The Product League team was present at OutSystems largest low-code event of the year: NextStep Amsterdam!

On the 8th and 9th of October, more than 1200 attendees gathered to share knowledge, connect and attend sessions on the latest low code digital transformations. The two days were packed with inspiring keynotes, business cases and product demos to showcase the opportunities of the platform. The main focus of the event however, was the product demo for the launch of OutSystems 11 by CEO Paulo Rosado.

With version 11, OutSystems tackles the biggest enterprise IT challenge: technical debt caused by the maintenance of legacy systems, also called the “legacy system gridlock”.

The legacy gridlock problem is huge. Seventy percent of IT budgets are spent maintaining large portfolios of legacy apps, including aging systems and brittle, over-customized ERP and CRM systems. This massive technical debt is a roadblock to business innovation, and it opens the door to disruption by more agile competitors. 

Paulo Rosado, CEO and Founder of OutSystems

According to OutSystems, the  latest version of the platform brings six new capabilities to eliminate these problems:

  • Modern microservices architecture plus impact analysis delivers unbreakable builds:  in-depth impact analysis of entire systems before release provides advance warning so builds don’t break. Teams are more agile, safely creating and changing reusable services and applications fast and at scale. This eliminates hours spent on validating and fixing the issues with complex sets of apps and large systems.
  • Out-of-the-box monitoring gives real-time visibility into large portfolios: embedded monitoring, out-of-the-box analytics, and built-in dashboards show where or why a given app or service is not performing as designed.
  • Continuous delivery team features: using a full entitlement model that extends to all apps and services, you can control who can create and manage services, and who can consume them. Organizations can structure themselves based on delivery streams for each business area that work in parallel.
  • Container support standardizes operations and portability: deploy apps and services to leading container-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service providers — including Amazon, ECS, Azure Container Service, Pivot PAS and on-premises Docker container environments — for faster, leaner deployment and increased scalability, resilience, and portability.
  • New UI Framework to deliver beautiful user experiences (UX) quickly: a new UI framework makes it easy to serve up experiences at scale across multiple delivery streams while ensuring brand and UX consistency. Developers can access screen templates and patterns derived from analyzing leading consumer apps directly from the OutSystems visual editor and customize, extend, and reuse them as needed.
  • Advanced security features protect entire app portfolios, from development to deployment: scale the security of systems and apps beyond the traditional boundaries of IT with a platform designed for security. Automated risk assessments, granular access controls, and activity monitoring supplement manual processes and provide the necessary visibility and due diligence required of large application portfolios.
What do we think of the new platform release? 

This is low-code for the very, very large software systems. From our experience in talking to enterprise customers, this clearly fits their needs to replace large application portfolios. In the last years, an increasing amount of examples emerged about failed migration projects and immense costs caused by years of delay in these type of enterprise scale projects. In a fast paced digital market, our enterprise customers can no longer afford to be kept waiting for years. Therefore we are convinced that OutSystems 11 can truly accelerate the digital transformation of large portfolios of legacy apps, including aging systems and brittle, over-customized ERP and CRM systems.

From a customer experience perspective, OutSystems 11 helps to deliver applications that are designed and developed with a UX- first approach. The new UI frameworks have been created based on pattern studies across industries to analyze leading consumer trends. So without specialized design resources, developers can access screen templates directly from the OutSystems visual editor and customize, extend, and reuse them as needed. This capability is an amazing benefit when talking to business stakeholders to quickly realize a design style that fits their expectations best.

We look forward to bring these new capabilities of the platform into practice, and continue to explore and challenge the platform together with our team, clients and partners.

Getting ready for AI

Looking at the near future, OutSystems also shared their vision regarding AI and how it will be implemented in the platform.

With an accuracy of 90%, AI assisted flow development will even increase the speed of development with OutSystems by suggesting code patterns in the development environment while developers are working on the process flows. These highly anticipated AI features are a result of OutSystems Center of Excellence to bring AI/ML to application development.