Most Helpful Review
Form building capabilities and well thought out process modelling are key points to this product.
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.
The Application Designer is very user friendly. There are also lot of plug-ins that you can use and, for the most part, they are free.
What stands out are the speed of the product, the quick, easy development, and visual diagramming.
The tech support is quite good.
Refactoring with TrueChange is very simple.
Their out-of-the-box UI is quite good.
Speed of delivery: We were able to reduce development time by 30%.
For me, the most valuable feature is the flexibility the tools give us to change any customer requirements on the fly, when we are in a meeting. I also like how easy it is to deploy the code between environments and how easy it is to integrate OutSystems with other systems.
The most valuable feature is Agile development. I love that you save a lot of time on development and can focus on logic and business requirements.
The most important features of this tool are its visual modeling capabilities and drag and drop functionality. You can see what you are coding which makes it easy to understand and maintain. They have also created a big revolution in digital transformation by introducing native mobile app development under the same IDE.
Integrations with external systems with SOAP and REST are easy to implement off-the-shelf, but a developer can always implement specific libraries for other integrations.
Our previous solution had other overheads such as release management, version management, code management, monitoring, etc., all of which are built-in with OutSystems.
Authoring tool is slow to use resulted in limitations on how quickly solutions can be built.
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.
We would like to see more reduced latency. We would like to make sure that the scale-out factor will be much more as workloads come in.
It would be nice if you could create your own customized apps when the business needed them.
Appian is easy to set up, but JBoss is complex. JBoss is the application server for running Appian.
When shared extensions are updated, all the applications are redeployed.
Mobile apps should have been fully native.
Writing custom code still needs to be done via Integration Studio. This might have been added to the IDE.
The latest version of the app generation tools could be more user-friendly.
Mobile apps need improvement.
There are many tutorials available but they are very basic and good for learning the platform. To develop an enterprise-grade application, advanced tutorials need to be developed to help IT professionals design/develop high-quality/performance applications.
The integration Studio could be improved. It needs a tool in which we could develop C# code and then integrate into OutSystems. The application could have a better UI.
OutSystems does not provide any native reporting resources. All reports must be created with other tools or as a webpage.
Pricing and Cost Advice
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.
It is expensive, but powerful. I would recommend comparing against cheaper licensing products and open source.
BPM done right is a huge value proposition for almost any company, and with Appian's low code rapid development model, the ROI can be huge, while the break-even point should be accelerated tremendously.
You should contact OutSystems for more details but my opinion is that it is not for small business budgets.
It is still very expensive, so small companies can’t generally afford it... Still, the time saving on development and delivery is worth the value.
Pricing could be a concern. You have to pay yearly, even after you have completed your development.
OutSystems was open to a deal that worked for both sides.
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|Also Known As||Appian BPM, Appian AnyWhere, Appian Enterprise BPMS|
|Overview||With Appian, your organization can rapidly build, deploy, use, and scale problem-solving apps. And with the flexibility of on-premises and cloud portability, you'll always address your unique challenges the way that makes the most sense for you.||OutSystems is the number one platform for low-code rapid application development. Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems as only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems.|
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