent & Resource Shortages

    Highly skilled developers are hard to find and harder to retain. Those dedicated to maintaining legacy systems and building common applications aren’t given the opportunity to challenge themselves or expand their skill sets. This leads to a high churn rate and difficulties attracting top talent.

  • Business-IT Communication Gaps

    Requirements for applications are not always communicated clearly from the business to IT. And because creating custom applications takes a major time investment, these requirements often evolve as the solution is being built, resulting in an application that falls short of the mark.

  • Challenges Adapting to Agile

    Development, quality assurance, and operations work in silos with traditional waterfall methodology, causing a lack of visibility into the application development lifecycle. This causes production delays, poor app quality, and higher costs.

How Low-Code Powers Enterprise Application Development

Low-code makes it easy to meet rapidly evolving business needs and accelerate the speed and scope of application development. Applications that once took months or years to develop can be deployed in just weeks by using a low-code application platform (LCAP).

LCAPs incorporate software development best practices to optimize the entire development process and accelerate delivery. Organizations are then able to:

  • increase developer productivity with low-code attributes such as visual user interfaces, reusable components, platform extensibility, and workflow editors.
  • ensure app quality and consistency with automated testing.
  • build an app once and deliver seamless user experiences across mobile, desktop, and tablet.
  • deliver maintainable solutions that are easy to scale on cloud-native architecture.
  • incorporate an Agile way of working and a DevOps culture.
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Accelerate App Delivery with the
Mendix Low-Code Platform

The Mendix low-code application development Platform helps IT overcome resource and systems challenges to accelerate every step of enterprise application development with features and capabilities including:

  • Rapid Development & Deployment

    Visual, model-driven development environments and Agile methodology accelerate the application development lifecycle. Tools and services standard for DevOps are available out of the box or are fully automated in the Platform.

  • Endless Integration Capabilities

    Mendix is open and extensible with reusable components and the ability to incorporate custom code as needed. Platform APIs make it easy to connect disparate systems and integrate data and logic from any source or service.

  • Version Control & App Quality

    With support for SVN and Git, Mendix version control streamlines development and helps maintain efficiency. Multiple developers can work on the same project in parallel without friction, including visually handling conflicts and updates. Efficient test automation helps you keep track of app model consistency, quality, and performance.

  • Multi-Cloud Native by Default

    Mendix apps are containerized, portable, and able to run in any environment. Scale with one-click deployment to public, private, and hybrid clouds or on-premises systems. Instant backup and recovery are also available out-of-the-box.

  • Built-In Collaboration Tools

    Quickly and easily involve end users and stakeholders in the application development process. Mendix supports cross-departmental communication with feedback management, Agile project management, and other tools to streamline collaboration.

  • Marketplace & Community Support

    Mendix has a strong, thriving community of 180K+ members. Access useful, reusable widgets and modules created by Mendix, our partners, and our community in the Mendix Marketplace.

Mendix is the leader in low-code development

Check out the latest Forrester Wave™ to see why Mendix has the highest score in the current low-code offering category.

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£280K efficiency savings/year

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is application development?

    Application development refers to the process of creating web or mobile software solutions for a specific need. With enterprise application development the process involves creating apps for business purposes, such as automating workflows or modernizing legacy systems. Ideating, planning, designing, building, testing, integrating, and deploying are all part of the application development lifecycle.

  • What is an application development platform?

    An application development platform provides the tools and technology necessary to design, develop, implement, and maintain web and mobile applications. These platforms provide development environments that make it possible to build custom business applications in house.

  • What is low-code application development?

    Low-code application development is an approach that requires little or no coding expertise. Instead of complex programming languages, low-code platforms feature intuitive development toolkits and visual interfaces that people of all coding skill levels use to develop custom applications.

  • What are the challenges of enterprise application development?

    Enterprise application development is often seen as a challenge because many businesses have a lack of resources, inefficient or broken lifecycle management processes, problems with legacy systems, departmental silos, and/or communication issues. Enterprises also have evolving business needs, a high volume of data, limited resources, and complex integration requirements that can prolong the development process and delay deployment.

    Low-code application development platforms alleviate these challenges. Features of low-code platforms include visual modeling, project management tools, pre-built templates and widgets, and other tools that enable rapid development and deployment. Low-code takes a visual, user-friendly approach that people of all coding skill levels can understand.

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