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Markus Travaille
Real User
Business Development Manager & Project manager at EGALiT
Jul 25 2018

What is most valuable?

* The complete stack: You have a complete cloud operations, and everything is included. For every customer, wherever we go, we can provide a solution within a few days… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We built our organization around its capability, so we saw the opportunity of Mendix. We saw how Mendix in the market at that time struggled with the right commercial… more»

What needs improvement?

Mendix is right now focusing on developer features while we would like to have more features for the information analyst. Mendix is not going this route because they… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

It is a little bit different because we have built our company around selling services from Mendix.

What other advice do I have?

The learning curve for an experienced software engineer or information analyst, it is quite steep. If you do not have any of these backgrounds, it will take you somewhere… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

* When we found that we also had the option to choose OutSystems, we chose Mendix for the same reason I always advise my customers: the platforms. Mendix and OutSystems… more»
Jack Mojapelo
Real User
Software Developer at a non-tech company
May 22 2018

What is most valuable?

* The ability to rapidly build applications. * Built-in management tool called Sprinter gives everyone involved in the development of the application an overview of the current state and progress of the application being built. * Supports collaborative development which minimizes the risk of having… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Easy document generation saves a lot of time. The integrated security also saves a lot of time, especially when it comes to setting up user-roles and security. Finally, database updates work automatically. There is no need to write queries to update the database, once you make an update.

What needs improvement?

They need to enable 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… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would give it an eight out of 10 because of the ability to rapidly build apps with Mendix. You could actually build an application as someone from the business side is explaining what the solution requires.
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Real User
Software Developer at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees
May 21 2018

What do you think of Mendix?

What is our primary use case?

I use this product in an internal development environment. Previously, I used Mendix when I was a consultant.

How has it helped my organization?

Mendix allows for faster development while saving on fewer FTWs (full-time workers). A win-win in most cases.

What is most valuable?

I like how Mendix is aimed at collaboration as well as Agile development. Overall, it makes it extremely easy to pick up and create a prototype.

What needs improvement?

They are already improving on this, but I would like to see more documentation as well as how-to documents. This will improve adaptation for future developers/companies.

For how long have I used the solution?

One to three years.
Petar Vukmanovic
Real User
Software Business Engineer at Intonovi
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

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… more»

How has it helped my organization?

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. Full focus on the business case needs and not on implementation. Speeds up the development by a factor of several times over regular development.

What needs improvement?

* Overview of model versioning control for the sake of the review process * Better SCRUM board * Provide an overview of model changes from the repository through Sprintr (SCRUM board) * A choice between versioning control system would be nice
Ramli Somers
Real User
Chief Innovation Officer & Board member at TimeSeries
May 17 2018

What is most valuable?

* Integrates - Suite allows you to easily and smoothly integrate with pretty much anything. * Cloud-enabled - It provides a full Cloud Foundry-driven cloud environment with one-click deployment. * Digital execution - Mendix provides a complementary program to drive digital execution, so you not only get a platform but also instruction on how to leverage it best. * Super fast - I can develop full… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to service our customers in a way that differentiates us. This makes us more competitive and able us to expand our business.

What needs improvement?

It could use a more comprehensive widget creation studio in the IDE.
Real User
Software Developer at Exp Realty
May 15 2018

What is most valuable?

* Mendix code and coding logic are very visual. It looks like a flow chart rather than lines of code. Rapid development is what drew us to Mendix. * It is easy to create prototype pages without a lot of development, once the Entity (table) is created. * You can generate a page with a few clicks, using the default features after proof of concept, then develop the logic behind the page.

How has it helped my organization?

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.

What needs improvement?

Mendix is great for internal applications but not so great for a public-facing interface. It lacks a proper directory structure for public use. The URL will not change from page to page unless a deep link is created for each page. That makes it difficult to bookmark pages in the browser to view later on. A feed can be created for other public UI solutions.
Consultant
Senior Software Architect at a tech services company
Nov 16 2017

What is most valuable?

There is not one feature that is better than the others. All are good because it is a platform and the features work well together. The power is in the entire solution… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We can deliver six times faster than working with regular third generation languages. Also, the platform helps set up a proper software development architecture on an… more»

What needs improvement?

