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Highlights

Mendix and OutSystems are both low-code development tools meant to help developers create applications quickly and with minimal code.  Mendix is built to provide a user-friendly, flexible development tool so that even inexperienced developers can create an application.  OutSystems provides a range of advanced features to help developers deploy and manage their applications after they’ve been developed.  Both tools are most popular with mid sized businesses and larger enterprises, though they are also used by smaller businesses.

Features

Mendix and OutSystems both allow users to create applications with minimal development experience, but they also have some standout features that set them apart from each other. 

Mendix provides an easy to use process for creating applications.  Users will be walked through application creation step by step, with prebuilt models they can use or edit for their needs. Mendix also provides a developer mobile application so users can edit or create applications from any device. Businesses will have no problem with collaborating using Mendix, as the solution is entirely cloud based, making it easy to share work with other users. 

OutSystems provides simple, one click deployment, making it easy to send out an application to the entire organization once it is completed.  Additionally, OutSystems allows users to easily map elements of an application to connected databases, so users can easily select where app related data should live.  For smaller businesses, OutSystems also provides a more generous free version that can support up to 100 users.

Limitations

Mendix and OutSystems provide a platform for low-code development and application deployment, but they also have some limitations that are important to consider.

Mendix provides an easy process for application creation, but once those applications are built, it is a little trickier to deploy compared to OutSystems one click deployment.  Additionally, Mapping application objects to related databases is more difficult than the drag and drop process offered by OutSystems. Small businesses may also have a hard time getting the most out of Mendix’s free version, which only supports 10 users.

OutSystems application creation is more rigid than Mendix, requiring users to choose application type (smartphone, tablet, etc) from the get go, rather than allowing them to commit to that choice later on.  Additionally, OutSystems doesn’t have a fully cloud-based option, so it can be more difficult to collaborate, especially across offices in different locations.

Pricing

OutSystems offers a free version with support for one environment and up to 100 end users, which is a good choice for businesses looking to try before they buy.  The basic package supports up to 1,000 users and starts at $4,000 per month.  The standard package supports any number of end users for $10,000 per month. Businesses that need more features or support can reach out to the vendor for an enterprise quote.

Mendix offers a free version for up to 10 developers, after that pricing is on a “pay what you need” basis, based on number of applications in addition to other factors.  Paid Mendix plans start as low as $1,917 per month. 

Feature Set Ratings

    Low-Code Development

    Mendix

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.3

    OutSystems

    83%
    OutSystems ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Visual Modeling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.6
    76%
    46 Ratings

    Drag-and-drop Interfaces

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.2
    92%
    46 Ratings

    Platform Security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    45 Ratings

    Platform User Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    44 Ratings

    Reusability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2
    82%
    48 Ratings

    Platform Scalability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    45 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Mendix is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating
    • OutSystems is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
    • Mendix and OutSystems are tied in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.6

    Mendix

    86%
    55 Ratings
    9.9

    OutSystems

    99%
    125 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    Mendix

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    OutSystems

    82%
    4 Ratings

    Usability

    8.2

    Mendix

    82%
    1 Rating
    8.2

    OutSystems

    82%
    3 Ratings

    Support Rating

    8.0

    Mendix

    80%
    6 Ratings
    7.1

    OutSystems

    71%
    87 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    Mendix

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.1

    OutSystems

    91%
    1 Rating

    Online Training

    Mendix

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.2

    OutSystems

    82%
    1 Rating

    Implementation Rating

    Mendix

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.3

    OutSystems

    73%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Mendix

    I would recommend Mendix for large organization issues and applications. It is very robust and scalable. It is made to deploy quickly so changes and expansions can be made every step of the way. I would not recommend Mendix for very small projects because the costs of usage would just be too high.
    Sjoerd Beljon | 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

    Mendix

    • Using Mendix you can build an application in a week compared to building the same application in Java in 1 month.
    • You can simultaneously build applications for all kinds of devices (Desktop, Mobile and tablets).
    • All in one tool, in Mendix Modeler you can manage databases, webservices, Mendix code , Java code, etc.
    Umesh Sukheja | 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

    Mendix

    • Earlier versions lacked in UI/Ux. This is still improving.
    • Since everyone and anyone can create custom add ons (widgets), Mendix could improve their quality checks (but not as rigid as eg Apple).
    • Upgradeability used to be somewhat of an issue. Version 7 looks to be handling this better than previous versions.
    Micha Friede | 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

    Mendix

    General

    Free Trial
    Yes
    Free/Freemium Version
    Yes
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services
    Yes
    Entry-level set up fee?
    Optional

    Starting Price

    $0

    Mendix Editions & Modules

    On-premise Edition
    Enterprise Edition$1,6751
    Pro Edition$1,2501
    1. per month (billed annually)
    SaaS Edition
    Free Edition$0
    Pro Edition$1,2502
    Enterprise Edition$1,6752
    1. none
    2. per month (billed annually)
    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

    Mendix

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    Mendix

    Mendix 8.2
    Based on 1 answer
    A 10 would say I have nothing to wish for. A 9 means I haven't seen anything better.This tool really helps you in the whole creation and maintenace cycle, so from requirements to building/modeling to testing to deploying to capturing feedback.
    Bart Tolen | 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

    Mendix

    Mendix 8.0
    Based on 6 answers
    Response times are quick and you will get updates regularly about the status of your request. Even with very technical questions they have specialists that can help you with your problems it will give you an answer or help you with a work around.
    Ronald Catersels | 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

    Mendix

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    Mendix

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    Mendix

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    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

    Mendix

    We evaluated 3 to 4 other products before making the choice to go with Mendix. From a maturity perspective it was further ahead than the other options. From the rapid development perspective the tool was light years ahead of others. The ability for developers to learn the tool quickly and still have the flexibility within the platform to develop simple to complex widgets is great. This tool has endless possibilities once you become comfortable with the platform itself
    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

    Mendix

    • Request for Mendix projects is constant. When you hire a Mendix consultant, you know (s)he will be busy 100%
    • Scrum has become a religion because of Mendix.
    • It created a sense of community, a culture of sharing, working together and having fun.
    Georgios Andronikidis | 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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