Strategic advisory and analyst firm Constellation Research recently released the findings from its Constellation ShortList for Enterprise Low-Code Tools and Platforms. The report from Dion Hinchcliffe and Holger Mueller spotlights 14 enterprise low-code tools that are suitable choices for businesses of all sizes. Each Constellation ShortList report is updated yearly, although some reports can be updated after six months if deemed necessary.
The Constellation ShortList for Enterprise Low-Code Tools and Platforms evaluated 25 enterprise low-code solution providers before selecting the 14 vendors listed. Constellation used a combination of partner conversations, client inquiries, vendor selection projects, market share, customer references, and internal research to determine which companies would be included in the report. Constellation also took client company size and marketing resources into consideration.
Note: Solution providers are listed in alphabetical order.
Appian BPM software is a model-driven app development platform that allows both experienced and citizen developers to build process-centric and case-centric applications with the ability to monitor and improve business processes in response to changing needs. What separates Appian from many other BPM solutions is its ability to manage business outcomes, in addition to the process orchestration of hybrid processes. Additionally, Appian is especially social-centric, easing collaboration between customers, workers, and suppliers. In early 2020, Appian acquired Novayre Solutions for an undisclosed amount. Additionally, the provider raised $775 million in January of 2021.
Claris Filemaker enables users to quickly and easily build custom applications. With built-in templates, drag-and-drop design, and an intuitive graphical user interface, business applications can be created in no time. Additionally, Claris FileMaker includes industry-standard protections to keep company data secure in the cloud and on-prem. Users can also utilize the script debugger, data viewer, and database design report to help develop and deploy custom applications.
Google AppSheet is an intelligent platform that allows users to develop apps that adapt to their organization’s business processes. Data can be collected from any device, instantly syncing to the original data source. This gives users the ability to analyze in real-time through the use of custom-built dashboards and automatic reports. Additionally, through process automation, users can automatically move data and notify teams throughout an organization.
Integromat is a workflow automation applications software developer. The vendor’s solution supports dynamically created inputs and outputs, enabling users to call remote database procedures and map their input and output variables. The platform also gives users the ability to use built-in routers to duplicate any incoming data, which allows them to divide their scenarios into multiple routes and process data separately.
Kissflow, from OrangeScape, is a cloud-based BPM solution suitable for businesses of all sizes. The software automates business processes and monitors performance. Additionally, Kissflow helps initiate process requests, view items that require user actions, and approve pending tasks. The system comes included with 50 pre-installed business applications, including employee onboarding, vendor payment, mileage reimbursement, and much more. Users are able to download these applications, edit them as they see fit, or build their own applications from scratch.
Mendix by Siemens is a low-code, high-productivity platform that enables enterprises to transform how they innovate and compete with applications. With model-driven development, business leaders and IT teams can have a shared understanding of application development. Rather than focusing on speed of development, Mendix values providing a comprehensive set of tools and best practices for the entire application lifecycle, from building, testing, deploying, and iterating.
Microsoft PowerApps empowers company teams to start building and launching applications immediately using pre-built templates, drag-and-drop simplicity, and quick deployment. Developers can also use Azure to extend low-code apps built with PowerApps and create enterprise solutions that scale to meet the needs of their organization. Additionally, IT teams can easily build chatbots to engage conversationally with their clients and employees with no coding required.
Oracle APEX is the native application development platform of the Oracle Database. Using APEX, developers can quickly create and deploy apps that solve real-world problems and provide immediate value. APEX delivers powerful data management and data visualization capabilities, as well as responsive development straight out of the box. The platform also provides an Advisor to assess the quality of an application and identify any potential errors in advance.
OutSystems is a low-code platform that enables enterprises to develop, deploy, and manage enterprise-grade applications. The platform’s high productivity and AI-assisted tools help developers to build apps that transform the user experience, deliver workplace innovation, automate processes, and modernize core systems quickly. OutSystems combines the power of low-code tools with advanced development capabilities, allowing for the visual development of entire apps that easily integrate with existing systems.
Pegasystems offers a Business Process Management tool that is developed on Java and OOP concepts. The platform allows users to quickly assemble an executable business application using visual tools. Pegasystems has an extensive history of developing applications that offer support services to carry out daily operations like sales, marketing, and services. The system supports case lifecycle management allowing business owners to develop a process flow that brings people and technology together for routine automation and improves reliability and efficiency in unexpected events. Within the last year, the vendor also launched Process Fabric, a business portal to coordinate user access with processes and applications. In early 2021, the provider also acquired Qurious.io for AI capabilities.
Salesforce Lightning App Builder empowers app developers to quickly create applications with low-code, extend with pro-code, and leverage an ecosystem of pre-built components on the Salesforce Platform. Users can create seamless interactions with automated processes and customize experiences with a range of configurable components. The Lightning App Builder also enables IT teams to turn spreadsheets into modern cloud applications.
The ServiceNow Now Platform delivers cross-enterprise digital workflows that connect people, functions, and systems to facilitate innovation, increase agility, and enhance productivity. Users can maximize efficiency throughout the organization with visual process maps that help users identify potential bottlenecks and streamline work. IT teams can also discover and map linked processes for a full picture view of how each process connects and impacts each other. The platform also integrates with Continual Improvement Management to refine processes and track their business value.
VINYL by Zudy is a no-code enterprise application development platform. The tool allows users to automate their business processes in minutes. From simple to complex business logic, including user-defined workflows that support notifications via email and text, VINYL’s business engine enables users to freely automate any business process. Additionally, the platform’s presentation layer delivers complete control over page design, panels, and controls using an intelligent environment with no code.
Zoho Creator is an online application builder designed to help organizations better manage their business processes. Using an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, users can develop their own custom applications without the hassle of coding. Zoho Creator offers a massive array of tools in addition to a feature-rich development platform. The platform falls in line with the highest security standards, keeping data safe and providing regular updates and backups. The platform gives users all Zoho features regardless of which package is purchased.