I see little to no improvements to its core functionality since Mendix 7 was rolled out, creating web apps for businesses. From Mendix 6 until 7, options on creating… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The prices are fair for an enterprise product that has a target audience of big companies/enterprise companies.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with many third generation languages (Java/.NET /PHP) and have found that you still need an extra third party software next to the development environment… more»

What other advice do I have?

It is a great platform that will help you solve hard business problems in a digital way.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Not applicable. I am a Mendix consultant delivering Mendix solutions.
Real User
CISSP at a retailer
Aug 13 2017

What is most valuable?

Built-in security, easy of use, support and available examples of how to use it. The built-in security makes security-by-design from the start possible. The local modeler is easy to use. For the few… more»

How has it helped my organization?

I use it to learn how to program Mendix.

What needs improvement?

Indeed nothing is 100% perfect. But who am I to say what should be better? Nevertheless, I think Mendix is very strong if you want to store and retrieve something in a database. My personal experience… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

No.

What other advice do I have?

Developing standardized programs even with a custom design interface is possible. Such easy Java interface possibilities make it possible for me to realize a secure, remote, two-way interface with a… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

No.
Consultant
Consultant at a tech services company
May 11 2017

What is most valuable?

Most valuable is the fact that the Mendix platform provides all the tools for creating and deploying business applications in one complete package. You do not have to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Since Mendix requires less deep technical knowledge, it allows more business and process minded developers to become really successful Mendix developers/consultants. This… more»

What needs improvement?

Pricing: Development is free, but deploying applications in production requires a monthly fee, based on the amount of users. This makes Mendix unfit for small businesses… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Think about the amount of simultaneously used logged-in users the app should support. The more business apps you decide to realize in Mendix, the cheaper it gets. Also… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use anything previously.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have capable people working on your product who understand your needs and have enough experience. It is a tool that, when used correctly, can make app… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We didn't look at other solutions.
Consultant
Business Engineer / Consultant at a recruiting/HR firm with 51-200 employees
Feb 02 2017

What is most valuable?

The best feature is that you can create applications real fast. Forget large software teams. Alone or with small teams one can accomplice products in days that would take other software development… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Clients are at first amazed that product feedback gets realized in days while other with other software vendors, things only get realized after months or never at all. Bugs are solved most of the time… more»

What needs improvement?

Creating better document templates would be nice. You can achieve what you want but not a speedy as you can do everything else.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

For small companies the pricing can be a bit steep. The gap between the free version and a paid version is to big in my opinion.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

The Cordis platform was used before we got to know Mendix. Cordis was just a failure that did cost us a lot of money with no result.

What other advice do I have?

In the university world model driven development has been talked about a lot but never realized its potential. Mendix is, in my opinion, the first product that realized the potential of model driven… more»
Vendor
Business Analyst at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 30 2016

What do you think of Mendix?

What is most valuable?

Rapid development Prototyping

How has it helped my organization?

The ability to deploy functionality daily, weekly, or monthly has greatly increased our competitive advantage in the market.

For how long have I used the solution?

More than 3 years

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

No

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer Service: Enterprise level customer support, with strong user community Technical Support: Good

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Yes, traditional development methodologies were found to be too slow and cumbersome

How was the initial setup?

Vendor
Business and Solutions Architect at a tech company with 51-200 employees
Apr 26 2016

What is most valuable?

Mendix provides the big-picture to the detail and the detail to the big-picture and they do that well. The tool chain allows one to model the business in the easy-to-use… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Mendix has helped to dissolve the divide between “business” and “IT”, between business speak and technical jargon, between classical project management and disciplined… more»

What needs improvement?

We need better support for master data management, consuming corporate dictionaries and exporting the models to others. We also need better reporting and visualisation as… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Mendix can be expensive if you stare at the bottom line and compare it to traditional tech - which is flawed. Think big picture and time to market with a few bright… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Mendix is not a "RAD" tool and there really is nothing like it, similar tools have started appearing and the approach is catching on. Model Driven tools differ in… more»

What other advice do I have?

Mendix requires adoption from the top and support for the teams that implement it to not be ham strung by IT. Do not approach Mendix like a “traditional” IT shop will : It… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had a look at OutSystems, some open source initiatives and BPM tools.
Vendor
Systems Analyst at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 25 2016

What is most valuable?

