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Highlights

OutSystems and PowerApps are both low-code development platforms designed to allow developers to quickly build applications without writing lengthy sections of code. Outsystems provides a feature rich platform that includes one-step deployment and rapid application development.  OutSystems is most popular with mid-sized businesses and large enterprises, likely due to its advanced feature set and higher price point compared to competitors.  PowerApps is Microsoft’s low-code development tool and is built to integrate seamlessly with other Microsoft applications. PowerApps is most popular with businesses that make heavy use of Microsoft software in their infrastructure.

Features

OutSystems and PowerApps are both built to help developers create applications quickly and with minimal code, but they also have some limitations that are important to consider. 

OutSystems provides an easy to use interface that developers will be able to become comfortable with quickly.  Businesses using OutSystems find that the ease of development provided by OutSystems speeds up development while still allowing for complex applications. In addition to speeding up development time, OutSystems also helps developers deploy their applications with a single click, so pushing applications to production is very quick.

One of the biggest benefits of PowerApps is that it integrates easily with Microsoft technologies such as Azure.  For businesses that heavily use Microsoft technology, PowerApps makes it very easy to deploy applications across an entire organization. PowerApps also provides a variety of pre-built forms and views that can be inserted into projects, or edited to save a developer from having to start from scratch.  All in all, PowerApps is a strong choice for developers building internal applications to be deployed on Windows servers.

Limitations

Though OutSystems and PowerApps both allow for creating applications with minimal code, they also have some limitations that are important to consider.

OutSystems is a strong choice for developers that aren’t working with Windows infrastructures, but it also has limited support for MacOS.  As a result, there are relatively few infrastructures that can’t take advantage of PowerApp’s Windows integrations, but can take advantage of OutSystems.  Businesses using Windows servers may prefer the easy implementation of PowerApps over OutSystems, and Mac users may prefer a tool with a stronger Mac solution.

PowerApps integrates well with Windows technology, but it doesn’t offer any support for MacOS.  For Windows users, PowerApps is a strong choice, but it may be ineffective, or unusable for other users.  Additionally, the user interface for PowerApps is clunky compared to OutSystems, so businesses should expect developers to need either training, or significant time with the documentation before they can be as efficient as possible with it. Additionally, many users state that PowerApps is most appropriate for internal applications, while OutSystems can be better used for consumer applications.

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.

PowerApps starts at $10 per user per month for single apps, or $40 per user per month for unlimited applications. 

Feature Set Ratings

  • OutSystems and PowerApps are tied in 1 feature set: Low-Code Development

Low-Code Development

8.3

OutSystems

83%
8.3

PowerApps

83%
PowerApps ranks higher in 5/6 features

Visual Modeling

7.6
76%
46 Ratings
7.8
78%
18 Ratings

Drag-and-drop Interfaces

9.2
92%
46 Ratings
7.7
77%
18 Ratings

Platform Security

8.2
82%
45 Ratings
8.9
89%
18 Ratings

Platform User Management

8.2
82%
44 Ratings
8.5
85%
18 Ratings

Reusability

8.2
82%
48 Ratings
8.5
85%
18 Ratings

Platform Scalability

8.5
85%
45 Ratings
8.7
87%
17 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • OutSystems is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • PowerApps is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.9

OutSystems

99%
125 Ratings
8.7

PowerApps

87%
21 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.2

OutSystems

82%
4 Ratings

PowerApps

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

8.2

OutSystems

82%
3 Ratings
10.0

PowerApps

100%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.1

OutSystems

71%
87 Ratings
9.4

PowerApps

94%
10 Ratings

In-Person Training

9.1

OutSystems

91%
1 Rating

PowerApps

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

8.2

OutSystems

82%
1 Rating

PowerApps

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

7.3

OutSystems

73%
4 Ratings

PowerApps

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

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

PowerApps

Power-Apps can be used for virtually any type of situation. I've seen it used for an office reservation tool, especially during COVID, where that has been extremely useful. I currently use it a lot for various quality assurance forms for various teams who need different things to review for each team that calculates scores, as well as sends the information I need from various sources to SharePoint for analysis later. People can use it for mobile apps or canvas apps - I prefer canvas apps, but you can really create pretty much whatever you want and there are so many different tools and items to use for each app (scanner, signature insert, etc.). So really the sky is the limit.
Neil Kloster, MA, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

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

PowerApps

  • Power Apps has formats that are pre-built that don't require any coding which makes it easier to achieve your vision. This does become a challenge if your App needs don't fit into that format.
  • We deal with a ton of data so the fact that you can connect to any data source in addition to their pre-stablished data connections makes the process a breeze.
  • The online learning resources and tutorials are helpful as well for those who are tech savvy.
Nicholas Wisel | TrustRadius Reviewer

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
John Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerApps

  • More complicated to understand in comparison with Nintex Forms.
  • Complicated to find errors.
  • Using PowerApps for SharePoint Forms is a bit complicated by setting up the start and load scenario with a lot of JavaScript.
  • Load values, change them by code, and save them back could be easier. Actually quite complicated to handle a lot of variables.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

PowerApps

General

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

Starting Price

$10 per user per app per month

PowerApps Editions & Modules

Edition
Per App Plan$101
Per User Plan$402
  1. per user per app per month
  2. per user per month
Additional Pricing Details

Likelihood to Renew

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

PowerApps

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

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

PowerApps

PowerApps 10.0
Based on 2 answers
PowerApps is a great solution and I have spent the last year familiarizing myself with the platform and building custom applications to complete a whole range of tasks such as asset management, custom invoice generation, and item restriction tracking. We as a company have barely begun to scratch the surface of what can be achieved with PowerApps.
Phillip Templeton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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

PowerApps

PowerApps 9.4
Based on 10 answers
The community forums are extremely responsive to questions asked, there is a good body of online documentation and many community posts to draw from. Although the platform has changed, which means some of the posts are out of date and the solutions provided aren't relevant. Of relevance, I read over 400 articles plus documentation to get this first app built in SharePoint, move it to SQL and make it work exactly the way it should.
Nigel Stratton | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

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

PowerApps

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

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

PowerApps

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

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

PowerApps

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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).
Willem Norval | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerApps

Much cheaper, much more customizable, and easier to use. There is not much of a learning curve and the licensing cost is much cheaper. PowerApps does one thing very well, whereas other platforms are mediocre. There is much more customization possible for your in-house workflows that you can build yourself vs using NetSuite engineers to build it for you.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

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

PowerApps

  • It has given us a focal point for development. We now have the possibility of connecting to mobile and the default SharePoint online interface isn't always easy to manipulate. PowerApps has given us an opportunity to improve our user experience.
  • An improved user experience has given us a better shot at compliance. When users don't fight the environment, they don't gravitate towards workarounds or non-compliance.
  • As lists and libraries change, the platform scales pretty well.
  • Having users with the capability to create their own forms and tools has dialed back the app dev need (there is a balance though) and distributed power to the process architects and people who actually need the solutions in the first place—much more efficient model of service delivery: self-service.
Chris Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

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