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Score 8.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Appian ranks higher in 1 feature set: Low-Code Development

Low-Code Development

8.5

Appian

85%
8.3

OutSystems

83%
Appian ranks higher in 5/6 features

Visual Modeling

8.4
84%
71 Ratings
7.7
77%
46 Ratings

Drag-and-drop Interfaces

8.5
85%
70 Ratings
9.2
92%
46 Ratings

Platform Security

8.6
86%
69 Ratings
8.2
82%
45 Ratings

Platform User Management

8.1
81%
70 Ratings
8.1
81%
44 Ratings

Reusability

8.8
88%
73 Ratings
8.1
81%
48 Ratings

Platform Scalability

8.6
86%
71 Ratings
8.4
84%
45 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Appian is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating
  • OutSystems is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, In-Person Training, Online Training, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Appian

87%
138 Ratings
9.8

OutSystems

98%
125 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

9.0

Appian

90%
19 Ratings
8.2

OutSystems

82%
4 Ratings

Usability

8.6

Appian

86%
96 Ratings
8.2

OutSystems

82%
3 Ratings

Support Rating

8.1

Appian

81%
174 Ratings
7.1

OutSystems

71%
87 Ratings

In-Person Training

9.0

Appian

90%
1 Rating
9.1

OutSystems

91%
1 Rating

Online Training

6.0

Appian

60%
2 Ratings
8.2

OutSystems

82%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

1.7

Appian

17%
9 Ratings
7.3

OutSystems

73%
4 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Appian

Appian works great for automating manual processes and integrating multiple systems through its toolset. It gives great flexibility for establishing rules for approvals, routings, escalations, and the like. Because of the low code toolset, it's very easy to deploy and make changes as needed as processes evolve and as the organization learns to utilize the system better. Minimal maintenance is required to support the applications build on the platform. Some of the automated testing integration with tools like Jenkins is limited so that may be an issue for some.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

Well suited for internal exposure of business processes (invoicing, API layer to other systems, customer maintenance etc), whether a UI is required or not.Not so well suited for full fledged web design. An OutSystems application must serve one particular business need, if gets too much functionalities and responsibilities it tends to get chaotic and complex.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Appian

  • Allows at a glance workflow documentation which assists in the need we have for information readiation.
  • Drag and drop interface for workflow development greatly speeds our apps time to market.
  • Using the advanced features of Appian, we are able to create working sites in a fraction of the time it would take to do so using "traditional" development.
Richard Owens | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

  • Developing end user interfaces with ease and speed with a modern look and feel.
  • First class low code development to reduce time to market with visual programming
  • Their technical support team is fast and responsive. We've yet to have any issues they could not resolve.
Christopher Fowers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Appian

  • Search issues when type ahead and database search are used in the same field.
  • Buttons implementation where user is require[d] to click on the button description - if clicks on the button outside that text - button will not work.
  • Problems with using certain off-the-shelf performance tools like WebLoad or Neoload. That is because of different dynamic variables being used internally in Appian - which these tools are unable to correlate. We are still investigating using other tools like Jmeter to overcome dynamic correlation problem for performance testing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

  • Price – The licensing model of OutSystems is very expensive and not suitable for small scale developments. This is offset by the time to develop and stability for larger scale developments
  • Flexibility on PaaS version – The PaaS hosted version of OutSystems limits your flexibility to access the front end and backend database systems which can significantly restrict your options on high data volume developments or where anything requiring slightly out of the ordinary access is required
  • Same price for PaaS and self-hosted system. Licensing model dictates that you pay the same price even when you host the system on your own hardware which effectively means you pay more to manage the infrastructure yourself
John Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Appian

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0

Appian Editions & Modules

Edition
Free$0
Standard60.002
Flat FeeContact Sales3
EnterpriseContact Sales4
  1. none
  2. per user per month
  3. one fixed price per app, unlimited users
  4. unlimited number of apps, priced by user
Additional Pricing Details