* Excel Importer : seamless to map data from a raw excel sheet into a structured database * Community common library : Useful java method to add powerfull functionality to your application with just a few clicks * Excel Exporter : Exporting data to Excel is a breeze * AvayaDialer: Integrating your application with avaya telephony suite is power and extremely useful especially for call center… more»

What needs improvement?

In the next version I would like the Rest Service Module to be incorporated into Mendix, similar to the way web services work.

What other advice do I have?

Expect to half your delivery time for new products/services to business. Mendix beats any other technology out there.
Vendor
Senior Consultant at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Apr 19 2016

What is most valuable?

* Micro flows, because of the ease of use for complex development structures * Wide variety of in app store Widgets such as Deep Link, Active Directory integration, graphs (bar/spider charts), and geo location functionality * Ability to… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We developed a tool/product called Survey Quest. The tool enable the user to do perform surveys and improveme them as well as its functionality.

What needs improvement?

The out of the box crud screens can be made more user friendly, but then again it is a business application tool to quickly generate crud screens for enterprise application, not focused on public facing/entertainment values.

What other advice do I have?

I was involved developing a solution. We also did a site for skillsmap in mendix that was live for one and a half years.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at Microsoft/Java options. We initially thought the license fees and speed of development was too slow.
Consultant
Managing Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 18 2016

What is most valuable?

Mendix is an excellent tool to put the business in charge again for realizing IT projects. In the pension project we worked in sprints of two weeks in which we created functionality which was going to be tested by the business instantly. In this way the business stayed connected with the IT solution and was in charge of the project. Mendix is an excellent tool to execute the scrum way of working… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Often the business comes to the conclusion that it is not working as they had thought it would after they have seen a first version. In Mendix it is really easy to show this first version and to change it according to the business needs.

What needs improvement?

After two weeks the business will be able to see what they had in mind and will be able to validate whether the IT people have understood what they meant but also whether the solution is going to work as they had in mind.
Vendor
Systems Consultant at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Apr 14 2016

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of Mendix includes the most vital logic building component called the microflows which cuts down the need to write code and instead using logic blocks to interpret the way the function should work. As part of microflows, there are ways which gives the developer flexibility… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The main way in which this product has improved my organisations functions is the ability to promote agile methodology and rapid development. It also allows users see what has been developed quicker than writing physical code. This means it allows us to test out different scenarios with ease and… more»

What needs improvement?

The area of this product that needs improving is the templates in which the user uses to create documents. As it stands it is not very intuitive and not pleasing to the eye.

What other advice do I have?

The Mendix developers and community continues to add useful features and add ons to the system which makes it better in every iteration.
Consultant
Sr. Mendix developer / Lead Developer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Apr 14 2016

What is most valuable?

Modeling application and generating code in stead of manual coding.

How has it helped my organization?

The software is mainly designed and built by business engineers instead of software engineers. This leads to an immediate fit between delivered software and what the users really wants.

What needs improvement?

User experience and performance with large datasets.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Mendix is not cheap. License fees go sky high when using it as a business to consumer platform. However, they change their pricing models frequently.

What other advice do I have?

Think about the type of product you want to develop. Mendix is great for internal software development or B2B SAAS solutions When working with large dataset or when userexperience is of great… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also looked at OutSystems, Triggre, and Apex. We chose Mendix because of the learning curve.
Vendor
Associate at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees
Apr 10 2016

What is most valuable?

The single most beneficial feature is the rapid development and prototyping of the product. I was able to construct real demoable software in a very short time and show the client. The technology is a… more»

How has it helped my organization?

During an implementation of a Rules Engine for Credit Risk and Loan Eligibility which integrates various Credit Bureaux data systems for online loan applications, we experienced some performance… more»

What needs improvement?

Reporting isn't Mendix' strong suite. The Business Modeler is amazing for rapid application development but the Reporting lags behind. Mendix relies on third party products who specialize in reporting… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Despite high licensing costs, the time and cost of development is dramatically reduced. On average our timelines are in the range of five to 10 times faster than choosing a more traditional software… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Mendix is a first-rate business modeling solution. We have evaluated other solutions which focus more on the technology and gives developers too much flexibility with which they could hang themselves… more»

What other advice do I have?

