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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. 

Likelihood to Recommend

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

PowerApps

PowerApps is well suited to environments where an organization wants to allow their employees the flexibility to create solutions to make their lives easier while still maintaining good dlp policies. PowerApps is very secure and you can give access to all organization or limit it just the users that you wish to use that application.
Phillip Templeton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Low-Code Development

OutSystems
7.8
PowerApps
8.5
Visual Modeling
OutSystems
7.9
PowerApps
7.7
Drag-and-drop Interfaces
OutSystems
8.0
PowerApps
8.9
Platform Security
OutSystems
7.8
PowerApps
8.7
Platform User Management
OutSystems
7.4
PowerApps
8.5
Reusability
OutSystems
7.8
PowerApps
8.0
Platform Scalability
OutSystems
8.0
PowerApps
9.1

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
John Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Chris Carpenter | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

PowerApps

  • Customizing interface for phones and tablets.
  • You are limited in layout, either phone or tablet, no desktop support.
  • The "Code Editor" could use some work. Giving you a bigger canvas so to speak.
  • It can be buggy if you make changes to data sources and flows outside of PowerApps. I have had one or two controls "break" because I made changes outside of PowerApps.
Damien Dolan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

OutSystems

OutSystems 8.3
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 8.3
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 9.1
Based on 2 answers
There is still complexity in creating PowerApps, but you can't underestimate the power of the PowerApp, so naturally creating one could get complex. But the usage of the app should be straightforward, even if it relies heavily on the UX from the application designer. Overall, very user-friendly, does not require code, and relatively painlessly taps into business-critical information without requiring any data copying.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

OutSystems

OutSystems 7.5
Based on 45 answers
In becoming bigger, the support encountered several growing pains, but we've seen amelioration (also by involving a customer engagement manager, more direct lines with OutSystems, and better contact with partner Noesis). Sometimes growing goes fast and the organization needs to adapt to the new world. New markets are conquered, but others still need to grow.
Stefan Parijs | TrustRadius Reviewer

PowerApps

PowerApps 8.5
Based on 7 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

Implementation Rating

OutSystems

OutSystems 7.4
Based on 2 answers
Manage expectations properly.
Erik Hagen | 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

PowerApps has much power when talking about Office 365 and Azure integrations. Has low cost and it is easy to create/deploy applications. Bonita is open-source but it is necessary to have many technical skills to create applications and also to handle the infrastructure when installed in-house. Salesforce is an excellent platform, however it has a higher price for licensing.
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

  • I am still developing my application but assuming everything works the way I have laid it out then PowerApps will help us to turn a 10yo marcro-powered Excel workbook with mostly static work-flows into a streamlined and less mistake-prone workflow while utilizing a single database.
  • The application will allow us to access dynamic project information in the field via tablet. Previously this could only be done via phone call or email.
Corey Brandt | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

PowerApps

General

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

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

OutSystems
7.4
PowerApps
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

OutSystems
8.3
PowerApps

Usability

OutSystems
8.3
PowerApps
9.1

Support Rating

OutSystems
7.5
PowerApps
8.5

Implementation Rating

OutSystems
7.4
PowerApps

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