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Score 9 out of 101
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Score 8.2 out of 101

Likelihood to Recommend

OutSystems

OutSystems is extremely well suited where you require a fast time to market combined with a robust deployment process. It also provides enterprise grade redundancy and vertical scalability with SLA’s approaching those available with any other tier 1 application. OutSystems is not well suited for small scale or “cheap” application due to it’s high “per object” licensing costs and minimum license fees.
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PowerApps

PowerApps does a great job of bridging the gap for mobile form entry where needed. We don't have a ton of mobile use cases, but that's because we haven't had a very active online tool kit until the deployment of O365. With most tools behind a firewall, any opportunity to work in business applications has been through VPN and that usually requires a PC/Mac. Now that we're able to access the system through a credentialed entry point in O365, we have the opportunity to think about what our mobile environment could look like. That's where PowerApps comes into our portfolio.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

OutSystems
8.8
PowerApps
9.1
Visual Modeling
OutSystems
9.0
PowerApps
8.7
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
OutSystems
8.6
PowerApps
9.0
Platform Security
OutSystems
8.5
PowerApps
9.3
Platform User Management
OutSystems
8.1
PowerApps
8.7
Reusability
OutSystems
9.6
PowerApps
9.7
Platform Scalability
OutSystems
9.0
PowerApps
9.3

Pros

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
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PowerApps

  • Because PowerApps is tied to the Office365 environment, it does a very good job at talking to source information in SharePoint. For those considering PowerApps, there is something to be said for the seamless handshakes that Microsoft authors between their own tools.
  • If you are wanting to parse down the fields requested (again, in relation to SharePoint) and get away from messing with content types or default forms behind the curtain in SharePoint, PowerApps is a good buffer to selecting exactly what you want to capture and nothing that you don't (that isn't required).
  • While still in its early deployment, PowerApps does have good flexibility because of the coding opportunities in the tool. Coding can be a barrier of entry, but it balances code and common sense entry pretty well.
  • PowerApps works pretty well on a Mac. Of course, everything Microsoft functions better in Microsoft products (IE, Windows, Edge), but the online authoring tool for PowerApps is just fine for Mac.
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Cons

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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PowerApps

  • PowerApps has a great coding option, but there are some pieces of the tool that the requirement to understand code is a barrier to fun if the user doesn't code.
  • MUCH time can be spent looking for solutions on this young platform and the body of forum/help/lessons learned is not as robust as it will be in a few years.
  • Like many early-stage Microsoft products, PowerApps is a relatively blank slate that will be improved by the feedback of their users and ongoing feature development. Right now it seems that the product lacks a critical mass of use-case driven templates (there are some, but I haven't yet found one that didn't require more work to customize it to my need that it would take to build my own tool).
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Likelihood to Renew

OutSystems

OutSystems 10.0
Based on 3 answers
It does just what we want, and I'm not aware of any good alternatives for a comparable price
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PowerApps

No score
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Usability

OutSystems

OutSystems 10.0
Based on 2 answers
The tool doesn't get in the way of developing software.
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PowerApps

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Support

OutSystems

OutSystems 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Even during evaluation the support team still provides an excellent support experience.
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PowerApps

No score
No answers yet
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Alternatives Considered

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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PowerApps

PowerApps is what the company has presented to us as our option. While Nintex is nice and relatively capable, it is always a +1 to the Microsoft platform and requires its own validation and integration. Nintex can also be feature limited in its online version depending on the license agreement, so future upgrades can jeopardize continuity. Google Forms is simple and easy to use, but rarely secure enough or "blessed" to be used in a regulated environment for anything other than garden variety collaboration needs that hold no confidential information or have a requirement of credential testing. Default SharePoint forms are always an option, but they can be a very large and unwieldy form for some contexts where only a few pieces of info are being collected per transactional moment.
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Return on Investment

OutSystems

  • Significantly reduced time to market for both Mobile and Web applications
  • Ability to upskill developers far quicker than with most development environments
  • Enterprise grade infrastructure and hosting out of the box
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PowerApps

  • Freed up time by passing mundane tasks on to the end user.
  • Very quick turnaround on some of our simpler requests by end users.
  • Programmers aren't the only one who can use this. A quick class and most organization employee can create their own.
  • Can empower the end user.
  • Works across platforms and form factors.
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Pricing Details

OutSystems

General

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

PowerApps

General

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

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