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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. 

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

OutSystems excels with building web interfaces fast and lends itself to custom integrations written in .Net. Most anything can be brought in given this ability to be extended. One of the drawbacks to the speed of development is that most quality control teams become quickly overwhelmed and may be unable to keep up.
Christopher Fowers | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

Mendix
OutSystems
7.9
Visual Modeling
Mendix
OutSystems
7.9
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
Mendix
OutSystems
8.1
Platform Security
Mendix
OutSystems
7.8
Platform User Management
Mendix
OutSystems
7.5
Reusability
Mendix
OutSystems
7.8
Platform Scalability
Mendix
OutSystems
8.0

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

  • Deployment management – OutSystems has a built in robust, multi-environment deployment system that helps ensures the clean and error free deployment of applications through the development, testing and production product lifecycle
  • Rapid application development – Through the low code, graphical development environment you can develop applications far quicker than with more traditional development environments
  • Cross platform mobile development – OutSystems handle 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
John Williams | 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

  • The platform controls all the parts. While great for development and overall maintenance, it could lead to discussions with your DBA (who has to trust the platform). As a developer I love the platform, as a DBA I would like more control.
  • By making software development model driven using flows, you are forced to rethink the way of programming. It makes it easier, but sometimes the way of working leads to code which could be optimized (standard problem in model based software development).
  • Most of the code is generated, so the technical knowledge of the inner working of coding are not Essentials. This could lead to degration of this knowlegde. As part of this, most technologies will only be used when OutSystems supports it. They do a good job on implementing these things. But things like Node.js would be nice.
Patrick Baanvinger | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 3 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 7.5
Based on 46 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

Implementation Rating

Mendix

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

OutSystems

OutSystems 7.3
Based on 3 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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Pricing Details

Mendix

General

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

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. 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

OutSystems Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$4,000.001
Pro$10,000.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Mendix
8.6
OutSystems
7.4

Likelihood to Renew

Mendix
OutSystems
8.2

Usability

Mendix
8.2
OutSystems
8.2

Support Rating

Mendix
8.0
OutSystems
7.5

Implementation Rating

Mendix
OutSystems
7.3

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