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Enable Collaborative Application Lifecycle Management

Increasing application project success requires the business to be in lock-step with the end-to-end application lifecycle. Without integrated collaboration tools, expectations between what customers need and what developers deliver remain misaligned and impact overall business performance.

Mendix is the only low-code platform that brings your business and IT teams together so you build the apps your business needs with:

Open and transparent requirements management flowing through every part of the platform to support an agile and iterative approach to application development.

Purpose built development environments sharing a common model complement the mindset of the business to create applications through the web alongside professional developers with the skillset to build complex enterprise applications using a fully integrated toolset. Integrated messaging and collaborative development capabilities enable business and IT developers to iterate in real-time enhancing application quality and shortening time to market.

The Mendix mobile application enables agility and open communication with social feed capabilities for users to share comments directly with the development team during testing and validation. Developers get the message and make rapid changes in real time vs. waiting to receive feedback after the app has been deployed into production.

Every Mendix application deploys with an integrated feedback module turned on by default. The voice of the customer is the key to application adoption because you need to know how they feel to achieve success and advantage. Feedback captured through the Mendix feedback module flows throughout the entire platform, enabling developers to communicate directly with users, review items in the portal, prioritize them into requirements, and address them in the modelers.

No other low-code platform implements end-to-end collaborative application lifecycle management like Mendix.

Increase developer supply to meet application demand

The talent shortage for software engineers shows no signs of slowing. Colleges aren’t graduating computer science students in numbers to fill the 400,000+ open software engineering roles today. Compounding the problem is the ever-increasing demand for new applications within the enterprise to remain competitive in a software driven world. Focusing only on making your existing pool of developers faster may help drive down backlog in the short-term, but it doesn’t relieve the pressure in the long term. The better approach is to choose a low-code platform designed to support a continuum of developers to build applications. Mendix provides purpose-built development environments to make it easy enough for the business to build applications without needing technical skills while supplying professional developers with a comprehensive development toolset capable of tackling the toughest application development challenges.

The Developer Continuum

Mendix Studio

Engage the business in application development with the web modeler.

  • Create applications with engaging user interfaces with no code
  • Drag and Drop UI, Logic, and Data
  • Accelerate learning and development with AI assisted guidance
  • Collaborate with professional developers to implement advanced features

Mendix Studio Pro

Deliver a first-class development environment for professional developers.

  • Build sophisticated mobile, web, and multi-channel applications with a feature-rich low-code IDE
  • Low-level control allows building apps and extensions through code IDEs like Eclipse using a comprehensive API toolset
  • Architect microservices and integrations with ease using OData, REST, SOAP, and Plugin SDK
  • Share best practice with citizen developers and help complete enterprise applications

Create true native mobile applications

Hybrid mobile applications may seem like an obvious choice for development teams short on mobile expertise. But even the best-designed hybrid apps lack the zippiness and rich interactivity of consumer-grade applications. Plus, developers spend valuable cycles mimicking native behavior, and still fall short of delivering applications with the performance and features that users expect.

Because of these limitations, there is less community support for hybrid app-based frameworks compared to other frameworks. In contrast, frameworks for true native mobile development (like React Native) have seen immense growth in publicly-available extensions, such as connectors, UI enhancements, and other integrations.

With Mendix’s low-code native mobile platform built on React Native, you can empower developers without iOS/Android experience to rapidly deliver native mobile apps. Develop apps that deliver consumer-grade experiences:

Native styling, animations, gestures and controls

Features, like FaceID, Fingerprint, Bluetooth, and NFC

Offline-first access

Maximize extensibility and openness

Connecting people and giving them the right tools go a long way toward realizing the agility and scale you need to digitize your enterprise. Selecting a platform that supports modern architecture principles and enables DevOps automation in your existing toolchains and workloads is paramount to maximizing agility and scale throughout the application lifecycle.

Built using open standards including Scala, Java, HTML5, CSS3, React, OpenAPI, OData, and REST to support seamless integration and extensibility for now and into the future.

Cloud native architecture of the Mendix cloud includes high availability, horizontal and vertical scaling, and automatic failover and fall back out of the box.

Enables developers to build an application once and deploy it on-premises, to public or private clouds, or a combination multi-cloud scenarios using CloudFoundry or Docker and Kubernetes build packs.

The low-code partner of choice for SAP and IBM, offering connectivity to application services, standards-based data integrations, application templates, single sign-on, and 1-click deployment to their cloud platforms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can both business users and professional developers use a low-code platform?

    Mendix low-code platform enables business users (citizen developers) and professional developers to create multi-experience applications for web, mobile, AR/VR, wearables, etc. using drag-and-drop components and model-driven logic through an easy to understand graphic user interface.

