Outsystems and its perks.

OutSystems is an application for a fast development system based on low code. It works through a drag and drop programming method, consisting of ready-made graphic components and widgets, available on the platform. It is a system that works differently from the standard, with a visual approach that reaches all areas of programming, no matter if they are part of product construction, design, or systemic aspects. Saving time in creating apps and digital solutions is probably the best Low Coding attractive feature, as it renders building a program more manageable in a shorter time, which can be dedicated to business and risk management. This is especially advantageous for those companies that are already densely structured, and that suffer from the competition of those competitors with a more agile and flexible structure. Nowadays, where everything, especially in the technological field, moves so quickly, it is paramount to create products with a longer life span.

The platform, as intuitive as it can get, is divided into four sections:

Processes:

It includes the implementation of timers and batch processes, some of which is automation of the same.

UI:

The display of graphic elements and components that build up the interface.

Date:

Where the built application database is integrated.

Logic data:

all the computing part, the whole system behind every single widget.

As we have already stated, the process is very intuitive. Junior / senior developers and designers can easily build professional user interfaces. The alternative mode is “building by coding”, which is simple, but less immediate than how easily the WYSIWYG mode is managed.

If the developer needs assistance during the progression of the project, OutSystems provides a forum where answers to almost every question are given in detail. The platform also offers a wide range of free courses for those wishing to improve their skills. It starts from the most basic ones (normally for free), up to the more advanced (normally paid ones).

Why choose OutSystems?

Flexible and straightforward.

Outsystems’ low programming nature makes it particularly flexible and easy to use. Preformed blocks are intuitive to use and help build apps and pages with a minimal learning curve. The drag and drop system greatly reduces the time needed to build an app, and reduces the gap between traditional software development and modern DevOps.

Forge, workshop for components.

Forge is the store where the community develops and shares reusable components, modules and connectors. These add to the official components created by OutSystems with relative ease, and can be smoothly integrated with SAP and Google Drive.

The platform allows programmers to create frontend and backend components. Implementation of both apps and APIs, which can be used by other apps.

Project Publication.

Publishing a new app is also made easier by creating PK. These are files that include the features of the application, which can be easily uploaded to the store. The publication of a new version through the OutSystems console takes place automatically, with no need to go through the PK mode again. The developer does not have to re-create the file, but he can publish it through a single command. OutSystems auto generates the file. The same code can in fact produce, for example, the native Android and iOS versions of the same project. This also changes how the update works, as the application is not downloaded from the store, but an automatic update takes place within the application itself. As the apps are created in native language, they are portable to any environment.

Designed to manage important Enterprise projects.

Strategically speaking, our OutSystems certified team is able to tackle complex enterprise projects with a new learner technological approach. Traditional systems would not allow such straightforward management. It is especially suitable for B2B projects where the value of datas is preponderant. The greater connectivity guaranteed by the low code approach allows for improved process management, and by consequence savings on the maintenance of structures and investments. It also allows integration with industry standard protocols, API implementation and third-party business tools such as SAP and Salesforce. The speed in handling the feedback process also increased, and thus a more accurate ROI (return of investment) calculation is possible.

It can recycle previous structures.

Low-code can work with code previously developed by an IT team, so previous investments don’t go to waste. The platform’s advanced architecture can take advantage of microservices and containers, making the process flexible and scalable without impacting performance or compromising on governance and transparency.

The importance of certifications.

Acquiring new certifications is essential so we can train developers who are able to ensure operational skills and quality output on projects. We have set up a certified team which follows end-to-end Enterprise projects with OutSystems.

Vlad, one of our Senior developers, is pleased he achieved his OutSystems certifications. He obtained the first one about four years ago, as Traditional Associate.

“With a little commitment, the basic courses can be done in a week”. “All the courses are well structured and very clear”.

The theory is well explained, and there is plenty of exercises available to memorize the contents. When choosing the courses to follow, in particular, it is easy to find very flexible learning paths, although I believe that some courses are more important than others (web development, architecture specialist).

Vlad currently has several intermediate level certifications, such as Associate Reactive, Traditional Web Dev, and Mobile Dev.

 “I took the first certification independently while working at a previous company”. “In retrospect, I’m satisfied because it opened up a few doors for me. Its structure allows to better analyze the work in detail, optimizing the programming time “.

“I decided to continue my education because I needed to obtain the certifications so I could grow as a professional developer and enter the Outsystems associate program. Without these certificates, we would not have been able to bid for many projects of interest. In fact, it opened up an interesting slice of the market for us. At the moment I am getting ready to take a certification as a Dev Ops Engineer and as a Tech Lead ”.