What Is OutSystems?

OutSystems is a low code platform for enterprise-scale innovation
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Sep 1, 2022

Cloud Development Systems uses the OutSystems low code platform for all of its development. In doing so, we can develop applications much faster than if we had to code everything from scratch. But what, exactly, is OutSystems?

Why Was OutSystems Founded?

OutSystems was founded in 2001 with the mission to give every organization the power to innovate through software. The OutSystems high-performance low-code platform provides technology leaders and developers the tools to rapidly build and deploy their own business-critical applications. Whether companies have an in-house development team or outsource their development needs, OutSystems can help reduce the time, cost, and risk of building, deploying, and continually evolving world-class business software.

How Does OutSystems Support Its Customers?

A proven track record and devotion to customer success is one of the reasons we chose OutSystems over other low-code platforms. The company’s network spans over 600,000 community members, 400+ partners, and active customers in 87 countries across 22 industries. OutSystems is “The #1 Low Code Platform®” and a recognized leader by analysts, IT executives, business leaders, and developers worldwide.

Customers benefit from a thriving developer community, extensive free training, documentation, certification, forums, local user groups, and a responsive support center.

Additionally, the Forge Marketplace provides a repository of reusable, open code modules, connectors, UI components, and business solutions to help speed up app delivery time.

What Is Low Code and Why Do We Use It?

Low-code is a software development approach that enables the delivery of applications faster and with minimal hand-coding.

Low-code platforms are a collection of tools that enable the visual development of applications through modeling and a graphical interface. Low-code allows developers to skip hand-coding, speeding up the process of getting an application to production.

Cloud Development Systems uses OutSystems’ low code platform to speed up the delivery of solutions for our clients. It would take a lot longer if our developers had to code everything from scratch.

Faster development and more predictable results de-risk software development and help agile teams work more successfully.

Moreover, development is just the start of the software development lifecycle. Continuous integration and continuous delivery, and continuous performance monitoring are all easier with OutSystems. Simply put, with OutSystems, you can look forward to lower costs and improved agility throughout the entire software delivery lifecycle.

What Can We Develop with OutSystems?

You can build virtually any business system using OutSystems, and it’s completely scalable. So from departmental apps with fewer than 100 users to consumer-facing web and mobile applications with millions of users, there’s no limit. With OutSystems, we’ve delivered internal web apps, customer and partner-facing portals, consumer-grade mobile apps, and core business systems.

Is OutSystems Secure?

OutSystems provides industrial-strength dev-time and run-time security. By default, the web and mobile applications built with OutSystems are protected from the top security threats identified by OWASP.

But as any security pro will tell you, the threat landscape constantly evolves. The good news is that every OutSystems platform upgrade automatically incorporates the latest security features, which you can quickly apply to all your deployed applications.

Who Can Benefit from OutSystems?

Any organization—large or small—that needs to create custom software applications will benefit from OutSystems. If you have an in-house application development team, OutSystems will improve productivity, alleviate the developer talent shortage, reduce delivery times, and lessen the lifetime cost of software ownership.

If you outsource development to a company like Cloud Development Resources, OutSystems means quicker delivery, fewer developers, lower costs, and reduced project risk.

One of the most important considerations is longer-term agility. Maintaining competitive advantage requires continuous adaptation to meet evolving market and customer requirements. If you see software development as a build-and-forget exercise, you’re probably not ready for low-code.

More specifically, here are some of the roles in your organization that are likely to benefit from OutSystems:

  • Developers — can deliver more value, burn through their backlogs, and reduce their sense of burnout.
  • IT Leaders — can increase delivery capacity, retire costly legacy systems, and foster better business/IT collaboration.
  • Product owners — can realize their product vision faster and with greater agility.
  • Business Leaders — can seize opportunities with faster innovation and greater adaptability.
  • End users and customers — get streamlined processes, brilliant UIs, and outstanding customer experiences.

How Does OutSystems Work?

OutSystems combines visual, model-driven development with AI, DevOps, and cloud to deliver a complete, modern development platform for enterprise-strength applications. Unlike “no-code” tools, the OutSystems platform is open by design to allow all layers of applications to be extended with your own code: front-end, back-end, database, and integration.

OutSystems DevOps features handle secure deployment and staging—from development, test/QA, to deployment—with built-in quality assurance to ensure fast and zero-error deployment.

How Does OutSystems Fit Into Your Cloud Strategy?

OutSystems Cloud allows organizations to develop, test, deploy, and run mobile and web applications using OutSystems, without having to worry about dealing with the administrative aspects of the platform technology. Applications built and deployed by customers are hosted directly within OutSystems Cloud infrastructure.

The OutSystems distributed architecture supports a wide variety of high availability and scalability options. Customers can also install OutSystems on their on-premises infrastructure.

How Does OutSystems Speed up Development?

Much of the process involved in creating an application is drag and drop, which speeds up the process and lowers the knowledge barrier. Onboarding new developers to OutSystems is comparatively easy, with a variety of two-week guided training paths available free and online.

Many customers report high success with junior and graduate developers, who rapidly adapt to visual development. Following two weeks of self-study, you can expect developers to deliver substantial value to an OutSystems development project. The guide rails and AI assistance built into OutSystems help assure high-quality development and predictable results.

What Programming Languages Do You Need to Know?

OutSystems allows the combination of visual and traditional code, offering the best of both worlds—high-speed visual development plus the flexibility to add your own custom modules if and when required.

Business analysts and other roles with systems/data design experience can quickly learn OutSystems and develop without hand-coding.

Professional developers that want to go beyond the confines of visual development will generally come from a .Net background. The following coding skills would then prove useful:

For front-end development:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript

For back-end development:

  • SQL
  • JavaScript

To build extensions:

  • C#

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