Formstack Forms vs. OutSystems

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Formstack Forms
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Formstack is an online form building solution. Its drag-and-drop web form creator gives digital marketers a tool for online data collection and engagement. Users can collect payments and pass form data to popular marketing apps through third-party integrations. With Formstack, users can capture responses, store the information and share it with their teams.
$59
per month
OutSystems
Score 8.9 out of 10
N/A
The OutSystems Platform is a Platform-as-a-Service solution for rapid delivery of responsive web and mobile applications. It includes functionalities required to develop, deploy, manage and change web and mobile applications. It is targeted at the delivery of enterprise applications that require integration with backend systems, complex business rules and logic, usable interfaces and flexibility to change. It can be deployed in the cloud, on-premises or in hybrid environments.
$4,000
per month
Pricing
Formstack FormsOutSystems
Editions & Modules
Silver
$59
per month
Gold
$99
per month
Platinum
$249
per month
Enterprise
Contact sales team
Basic
$4,000.00
per month
Pro
$10,000.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Formstack FormsOutSystems
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsWe also offer a variety of Add-on features: Workflows, Conversion Kit, Portals, Approvals
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Features
Formstack FormsOutSystems
Survey Format & Appearance
Comparison of Survey Format & Appearance features of Product A and Product B
Formstack Forms
6.6
61 Ratings
OutSystems
-
Ratings
Survey templates8.753 Ratings00 Ratings
Themes5.256 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom logo/branding5.858 Ratings00 Ratings
Survey Content
Comparison of Survey Content features of Product A and Product B
Formstack Forms
8.0
58 Ratings
OutSystems
-
Ratings
Changes to live survey7.253 Ratings00 Ratings
Question design help8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Multiple question types8.958 Ratings00 Ratings
Survey Logic
Comparison of Survey Logic features of Product A and Product B
Formstack Forms
7.9
58 Ratings
OutSystems
-
Ratings
Survey logic flexibility7.958 Ratings00 Ratings
Survey Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Survey Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Formstack Forms
9.3
59 Ratings
OutSystems
-
Ratings
Response tracking10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Data export9.059 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports9.056 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports8.448 Ratings00 Ratings
Analytics10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Survey Administration & Security
Comparison of Survey Administration & Security features of Product A and Product B
Formstack Forms
8.4
57 Ratings
OutSystems
-
Ratings
Access controls8.655 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance8.350 Ratings00 Ratings
Survey Distribution
Comparison of Survey Distribution features of Product A and Product B
Formstack Forms
8.0
1 Ratings
OutSystems
-
Ratings
Vendor-offered crowdsourcing8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Respondent restrictions8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Low-Code Development
Comparison of Low-Code Development features of Product A and Product B
Formstack Forms
-
Ratings
OutSystems
8.6
49 Ratings
Visual Modeling00 Ratings7.747 Ratings
Drag-and-drop Interfaces00 Ratings9.247 Ratings
Platform Security00 Ratings8.546 Ratings
Platform User Management00 Ratings8.645 Ratings
Reusability00 Ratings8.749 Ratings
Platform Scalability00 Ratings8.946 Ratings
User Ratings
Formstack FormsOutSystems
Likelihood to Recommend
7.6
(74 ratings)
9.8
(126 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.1
(12 ratings)
8.2
(4 ratings)
Usability
7.6
(6 ratings)
8.2
(3 ratings)
Availability
10.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
4.5
(7 ratings)
7.1
(87 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
10.0
(2 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Formstack FormsOutSystems
Likelihood to Recommend
Formstack
Formstack makes it easy to create a variety of forms. I have used it for event interest and registrations, email list sign-ups, and surveys. I have found it easy to customize, and easy to export data for import into other systems (e.g., CRM).
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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.
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Pros
Formstack
  • Allows for unique situations. As a school, we don't have the luxury of being cookie cutter. Neither do our forms.
  • Support. If we don't know how to do it, their support team has been very helpful and actually attempts to understand the issue on hand.
  • User friendliness. In our field we have a phrase: "what if you get hit by a bus?" With Formstack, you can "get hit by the bus" and someone else can jump in and still keep things running (this is used as a phrase for illness, not termination).
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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.
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Cons
Formstack
  • Setting up our multi-step form took some getting used to. Some of the branching logic configuration wasn't as intuitive as would be ideal.
  • Since we were pushing data directly into Hubspot, I found it cumbersome to deal with data storage limits within Formstack. I would get frequent notices that new responses were not being stored in Formstack and that I needed to upgrade or delete data. I got tired of that.
  • More/easier support for custom fonts would have been a huge plus. We were able to customize the form's appearance, but had to make some concessions in that regard.
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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
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Likelihood to Renew
Formstack
Our user base has come to rely on Formstack to get forms done. The Formstack tools make it easy to start from scratch or copy an existing form to "quick start" a new, similar form. The price is right and frees up IT staff to do more transformative work.
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OutSystems
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.
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Usability
Formstack
I give it this rating because Ali feel like just about anyone can use this. Now with 7 billion people in the work I understand that’s not the case but I feel like Formstack get it pretty simple where a majority of humans could use it and navigate through. The only reason I didn’t give it a higher rating is because I think Google Forms is a little easier to use and that it’s pretty much impossible for any product to get a 10 on usability in my opinion.
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OutSystems
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.
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Support Rating
Formstack
The agents in the original group, especially the ones in cahoots with the developers, are really solid and know what they're talking about--I'm looking at you, Collin. The 'Tier 1' support agents that typically reply to the tickets are really spotty. If you have an overly technical question, i.e. bugfix, or describe a feature from a few years back that randomly disappeared, these agents typically will give you what feels like a generic reply and not know what you're talking about.
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OutSystems
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.
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In-Person Training
Formstack
No answers on this topic
OutSystems
Excellent material full of hands on that improve the understanding of the platform.
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Online Training
Formstack
No answers on this topic
OutSystems
The online training material is well designed and explanations are step by step, helping trainees to understand and follow each exercise and new concept.
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Implementation Rating
Formstack
We implemented on one of the earlier versions. Through continuous engineering improvements, the interface keeps getting easier and more intuitive. Therefore, later implementations keep getting easier and better.
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OutSystems
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.
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Alternatives Considered
Formstack
Drupal is a much more customizable platform, however you must have someone build the forms first and then you can work with them if you do not have the programming knowledge. If you have any changes to make, it can sometimes be both a time consuming and difficult process. Formstack is much more efficient if you do not have an in house programmer.
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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).
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Return on Investment
Formstack
  • Positive - ability to analyze submission trends - e.g. when a marketing email is sent, looking at increased form viewing and submissions in relation to the sending of the campaign.
  • Immediate response - those that submit forms receive immediate response that their form has been submitted.
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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.
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