About This Constellation ShortList™

A low-code tool or platform allows application developers to create software solutions with minimal skill and effort. For the purposes of this Constellation ShortList, a low-code tool is distinct from a low code-platform if it’s not a self-contained foundation upon which low-code applications run. Either type of low-code solution can be used to develop complete software applications that are built in very short amounts of time, often in just hours or days.

Enterprise low-code solutions, as distinct from more consumer-oriented low-code solutions such as IFTTT, are specifically are designed for the use in more sophisticated and complex business environments and take into account the unique requirements of the larger organizations. These requirements typically include security, integration, performance, manageability, governance, support and vendor capabilities/history.

A low-code tool or platform helps business and IT users to create targeted software solutions at a much lower cost that can address corporate IT backlogs. Low-code tools and platforms can also enable both centralized and grassroots digital transformation by accelerating and democratizing the process of digitizing the business while maximizing budget in the process.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions, taking into account capabilities from stablethird-party marketplace providers if required:

  • Ease of use with minimal coding or technical expertise
  • Compelling low-code application development model
  • Strong integration capabilities with local and cloud-based systems
  • Wide range of integration types and sources
  • Richness and robustness of the resulting applications
  • Effective desktop and mobile user experience 
  • Secure, fine-grained access control
  • Support for application templates and corporate branding
  • Support for leading version control and application lifecycle management (ALM) tools

The Constellation ShortList

Constellation evaluates over 25 solutions categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.

  • Appian
  • Citrix Podio
  • Google App Maker
  • Mendix
  • Microsoft PowerApps
  • OutSystems
  • Pegasystems
  • Salesforce
  • ServiceNow
  • TrackVia
  • WaveMaker
  • Zoho Creator

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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