Announcing the Top Rated Low-Code Development Platforms for 2019

April 3rd, 2019 11 min read

TrustRadius Top Rated

Today, we awarded the 2019 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Low-Code Development Platforms. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are the most trusted in the industry because they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user feedback and satisfaction scores. Top Rated awards are the voice of the market and are not influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s company size, popularity, or status as a TrustRadius customer.

Low-Code Development Platforms

Low-code development platforms enable businesses to create simple applications without needing technical expertise. These products abstract away some aspects of application development, allowing users with little to no programming knowledge to quickly build applications to solve business problems without in-depth training, extensive debugging, and code review. Often, low-code development tools have a drag-and-drop UI with connectable components, encouraging experimentation and giving a visual overview of the program’s flow. Many products allow advanced users to add custom code to the application, enabling programmers to add custom functionality to an application. Most low-code development platforms also include third-party integration components, multi-platform deployment tools, security and encryption options, and application performance monitoring.

Buyers considering low-code development products should consider how many people will be working together to create applications. Some products feature team collaboration tools, while others cater to a single-user experience. It’s also important to evaluate the expected scale of the applications to be built. Some products include tools that help developers create large-scale applications, while others are best suited to quickly develop lightweight programs.

Here are the winners:

OutSystems

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OutSystems is an all-purpose low-code development platform focused on serving enterprise needs. In addition to its drag-and-drop application development capabilities, it includes in-app feedback tools, multi-platform deployment and updating assistance, UI templates, and automatic security updates. Accessibility-friendly components help applications meet standards such as WCAG and ADA. Outsystems’s integration nodes allow access to SOAP and REST interfaces, in addition to pre-built integrations for third-party software like Slack, Salesforce, and DropBox. Its underlying architecture is designed for scalability, allowing the application to grow with a company’s customer base. A significant portion (42%) of OutSystems users on TrustRadius are from enterprises. Reviewers love OutSystems for its solid multi-platform development capabilities, strong community support and interaction, and rapid advancement of developer skills.

“OutSystems handles the development and building of mobile application for both iOS and Android in a simple streamlined way that removes 90% of the problems normally associated with multi platform development…OutSystems is extremely well suited where you require a fast time to market combined with a robust deployment process.”

John Williams | Web and Enterprise Team Lead | Computer Software Company

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Oracle APEX

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Oracle Application Express (APEX) is a low-code development platform included with Oracle Database. It uses a page-based drag-and-drop interface to build applications. Oracle APEX is closely integrated with Oracle Database, providing numerous methods to search, filter, edit, and chart data. REST access tools allow applications to integrate with web services. For cross-platform devices, Oracle APEX offers mobile app templates, automatically-adjusting application UI layouts, and touch gesture components. It also offers security components, accessibility tools, and a built-in advisor that evaluates app quality and scans for errors. A little over half (53%) of Oracle APEX users on TrustRadius are from enterprise-level organizations. Its strong data security, interactive report generation tools, and fast implementation and onboarding are just a few of the reasons reviewers recommend Oracle APEX.

“Very easy to create a dashboard-like app platform with minimal coding knowledge. Implementation went off without any issues and the connected systems worked very well…We needed an app system pronto and so with our switch to Oracle it worked out perfectly for us.”

Joseph R. Sweeney | Senior Analyst | Information Services Company

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Pega Platform

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Pega Platform is a cloud-based low-code development solution focused on automation and business process management (BPM). Its application components include tools for BPM automation, workforce intelligence, and case management. To assist with regulatory compliance and simplify the reporting process, Pega applications maintain an audit trail. Besides offering mobile-adaptive UI design tools, Pega Platform integrates with front-end UI frameworks like React and Angular.js. It also includes AI-based customer engagement tools, deployment assistance, and automated app testing. Enterprise users make up a large majority (82%) of Pega Platform users on TrustRadius. Reviewers value Pega’s application scalability, no-install implementation, and powerful automation capability.

“Pega is great for corporate web apps when a certain workflow or process can be improved through automation or a more streamlined process. It can handle forms and documents really well, integrates well with many different services (including other Pega apps), [and] can handle very complex workflows and logic to basic things like user permissions and notifications.”

Verified User | Employee in Information Technology | Information Technology & Services Company

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Appian

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Appian is a low-code development platform focused on BPM and process automation. Users can use Appian to develop applications with rules-based decisioning, document and content management, skills-based work routing, and connections to third-party systems like PayPal, DropBox, and LinkedIn. Appian automatically creates secure, mobile-ready versions of its applications, and can deploy applications immediately upon completion. A large majority (76%) of Appian users on TrustRadius are from enterprises. Reviewers highlight Appian’s fast onboarding for new users, responsive online community and customer support, and automatic data-sharing between Appian applications.

“The platform is designed such that objects from one application can be simply referenced in another (if your security permits it, of course.) This makes information sharing across processes quite simple from a technical implementation perspective.”

Verified User | Director in Research & Development | Pharmaceuticals Company

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Nintex Platform

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Nintex Platform is a BPM and process automation solution with low-code development tools. Its application builder includes workflow automation, custom user-responsive forms, document generation, and analytics features. Nintex Platform includes integrations for third-party applications like SharePoint and Salesforce, allowing Nintex applications to use external data. An extension framework gives users the tools to build custom integrations. Nintex Platform also offers tools for building mobile-ready applications. A majority (70%) of Nintex Platform users on TrustRadius are from enterprises. Reviewers appreciate Nintex Platform’s easy learning curve, highly flexible forms, and automated notification capabilities with HTML-customizable emails.

“I have been using Nintex for many years, and looking back, I don’t know how I could have come this far without the Nintex suite of tools. The ability to organize, coordinate and distribute, and update content in our SharePoint environment has been hugely enhanced by using the Nintex Platform of tools.”

Alan Hoyt | Head of IT | Financial Services Company

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Quick Base

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Quick Base is a low-code application development platform focused on database management. Apps built in Quick Base can perform database actions on a schedule or in response to triggers, send notifications and reminders, and deliver reports. Users can customize the form fields in each app for data entry or use integrations to pull data from spreadsheets, cloud-based applications, and email clients. All Quick Base applications are available on both web and mobile by default. Audit logging and data encryption help businesses maintain data security and compliance. A significant portion (48%) of Quick Base users on TrustRadius are from enterprises. Reviewers value Quick Base for its lively community and vendor support, automation capabilities, and rapid application development.

“The needs of our project rapidly change, and only Quick Base allows us to adapt to that change quickly enough…I often end up in meetings with project managers and/or clients who look at the app and say it is great except it needs to also track X, Y, and Z. By the time they are done talking amongst themselves, I’ve already added the fields they are asking for.”

Katherine Valentine | Software Development/System Integration Professional | Semiconductors Company

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Congratulations to the winners of the Top Rated Low-Code Development Platforms Award!

Top Rated Criteria

Products included in the 2019 Top Rated Low-Code Development Platforms list must have been in the top tier of their category TrustMap as of March 15th, 2019. To qualify for the Low-Code Development Platforms Top Rated Award, products must have at least 10 reviews written within the past year, a TRScore of at least 7.5 out of 10, and must receive at least 1.5% of the traffic in their category.  Every reviewer is verified and every review is vetted before publication. Products are plotted on the TrustMap based on end-user data, including users’ likelihood to recommend scores as well as buyer research patterns. To learn more about TrustMaps and Top Rated methodology, check out this page.

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