In an era where every company is using software, the world is experiencing a digital revolution. Work processes are getting digitalized, software is getting easier to use and the demand for customized applications increases. However, it is still accepted that working with software is complicated. Using Mendix is a way of changing that and makes lives of software developers easier.
As a developer, I recently started working in the field of Mendix and I’m already impressed by the possibilities of the Mendix platform and the Mendix community. Mendix is known as a low coding platform suitable for rapid development. This gives developers like me the opportunity to develop applications in a fast and relatively simple manner. For companies Mendix creates the opportunity to build an application that suits almost every need regarding the digital transition in this era and is also easy to use. Because Mendix is a low coding platform, it takes less time to get the application operational and therefore it is cheaper to build.
I find the Mendix platform very interesting and that’s the reason I started to build my own Mendix portfolio case. My interest in Mendix was also the reason that I recently visited Mendix World, a must-attend event for CIOs, business leaders and developers serious about driving digital innovation. During this event I had several intriguing meetings, one of which with Mendix’ senior managing consultant Floris Smit. Floris was kind enough to invite me over to the Mendix headquarters for a tour and to discuss my portfolio case. Here I received valuable advice about the further advancement. This sincere support showed me that Mendix isn’t only a great platform to use for both developers and users, it also showed me that there is a strong community behind the Mendix platform that is willing to help each other and who is making the Mendix platform a little better day by day.
The portfolio case I made is called Relevance Engine, I made this case as a test for my job application at Pink Elephant. This fictive Mendix portfolio case is created for ComTel, a company which is looking for a single point of entry that gives helpdesk employees all the customer data they need, such as CRM, financial data (billing and contracts), network data and so on. The end goal is that whenever a customer calls with a complaint, question, or other issue, their request will be processed effectively and without having to transfer the call to another department.
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This portfolio case shows a proof of concept of the Mendix possibilities for ComTel’s demands. The development time of this application was just three days. Without Mendix it would have taken significantly longer to build an application with the same possibilities. Software development is an iterative process and the next step in development will normally be the further collection of requirements and the further set-up of the platform. You can see the Relevance Engine Mendix portfolio case also in my work.
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We live in a day and age where speedy, iterative delivery of customer-facing software becomes more important than ever before. Low code development platforms offer a solution and speed up the development process. Low-code platforms are a rapidly growing software category, that enables rapid delivery of business applications with a minimum of hand-coding and minimal upfront investment in setup, training, and deployment.
But with a growing number of low code development platforms, what will be the leading platform? And what is the best future proof decision?
In a recent paper by Forrester where 26-criteria of low-code development platform providers have been evaluated, Forrester identified the 14 most significant vendors — AgilePoint, Appian, Bizagi, Caspio, K2, MatsSoft, Mendix, MicroPact, MIOsoft, Nintex, OutSystems, QuickBase, Salesforce, and ServiceNow — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report shows how each provider measures up and helps application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals make the right future proof decision.
In a project I also got involved and introduced with a low-coding development platform called Mendix you can check the Mendix developer profile of Amadeo Brands. Now working with Mendix for over 2 mounts and I directly fell in love with its simplicity and rapid development speed. And decided to get my Rapid Developer Certification in order and learn more about the platform.
I still have a lot to learn about Mendix and I just start my journey in this exciting new platform but with the knowledge I already have I came to the following conclusion. Comparing Mendix to the other available platforms I strongly think Mendix is the leading and future proof platform to go for. But it’s a close battle and Appian is closing in with market share but also with features. Only the future will tell what the best decision would be but I think Mendix will be the winner. If you want to get more in-depth information about the other low-code development platforms I strongly advise to read the full Forrester article.
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