Find people who are willing to try something different, people with a teachable attitude. Mendix is a paradigm-shift and might not appeal to ego-centric developers in their comfort zone who want… more»
Consultant
Delivery Module Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 29 2016

What is most valuable?

Being a device agnostic solution and responsive design support are most valuable.

How has it helped my organization?

To market time has been reduced as development time has come down a lot.

What needs improvement?

Seamless integration with legacy application is what I would like to see the most.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As far as I know, the licence is costly.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have not used a different solution similar to Mendix. I started using Mendix since my organization wanted it.

What other advice do I have?

Mendix is a good option for people looking for fast deployment and Multiple device support with single code. But they need to check if the licence cost fits to their budget. Other than that no issues… more»
Consultant
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Mar 29 2016

What is most valuable?

* The fact that my customer/client can actually understand my ‘code’ – it makes it very easy to discuss and improve newly built software * The online collaboration environment included in the platform, which massively improves the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It’s not so much my own organization, but the clients my organization works for. They see faster time to market for new software, improved maintainability, and higher user satisfaction as the main improvements.

What needs improvement?

UX/UI design is still the largest area that can be improved, or at least be made easier. Mendix have been making massive steps in this area since release 5.18 though, so that’s promising. Next to that the integration possibilities have been… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I’ve used OutSystems in the past. We chose Mendix because the UI of the Modeling (Software Suite) environment is easier to use, and the online environment is much more advanced.

What other advice do I have?

Do the math, and take into account not just the money but also your user’s happiness and the ability to quickly respond to changing circumstances by changing your software.
Consultant
Associate(Java Developer) at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Mar 28 2016

What is most valuable?

It as an integrated server with one-click deployment. The deployment of Eclipse to analyse a code-based environment with XML to domain mapping by having just the XSD. Visual Programming is fairly… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We were able to completely refactor middleware from SAP BPM to Mendix. This was done in a relatively short time and the product created a common language between developers and business analysts that… more»

What needs improvement?

I think it has made some good/significant changes like Model API and a presence in AWS as well as integration with cloud foundry. Going forward some important improvements would be the inclusion of… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is still a bit on the higher side and with other players in the MDD domain Mendix might need some price cuts to maintain/grow its popularity. It has already been placed once in the… more»

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We had previously been working on 3GL solutions such as Java and C++. We also had some work done in AllFusion Gen 7.6 that led us to explore other model driven tools. We had a few choices but took up… more»

What other advice do I have?

The product is easy to use and learn. The tough part is orienting your thinking to a model driven solution, or to better put, to an effective optimized solution. This would require some practice and… more»
Consultant
Mendix Consultant at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees
Mar 28 2016

What is most valuable?

* Its graphic interface, which allows you to develop rapidly and in a structured way. * The fact that it is an all-in-one solution, producing a system that is ready to run immediately

How has it helped my organization?

This question is not entirely relevant for us, since our organization develops Mendix systems for clients.

What needs improvement?

I cannot think of any immediate issues. Mendix has an active community, providing requests, advice and add-ons. Each new Mendix version incorporates suggestions from this community. I believe this is… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As a developer I have very little knowledge of this.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I haven't used any solution that's similar.

What other advice do I have?

You should try it. You can set up a new project for free in a very short time.
Vendor
Manager of Operations with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 06 2013

What do you think of Mendix?

Mendix is a product (and company) that caught my attention in the recent days. It boasts of a very easy drag-and-drop UI builder, a business process modeler , a built-in collaboration workspace and an agile model built-in to each project. I started this off by signing up for the product. It appears that a “free” email account does not work. It required me to enter a corporate email account. Once I did that, registration was done quickly and I was able to download the product quickly. One cool feature I liked was that it made it really simple to invite other interested parties (in the organization) to get started. I was able to download and install the business modeler. I am running win7 with 4GB memory and it was no big deal to install and get it up and running Once up, I noticed…

What is Mendix?

The Mendix App Platform enables enterprise development teams to rapidly build, integrate, and deploy beautiful multi-device applications. Enterprise IT teams that need to quickly build innovative and differentiating applications in close collaboration with business stakeholders use Mendix.
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