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The development environment is model-driven, and our business engineers can make information models using it
We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
Form building capabilities and well thought out process modelling are key points to this product.
The process models provide self-documenting systems.
Since implementing we have had a faster time to solution, with fewer resources needed.
Process culture is making noise inside the organization because now, everybody knows that their time is being monitored.
Another advantage of this tool is its reports and records. You can maintain dashboards, layouts. If you with a Java solution, it takes six months time. If you use this tool, you can finish in one or one and a half months' time.
There is a version coming out every six months with performance improvements.
Call Web Service Smart Service - Web service integrations with other systems are super simple and fast to create, supported by low code menus.
Write to Data Store Entity - Saving data in SQL databases is done easily using entities. Entities (CDTs in Appian terminology) define relationships and target schema tables via XSD files.
I think that the workflow and automation features are quite good.
It is a brilliant solution.
The development environment is model-driven. We can use the information from this for our business engineers to make the information models, and they can also execute the model.
The integrated security saves a lot of time, especially when it comes to setting up user-roles and security. Also, database updates work automatically. There is no need to write queries to update the database, once you make an update.
It's amazing that you can build web apps and mobile (hybrid) apps with one code base in a few clicks. It's a full continuous integration environment.
Mendix has made a great deal of effort to provide its developers a healthy, modern environment for developing. First of all, it adopts Agile methodology by creating a SCRUM-based app where you can handle your user stories. Next comes version control, which really allows multiple team members to collaborate quite easily. And last but not least, Mendix modeler, which is your IDE for developing Mendix apps.
Suite allows you to easily and smoothly integrate with pretty much anything. It is also cloud-enabled. It provides a full Cloud Foundry-driven cloud environment with one-click deployment.
Enables us to rapidly create a complex application. We are also able to customize features that stakeholders in the corporation want to see, something that could not be done with other software. Our workflows and processes have evolved and improved. The fast iterations allow us to be nimble, get feedback from users, and do rapid updates.
Authoring tool is slow to use resulted in limitations on how quickly solutions can be built.
My only request is that they decrease the license costs.
We would like to have more granular control for interface styling.
The documentation needs to be improved.
Even though the company has made great improvements in online documentation, featuring rich material which includes case studies of real-life use cases, the material could definitely be better in quality and coverage of use cases.
A point of improvement would be the SAIL forms. The built-in tool used to generate forms does not have debugging support (to view local variables as they change on live preview, and step-by-step valuation) which is a big drawback for form development. Moreover, the script language used to build SAIL forms does not support inheritance or lambda expressions (functions as arguments of other functions), which makes the code base more verbose.
The reporting is not as good as in similar products. They could also improve the dashboards.
It needs better integration with our existing application ecosystem.
Overall, integration with the enterprise ecosystem needs improvement.
While the documentation is good, the development box could be better.
What is lacking is the support of higher level modeling features, like the modeling you do is relatively low level, yet it is still close to programming. We would like to see a more business-oriented modeling environment, like BPMN.
Needs multiple database connections so an app can directly read/write data to/from multiple databases. This would enable easy splitting of big applications that have complex entity relationships.
I would also like to see automatic adjustment to the Java Heap, whenever an application load becomes too much for the application. It could also use hot database replication.
I would like to see more documentation as well as how-to documents.
It needs to provide an overview of model versioning control for the sake of the review process; better SCRUM board; an overview of model changes from the repository through Sprintr (SCRUM board). Also, a choice between versioning control system would be nice.
It could use a more comprehensive widget creation studio in the IDE.
Pricing and Cost Advice
The cost depends on the number of users, although I recommend taking an unlimited license.
It's good value for the price.
I think that if somebody is really serious at looking at business value, then by all means, the product is well worth the value. You get representative business value for the price that you pay for the product, and for the implementation of the product.
Product pricing compared to some of the earlier vendors, like IBM, CA, and Oracle, is quite well-priced. Although, we do feel that as we increase the number of users and the workload increases, we will have to spend more.
We will have to have a dialogue or negotiate a price for future use. To start with, it is a reasonable price. As we go ahead, we will have to make sure the costs are inline with our expectations as we grow our user base and workloads.
Initially, we started with a year for approximately $25,000, and if we need to expand the number of seats then we will increase it.
From a commercial point of view, we would like them to change that they currently sell it as a platform, but as a customer you have to decide upfront the usage of the platform. We would like to have Mendix sell it as a pay as you go model: You pay for what you use, and you don't pay for what you don't use.
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