We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"I can have a SharePoint list and connect with users through PowerApps to present the information."
"It's a very workable solution because it's an automated way of making applications. You have a template, you have the application know-how,"
"There are a lot of different applications; you can connect PowerApps, or Flow, or Power BI to many different types of applications to interchange data."
"The initial setup was very easy."
"The most valuable feature is the simple data connectivity components."
"Can design apps quickly and can connect to any database."
"The solution is very good. It's very full. You can do almost anything."
"There's a lot of online knowledge on the solution, to the point where new users can basically teach themselves how to use the solution."
"You can go huge - so it is definitely a scalable solution."
"One thing I like about OutSystems is that there's no lock-in. You can keep running your applications because it's on .NET and hosted centrally. That's one of the advantages I see there in terms of not having an IT strategy that has a dependency on a particular platform."
"We have no complaints surrounding both the scalability and stability of this solution."
"I like the mobile features the most, and there are also various features around the portal we created that I enjoy."
"There is literally a ton of stuff it can do. It's very flexible."
"It is a stable solution, and the initial setup is straightforward."
"The flow editor is the most valuable feature. It is simple and intuitive, and it can guide you step-by-step."
"The editor in the Web browser could be improved because it can be difficult to implement the commands in the buttons."
"The product could be improved by making it a production application and enabling the export of apps."
"The solution is evolving very fast and every month new features are introduced. Sometimes it's difficult to catch up with all the evolution that's happening. I had to focus on Power BI for a while and left PowerApps at the side for a couple of months and when I came back, it had changed its interface and moved components around."
"I have always felt that you need an IT background to use this solution."
"Integration with databases and other tools needs to be improved."
"Customer support needs improvement."
"This tool doesn't have an internal database. It only relies on the data layer of Microsoft Cloud."
"One of the major problems with it is what PowerApps calls the delegation warning. Regardless of what platform, data source, et cetera, that you're using, you can't retrieve more than 2000 records."
"It needs improvement in the AI capability."
"The integration points need to be increased. People have also started to adopt this solution for their regular needs. That means it's not only the big enterprises that are adopting this solution. There are also small and medium enterprises that are adopting it. I've read that where you have large deployments, OutSystems starts to crumble a bit. That is the idea that no customer would know at the beginning and would also not like to hit the wall there. When it is on the client, there are a lot of applications already on low-code, and then suddenly you realize that you want to do some big applications, and you face hurdles. This is the general feedback for all such platforms."
"The technical features are good, but the actual commercialization is out of reach."
"Since we first started using OutSystems, they switched their language support from Java and .NET to .NET only, which was a bit of a surprise. Their language support could be better in this sense, although on our resource side it is now a bit more flexible."
"The solution is costly."
"There are not enough resources on the market."
"One of the biggest areas for improvement is that every time an existing data element is modified, it creates a new data element. It doesn't really modify that particular data element. So, a user has to follow an extra step of removing the existing data element and bringing in the new and modified data element that is being added, which sort of goes into negative productivity."
"If you start to use any premium connectors that are not stored in a SharePoint list or on an Excel workbook, then it costs $4 per user per month. If you want unlimited, it's about $16 per month for unlimited apps, and unlimited connectors."
"The company has a subscription where you can use certain features for free, but there are features that require a premium subscription to use."
"The enterprise-level costs a great deal of money, and you have to purchase additional licenses to scale it."
"We use the Office 365 package, and Microsoft PowerApps is a part of the package. We don't pay any separate price for this. There are no additional costs. We just pay for the Office 365 package."
"There are two licensing costs, one is pay-as-you-go, or you can develop it for one year."
"This is not an expensive product and there are no licensing fees."
"It is not expensive. There is no licensing cost."
"The pricing is too expensive and the licensing system is complicated. There are many pages of instruction on how to do the calculations for the price."
"For a single application, it's too expensive."
"OutSystems is a good solution, but it's not cheap."
"I think the pricing for OutSystems is comparable with similar solutions. I would place it somewhere in the middle. We pay for the bundle and don't pay anything extra in terms of licensing and other fees."
PowerApps enables a broad range of app scenarios to be created that infuse digital transformation into manual and outdated processes. Use both canvas and model-driven apps to build PowerApps that solve business problems for task and role-specific scenarios like inspections, field sales enablement, prospect to cash, and integrated marketing views.
Microsoft PowerApps is ranked 3rd in Rapid Application Development Software with 33 reviews while OutSystems is ranked 9th in Rapid Application Development Software with 7 reviews. Microsoft PowerApps is rated 7.8, while OutSystems is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft PowerApps writes "Great for quickly making apps, with reasonable pricing, but doesn't scale well externally". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OutSystems writes "Great platform, very stable and it does automatic dependency checking: very useful for enterprise environments". Microsoft PowerApps is most compared with Oracle Application Express (APEX), ServiceNow, Mendix, Microsoft Azure App Service and Salesforce Platform, whereas OutSystems is most compared with ServiceNow, Mendix, Pega BPM, Appian and Oracle Application Express (APEX). See our Microsoft PowerApps vs. OutSystems report.
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