Imagine a world where you can develop powerful applications for your business without needing years of coding experience or a team of programmers – where the agility your business needs can be matched by the speed of development to achieve breakthrough results. That’s the promise of OutSystems, the leading low-code development platform that’s revolutionising the way businesses build software. We explain more about OutSystems in this article.

What is OutSystems?

OutSystems is a software development platform that lets you create secure, scalable, enterprise-grade mobile and web applications quickly and efficiently, from screen to database. It achieves this through a concept called “low-code development.”  

Instead of writing lines and lines of code, you use a visual development environment with drag-and-drop functionality and reusable components to assemble your application. Think of it like building with Lego blocks – you don’t need to be a master architect, but you can still create very complex and functional structures.  And on the occasion you need a specially designed piece, you can do that with traditional code extensions.

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Why do companies use OutSystems?

There are several reasons why OutSystems is becoming increasingly popular: 

Speed: Developing applications with OutSystems can be significantly faster than traditional coding methods. This allows businesses to adapt to changing needs quicker and get their ideas to market faster. 

Talent: OutSystems opens up application development to a wider range of people. Even those with limited coding experience can contribute to the creation of applications using the platform’s visual tools. This allows more experienced professionals to look at the harder logic problems, architecture, reusability, and compliance with standards rather than building the base solution. 

Reduced Costs: By streamlining the development process and potentially reducing the number of professional coders needed, OutSystems can help businesses save money on software development. 

Focus on Business Logic: OutSystems handles the underlying technical complexities like   hosting, networking, storage and deployment – allowing developers to focus on the core business logic of the application; i.e. what it actually does and how it solves problems. 

Enterprise-Grade Features: OutSystems is not a lightweight tool. It offers robust features for building secure, scalable, and maintainable applications that can handle the demands of a large organisation.

Who uses OutSystems?

OutSystems is used by a wide range of businesses across various industries and government organisations. From financial institutions and healthcare providers to manufacturers and retailers, companies are leveraging OutSystems to build applications that streamline operations, improve customer experiences, and gain a competitive edge. By placing OutSystems at the core of their digital transformation journeys, those customers achieve incredible speed to meet their desired business outcomes with fully bespoke solutions.

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What can you build?

The possibilities with OutSystems are endless. You can build a variety of applications, including: 

Customer-facing applications: Create mobile apps, web portals, and self-service interfaces that improve customer engagement and satisfaction. 

Internal business applications: Automate workflows, manage data, and improve collaboration between departments with custom-built applications. 

Legacy system modernisation: OutSystems can help you integrate with and modernize existing legacy systems, extending their lifespan and functionality.  And by connecting and extending, many customers are then able to gradually replace outdated components rather than risking a big bang migration and full-scale organization change management.

Is OutSystems right for you?

If you’re looking for a way to develop applications faster, more efficiently, and with a wider range of contributors, then OutSystems is definitely worth considering. Whether you’re a small business with limited resources or a large enterprise with complex needs, OutSystems can help you achieve your software development goals.

Getting started

OutSystems offers a free trial version, so you can experiment with the platform and see if it’s a good fit for your needs. There are also extensive resources available online, including tutorials, documentation, and a supportive community forum. You can try it out here.

If you’d like to know more about OutSystems, head to our website or contact our team who can help.