OutSystems

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

$0 per month

OutSystems Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$4,000.001
Pro$10,000.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 19 answers
We recently renewed our license with Appian. We are convinced that its flexibility, relative ease of use, the support they provide, there mobile advancements and their general willingness and desire to see us succeed all contributed to our reason to renew our agreement with Appian
Michael Campbell, PMP,CSM | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

OutSystems 8.2
Based on 4 answers
We are very happy with OutSystems and our developers deliver good work. OutSystems lets us build new software on a regulare (2 weekly) basis, which is highly flexible and adjustable. Even without very much experience, our developers manage to build usefull software, which is working a lot better than our previous (legacy) software.
Erik Hagen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Appian

Appian 8.6
Based on 96 answers
Appian is a low code environment, because of this, a very good visual interface is required. Appian is providing a feature-rich dashboard [that] we can use for building the dashboards and other interfaces. Appian also provides patches and releases to enhance these features. A developer can start off development just by going through a basic course from the Appian learning community.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

OutSystems 8.2
Based on 3 answers
I am really happy using OutSystems in my work. It gives me the opportunity to create good working software without having had very much IT-experience before. It also made me more interested in the background of IT and learning different languages.
Erik Hagen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Appian

Appian 8.1
Based on 174 answers
Appian is one of the leading low code business automation platforms that support RPA, decision rules, case management, workflow automation, and machine learning all in a single bundle. But it is also harder to implement and replace the traditional business process.
Nabin Poudel | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

OutSystems 7.1
Based on 87 answers
The tech support is very reachable. Usually by [email] from but also by phone if needed. We had some difficulties at the start with understanding "what our machine was doing" under high performance load. After some good sessions understanding our needs they delivered good solutions for our problems we had in the beginning.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Appian

Appian 9.0
Based on 1 answer
As analyst I participated in a developer boot camp. At times it was hard to keep up but most of the time it made sense. Trainer took the time to explain and slowed pace down to answer questions etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

OutSystems 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Excellent material full of hands on that improve the understanding of the platform.
Carlos Alberto Aponte Roa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Appian

Appian 6.0
Based on 2 answers
Very boring; hard to get through quickly, but rather effective in demonstrating the use of the platform.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

OutSystems 8.2
Based on 1 answer
The online training material is well designed and explanations are step by step, helping trainees to understand and follow each exercise and new concept.
Carlos Alberto Aponte Roa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Appian

Appian 1.7
Based on 9 answers
It was really seamless. SaaS in the true definition of the word. We logged on and started using the product. Very easy.
Peter Newnam | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

OutSystems 7.3
Based on 4 answers
In a large company, patiently and consistently work the behind the scenes politics with business and IT partners across the firm.
This is transformational - you will need a solid set of key business partners to lock arms together to move forward.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Appian

Appian has enormously transformed and keeps on updating the product every quarter to meet the latest needs of the world with new innovations & technologies being integrated within the platform. What gives more pleasure than a product that keeps on continuous[ly] improv[ing]?
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

I tried to use WordPress with some success. Also looked at Joomla. But when I saw OutSystems I knew I had been wasting my time there. It takes you longer to get going with OutSystems - but even I as a novice realized immediately that Outsystems is simply in another league. Outsystems is powerful. (Can you compare WordPress and Joomla to Outsystems - I don't think so).
Willem Norval | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Appian

  • I believe it has negatively impacted our release dates. There may have been a misunderstanding as to the learning curve, even though it is "low code."
  • The look and feel of the applications created using Appian have uniformity and it's easier to have "reuse" between applications.
  • There is less developer control when it comes to features. I think this mainly has to do with the amount of plugins available. I would think there should be many more available plugins. But again, our use case is probably different than most others.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

OutSystems

  • The ease of use of the OutSystems development process has been the biggest ROI for us. We have developed our Framework product and maintained/enhanced it with only 4 workers.
  • OutSystems has enhanced their product very significantly over the last 4 years. They have gone from a simple to use tool to a very simple to use sophisticated tool that covers the standard mainframe-based computing apps and the apps used on handheld mobile devices all using the same basic set of development tools.
Lee Penning | TrustRadius Reviewer

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