Low-code is a visual approach to software development that optimizes the entire development process to accelerate delivery. With low-code, you can abstract and automate every step of the application lifecycle to streamline the deployment of a variety of solutions. By breaking down traditional silos of business and IT (promoting continuous collaboration), your organization can develop solutions that meet the needs of your business. According to Gartner’s prediction, by 2024, low-code application development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity. Mendix and Microsoft PowerApps are both leaders in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms. In order to choose the most suitable low-code application platform for you, let’s explore their points of differentiation.
Source: 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms
1. About MendixMendix is a cloud-based app development platform that helps users build all kinds of applications. Allowing users to create apps on SAP cloud platform, the prime features of Mendix comprise of visual development, multi-channel apps, proactive and context-aware apps management, development and operations (DevOps), multi-cloud deployment, security, open and extensible integrations, AI assisted development and more. Its visual development allows users to empower real-time collaboration and develop transformative applications with experimentation, iteration and collaboration on different units. Additionally, the platform allows users to sync and control the app development process between business developers and professional developers. Mendix’s app services enable multiple apps to be used in a component-based architecture platform through microflows, supporting multiple versioned services and deployment management. The software integrates with CloudFoundry, OpenID, Enfield Modeling Language, HTML 5, React and Bootstrap. It is priced on a per month subscription basis and has support extended via phone, email, documentation and an online help desk.
2. About Microsoft PowerAppsMicrosoft PowerApps is a low-code development platform that allows organizations to create and deploy applications using a drag-and-drop interface. Software developers can utilize customizable templates to design online applications for smartphones, tablets and PCs. Features of Microsoft PowerApps include data management, workflow automation, application lifecycle management, productivity tracking, collaboration and more. Microsoft PowerApps allows administrators to create data flow diagrams, generate custom reports and connect the system with multiple data sources. Additionally, it enables employees to securely capture and store application data and model processes in a centralized repository. Microsoft PowerApps comes with an application programming interface (API), which facilitates integration with several third-party platforms such as OneDrive, SharePoint, Dynamics 365, Outlook, Google Calendar and more. Pricing is available on a monthly subscription and support is extended via phone, email, documentation, FAQs and other online measures.
3. Mendix vs. Microsoft PowerApps: Differentiation
3.1. Mendix Low-code Focused ExpertiseMendix taps into years of experience within the low-code space and fully dedicates its resources to provide its customers with the best low-code development experience and support. Mendix is unlike Microsoft, that has a big suite of scattered products – not solely focused on low-code development. Implication: Mendix’s low-code focus puts it in a stronger, more credible position to claim technical superiority and expertise within the low-code space, when compared to Microsoft PowerApps.
3.2. Mendix All-in-One PlatformDeveloping with Mendix doesn’t require multiple Mendix products. Everything is in one single place for an optimal development experience – saving time and increasing efficiency for any type of user. Developing an App with PowerApps alone may not be enough. In many cases, the Power Platform tools need to be used to allow the App to perform basic actions (e.g., task automation, data storage). PowerApps users will find themselves connecting different stand-alone products to be able to achieve the desired results. Implication: Using PowerApps means figuring out the right platforms to use to develop a solution and enhance collaboration, switching between platforms and having inconsistent development experiences.
3.3. Mendix Ability to Cover Multiple Use Cases
- External Use Cases
- Sophisticated Apps