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WaveMaker vs competitors​

With over 2 decades of experience in the application development and modernization field, our product evangelists have enlisted 12 critical capabilities to consider while comparing various low-code platforms.

Read on for an objective, quick, and consumable take on the comparison of low-code platforms

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Comparison of WaveMaker
with its competitors

(WaveMaker vs Mendix vs Powerapps vs Outsystems)

The low-code industry is a vast playing field, offering something for every type of developer. While building simple apps was fast and complex ones were tough, that is fast changing. Platforms like WaveMaker are bringing low code value to mainstream enterprise application development.
Primary use case
User persona

Code generation

Lock-in

Pricing model

App Extensibility

App Deployment

Cloud native applications

UI Responsiveness

Business Process Support

Platform administration

Developer environment

WAVEMAKER

Modernization and new app development

Modern application development teams/fusion teams

100% open standards-based code generated for full application

No lock-in, runtime libraries are open source
Number of developers., unlimited apps, unlimited app users
Code generated is fully extensible using WaveMaker or 3rd party IDE
Multi-clouds and/or on-prem data centers
Yes

Responsive by default

Via integration with the BPM tool of choice
1 installer/ configuration setup
No setup required for developers

OUTSYSTEMS

Modernization and automation
Citizen developers and business process teams
Mix of code generation and metadata derived from model

Tied to Outsystems runtime

Number of: apps / environments / end users

Extensibility of application mainly enabled by model and process designer

OutSystems cloud, on-prem, Select clouds

Yes

Responsive by default

In-built

5 installers, including configuration setup

Desktop setup required
MENDIX
Process automation and new app development
Citizen developers and business process teams
No code generation, runtime based on metadata from model
Tied to Mendix runtime

Number of apps / end users

Extensibility of application mainly enabled by model and process designer

Mendix cloud, on-prem, Select clouds

Yes

Responsive by default

In-built

3 installers, including configuration setup

Desktop setup required

POWERAPPS

Process automation and new app development
Citizen developers and business process teams
Mix of .Net code generation and metadata derived from model

Tied to MS environment

Number of end users

Extensibility of App mainly enabled by model and process designer

PowerApps cloud

Yes

Responsive on customization

In-built

1 installer, including config setup for new apps

Browser setup and desktop setup required

WAVEMAKER

Primary use case

Modernization and new app development

User persona

Modern application development teams

Code generation

100% open standards based code generated for full application

Lock-in

No lock-in, runtime libraries are open source

Pricing model

Number of developers., unlimited apps, unlimited app users

App Extensibility

Code generated is fully extensible using WaveMaker or 3rd party IDE

App Deployment

Multi-clouds and/or on-prem data centers

Cloud native applications

Yes

UI Responsiveness

Responsive by default

Business Process Support

Via integration with the BPM tool of choice

Platform administration

1 installer/ configuration setup

Developer environment

No setup required for developers

OUTSYSTEMS

Primary use case

Modernization and automation

User persona

Citizen developers and business process teams

Code generation

Mix of code generation and metadata derived from model

Lock-in

Tied to Outsystems runtime

Pricing model

Number of: apps / environments / end users

App Extensibility

Extensibility of application mainly enabled by model and process designer

App Deployment

OutSystems cloud, on-prem, Select clouds

Cloud native applications

Yes

UI Responsiveness

Responsive by default

Business Process Support

In-built

Platform administration

5 installers, including configuration setup

Developer environment

Desktop setup required
MENDIX

Primary use case

Process automation and new app development

User persona

Citizen developers and business process teams

Code generation

No code generation, runtime based on metadata from model

Lock-in

Tied to Mendix runtime

Pricing model

Number of apps / end users

App Extensibility

Extensibility of application mainly enabled by model and process designer

App Deployment

Mendix cloud, on-prem, Select clouds

Cloud native applications

Yes

UI Responsiveness

Responsive by default

Business Process Support

In-built

Platform administration

3 installers, including configuration setup

Developer environment

Desktop setup required
OUTSYSTEMS1OUTSYSTEMSMENDIXPOWERAPPSWAVEMAKER
Primary use caseModernization and automationProcess automation and new app developmentProcess automation and new app developmentModernization and new app development
User personaCitizen developers and business process teamsCitizen developers and business process teamsCitizen developers and business process teamsModern application development teams
Code generationMix of code generation and metadata derived from modelNo code generation, runtime based on metadata from modelMix of .Net code generation and metadata derived from model100% open standards based code generated for full application
App ExtensibilityExtensibility of application mainly enabled by model and process designerExtensibility of application mainly enabled by model and process designerExtensibility of App mainly enabled by model and process designerCode generated is fully extensible using WaveMaker or 3rd party IDE
App DeploymentOutSystems cloud, on-prem, Select cloudsMendix cloud, on-prem, Select cloudsPowerApps cloudMulti-clouds and/or on-prem data centers
Lock-inTied to Outsystems runtimeTied to Mendix runtimeTied to MS environmentNo lock-in, runtime libraries are open source
Cloud native applicationsYesYesYesYes
UI ResponsivenessResponsive by defaultResponsive by defaultResponsive on customizationResponsive by default
Business Process SupportIn-builtIn-builtIn-builtVia integration with the BPM tool of choice
Pricing modelNumber of: apps / environments / end usersNumber of apps / end usersNumber of end usersNumber of developers., unlimited apps, unlimited app users
Platform administration5 installers, including configuration setup3 installers, including configuration setup1 installer, including config setup for new apps1 installer/ configuration setup
Developer environmentDesktop setup requiredDesktop setup requiredBrowser setup and desktop setup requiredNo setup required for developers

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