OutSystems Overview

OutSystems is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Mobile Development Platforms. It is most often compared to Microsoft PowerApps: OutSystems vs Microsoft PowerApps

What is OutSystems?
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.
OutSystems Buyer's Guide

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OutSystems Customers
Randstad, Warner Brothers, HP, Intel, ING, Banco Popular, Thrivent Financial, Bacardi, Kent State University, Bacardi, FICO, ING, Vodafone, AbbVie, Estafeta, Siemens, Vopak
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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about OutSystems pricing:
  • "For a single application, it's too expensive."
  • "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."
  • "OutSystems is a good solution, but it's not cheap."

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CTO at IG&H
Real User
Great platform, very stable and it does automatic dependency checking: very useful for enterprise environments

What is our primary use case?

We don't sell OutSystems as a separate solution. We sell it as a platform. And then you win a lot of solutions on top of it. So that can be a second process, it can be a middle phase, it can be a portal, it can be many things, but it is useful for small apps to complete ERP systems and everything in-between.

Pros and Cons

  • "You can go huge - so it is definitely a scalable solution."
  • "It needs improvement in the AI capability."

What other advice do I have?

I will rate OutSystems a nine out of ten because if you look at other solutions, they do not have the functionality, the scalability and the performance of OutSystems, even if their prices are lower. So if you need a platform for a large organization, OutSystems is the one. To make it the perfect solution, it needs improvement in the AI capability. I would say that it would be nice to augment the functionality for the citizen development even further and augment the cloud's platform controls so that you can more easily run in a hybrid cloud environment too. Next to better branching options. A…
SV
Director Technology at a computer software company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Vendor
Top 20
You can keep running your applications because it's on .NET and hosted centrally

Pros and Cons

  • "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."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

The value proposition is not clearly visible out of these platforms as yet. Your penetration level will be decided based on if you are able to reach small and medium enterprises. If I compare something like Zoho with OutSystems, Zoho is getting good traction by purely focusing on the small and medium enterprises. These kinds of things could be game-changers in the future. That's where the licensing model becomes a little cryptic. Of course, for enterprise, it makes sense at certain times, and it does not at certain times. The licensing models are one of the things that could be improved there…
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RS
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 10
Versatile with great scalability and great technical support

What is our primary use case?

One of our clients is a union, like a labor union, and therefore they're using it to develop an engagement-type app, for member engagement applications.

Pros and Cons

  • "There is literally a ton of stuff it can do. It's very flexible."
  • "The solution is costly."

What other advice do I have?

I'm an external consultant. I have a few different clients. I have no relationship OutSystems directly. I played a little bit with OutSystems. I have one of my other clients on an OutSystems user. I'm in the process of just learning. I am trying it out. I have a computer consultant that is helping me. There are certain things that I'm looking at, in general. The OutSystems platform is really nice, however, it's very expensive for small to medium-sized businesses. I have one customer that's an enterprise-sized organization that can afford OutSystems, however, there are a lot of my other clients…
KT
Technology Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Intuitive to use and provides good mobile support

What is our primary use case?

We have used OutSystems to develop a simple portal in the cloud. This portal is mainly for internal use and not for actual customers or external users. It's generally not for daily usage, so there's only a small team that uses OutSystems as their primary tool in their day-to-day work, but because it's open for any and all kinds of developers, there are probably hundreds of users throughout our organization.

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the mobile features the most, and there are also various features around the portal we created that I enjoy."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

I recommend OutSystems, but I would also point out to others that they're not the only product out there that deserves attention. I would rate OutSystems an eight out of ten.
HS
Head of Technology & Governance at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Allows for quick application building, but with a hefty price tag to match

What is our primary use case?

We use OutSystems to analyze disparate applications that are about to become obsolete. As we currently can't afford it, we are still in the testing and evaluating phase.

Pros and Cons

  • "We have no complaints surrounding both the scalability and stability of this solution."
  • "The technical features are good, but the actual commercialization is out of reach."

What other advice do I have?

OutSystems is a good solution, but it's not cheap. On a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of five. The technical features are good, but the actual commercialization is out of reach.
DB
Deputy General Manager at HDFC Limited with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Is stable and can be easily installed

What is most valuable?

It is a stable solution, and the initial setup is straightforward.

What needs improvement?

I think the resource ecosystem could be improved. There are not enough resources on the market. Multiple LDEV support would be great to have in the next release.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using OutSystems for three months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has been stable so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It looks as though it will be a scalable solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

I would suggest that you go for at least five or six environments. Typically, they provide three environments, and I think you should…