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The benefits of custom-built applications (without the traditional hassle)

You think low-code is useful to set up quick proof of concepts, but isn’t suitable for enterprise-grade applications? Well, think again! We use the Mendix low-code platform to bring IT and business closer together, in search of quicker – and better – results.

Apps rule the world. But even though application development rapidly becomes a highly commoditized activity, it still remains a true craft. And here’s the catch: through the years, application development didn’t really keep up with the ever-growing – and ever-faster – demand for new applications by the business. These days, the business changes so quickly, that traditional application development isn’t capable of catching up.

That’s exactly the problem low-code solves: offering all the benefits of custom-built applications, solving problems shelfware doesn’t solve, but without the hassle of the traditional application development cycle. That explains why Mendix presents itself as ‘the low-code application development platform that allows you to go live sooner and get to success faster’. In other words, low-code application development allows to meet the needs of the business quicker.

Control for IT, agility for the business

And there’s more. As the war for talent rages on, highly skilled and experienced application developers are hard to come by. The impact on low-code is fairly small, however, as it proves quite easy to get started with low-code development. Of course, you need a certain feeling for business problems and IT solutions, but you don’t need to have a PhD in computer science to start working in low-code either.

That’s an important advantage. Low-code allows the business to take co-ownership of a project, with the IT department still in charge of ‘the last mile’, including the actual implementation and integration of applications. This way, the low-code approach is beneficial to both IT and business. IT remains in control, while offering more agility to the business. As a result, low-code takes away the primary driver for shadow IT.

Low-code is the future

As we see it at Apyx, the software development landscape will completely change over the next five years. Sceptics claim that low-code development is only interesting to quickly set up a POC, but not for enterprise-grade, customer-facing applications. We disagree – and so does the market. Mendix is the best example.

The fact that SAP became a Mendix reseller, offering the solution on SAP Cloud as ‘SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix’, caused quite a stir in the low-code community. The same thing happened when Siemens announced the acquisition of Mendix.

Low-code for people

With the support of big names such as SAP and Siemens, it’s clear that the general opinion on Mendix as a leading low-code application development platform is quickly changing. In Belgium, different organizations in a variety of sectors are successfully running Mendix applications. As low-code becomes more and more known, we see it surface in the mid-market as well. Whether an organization is big or small, at Apyx, the idea behind a low-code development project is always the same: build applications that help people work more efficiently. That’s what it’s all about: making people happy at what they do, with IT offering a helping hand, instead of being a bottleneck.

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