    Mendix is the first and only low-code platform capable of serving business users and professional developers. Mendix offers two IDEs with different development experiences – Mendix Studio Pro offers advanced tooling and granular control for professional developers. Mendix Studio offers a WYSIWYG editor for business users. The two IDEs can sync work both ways allowing for the joint development of applications by business and IT.

    Business users or citizen developers can contribute and make easy changes to large IT-led projects or build simple business apps with Mendix Studio. While professional developers can use Mendix Studio Pro to build a vast variety of enterprise use cases ranging from native mobile apps, customer engagement portals, to mission-critical systems running factories, and more.

    OutSystems offers Service Studio, a single installable IDE built for professional developers.

  • How Generated Code still means proprietary lock-in?

    When generated code requires platform libraries to run, that’s lock-in. When generated code cannot be easily edited, that’s lock-in. When generated code cannot be used to maintain an app, that’s lock-in too.

    The generated code from OutSystems has no reverse engineering process to get applications from generated code back into the low-code platform. So, there’s no way to go back and the only option would be throwing away the app that the code was generated for.

    Mendix addresses the lock-in challenge at its core, protecting your investment, even if you decide to leave. Mendix will publish all application models in an open model specification. The Mendix Model API and Platform SDK provide access to your core application artifacts from the outside, facilitating model export for reuse on a different target platform, including Java and .NET. In addition, you can always come back to the Mendix platform and redeploy your models.

  • How does Mendix offer real container-native architecture?

    Mendix platform’s stateless server architecture supports on-demand vertical and horizontal scaling, while our public cloud provides self-service scaling and is highly available (HA) by default.

    Mendix container apps are truly cloud-native and follow Twelve-Factor App architecture principles. This contrasts OutSystems that is the best fit mainly for Azure deployment, due to underlying use of .Net. Mendix containers are truly cloud agnostic without having to patch Microsoft Windows Server or MS SQL database that’s force-bundled into OutSystems containers.

    Additionally, OutSystems shares one database for all apps leading to an infrastructure scaling bottleneck. It also means that different apps and containers can no longer autonomously modify their data models by being tightly coupled to other services.

    Mendix container-native apps can be easily deployed and monitored on hybrid cloud infrastructure.

  • What advantages does Native Mobile provide?

    Mendix low-code native mobile platform is built on React Native. Developers without iOS/Android experience can use the Mendix low-code platform to rapidly deliver native mobile apps that deliver consumer-grade experiences.

    With native mobile you can:

    • Use native styling, animations, gestures and controls on mobile phones
    • Integrate mobile features, like FaceID, fingerprint, Bluetooth, and NFC
    • Use offline-first access to load your mobile apps faster
  • How can development teams work at scale on enterprise-sized apps?

    With advanced versioning, branching, and merging, Mendix allows developers to easily collaborate while working on sophisticated applications. Users can:

    • Commit every change
    • Tie model/code changes to a user story
    • Branch application model/code to keep advance work independent from each other
    • Merge numerous changes into mainline
    • See traceability of every change historically made on the Mendix app
    • Revert to old versions when you need to restore previous application state
  • What security certifications are provided with a low-code platform?

    Certifications
    Mendix is ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certified. ISO/IEC 27001:2013 specifies the requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving an information security management system and includes requirements for the assessment and treatment of information security risk tailored to the needs of Mendix and our customers.

    Attestation Reports
    Mendix has obtained the following assurance reports with a focus on information security controls:

    • ISAE 3402 Type II – The ISAE 3402 report is an international standard that focuses on a service organization’s (security)controls that are likely to be relevant to an audit of a user entity’s (customer’s) financial statements.
    • SOC 1 Type II – The SOC 1 report is a US standard that focuses on a service organization’s (security)controls that are likely to be relevant to an audit of a user entity’s (customer’s) financial statements.
    • SOC 2 Type II – The SOC 2 report addresses a service organization’s controls that relate to operations and compliance, as outlined by the AICPA’s Trust Services criteria in relation to availability and security, two of the 5 Trust Service principles.

    Our assurance reports are available for (prospective) customers upon request under NDA. Please send an email with your request to support@mendix.com or ask your Mendix Account Executive for a copy of the latest reports.

  • What partnerships does Mendix have with SAP and IBM?

    SAP
    Mendix has a close partnership with SAP for Solution Extension. With this partnership, SAP has fully adopted the Mendix Platform as its own rapid application development platform to extend SAP solutions like SAP Business Suite, SAP S/4HANA, SAP SuccessFactors, and more. Customers of SAP will be able to benefit from their existing or new investments using the best-in-class system of record of SAP while being flexible enough to make required business changes in order to stay competitive and differentiate in the market.

    IBM
    IBM has selected Mendix as the standard low-code development platform to be used on top of the IBM Cloud. Based on the shared vision of Mendix, IBM and cloud technologies like Cloud Foundry and Kubernetes, Mendix Platform is a natural fit on top of IBM Cloud.

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