Enterprise Mobility using low code Rapid Application Development platform OutSystems

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OutSystems is dedicated to answering the challenges of digital transformation, mobile and faster delivery cycles. Here I focus on the specific mobile capabilities to increase velocity of overstretched IT departments to meet the increasing demand for Enterprise mobile applications.

Firstly, a quick summary of the platform. OutSystems is a minimal code Rapid Application Development and Enterprise delivery platform (web apps / cross platform mobile). Recognised as leaders in their field by Gartner, Forrester and Forbes.

Integrating with your Enterprise systems is straight forward using pre-built connecters. Fetch and update information from Salesforce.com, SAP, Oracle, MS Dynamics, SharePoint and more. In addition, you can connect to any system using web services (SOAP or RESTful) or through custom Java or .NET code.

OutSystems enables the rapid, agile and continuous development, delivery and management of all the applications needed to digitalise your enterprise, slashing current development times by 75%.

How does OutSystems Platform support mobile development?

To develop mobile applications, developers use one development environment to design the mobile UI as well as develop the backend logic, workflow and integration to legacy systems and cloud APIs

Applications delivered with OutSystems Platform are multi-channel ready from day one. From one application design, you can deploy apps, across iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and web, that can easily incorporate native capabilities like geolocation, camera, notifications, and on-device app integration.

Does OutSystems Platform support responsive web design?

Yes. OutSystems Platform enables organisations to employ responsive design techniques. Every time a new mobile device is announced it seems to come with a completely different screen size. As the number of different form factors increases, a full spectrum of sizes between the smallest smartphone and the largest computer display appears. This makes it harder to tweak a user interface (UI) when using something like a Galaxy Note or iPhone.

OutSystems Platform shields any company’s applications from this changing landscape with fluid grid design capabilities, UI widgets and a responsive UI framework called Silk UI.

What native capabilities does OutSystems Platform support?

All of a device’s native capabilities are supported by OutSystems Now. This hybrid app combines the advantages of both native and responsive web applications with a zero or low-maintenance piece of native code (a native shell). It leverages the industry leading open-source Apache Cordova cross-platform framework. However, developers can also evolve applications as demanded by the business with all the productivity associated with OutSystems Platform.

Is there an enterprise app store for OutSystems applications?

OutSystems Now is a native mobile app, available in the Apple Store, Google Play, and Windows Store. It aggregates all multiple mobile apps, inside a native application shell. All apps running inside this shell will have access to the device’s native capabilities, such as camera, barcode scanning, geolocation, device calendar, contacts and file system.

OutSystems Now allows any business user to connect to their OutSystems Platform environment, sign in, and from there have access to all the deployed applications they have access to.

A set of platform services is available in OutSystems Platform that allows the applications team to customize which apps are available to each user, or create complex custom rules to display them (for example, hiding some applications that are under a decommission process).

Can I build offline mobile apps with OutSystems Platform?

Yes, OutSystems recognise these offline apps have a special set of challenges that need to be overcome, such as: Limited space for storing data locally, Implementation and management of synchronization logic, Data conflicts, Outdated client side code.

With traditional technologies, developers must implement different versions for each operating system and deploy each new version across the entire device base. By contrast, OutSystems allows a mix of visual application delivery across every application layer, along with an offline-focused framework that makes it easy to build the offline portions of applications.

Gartner predict that by 2018 more than half of B2E apps will be created using codeless tools, so what are you waiting for? Call us today.

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