Gartner assesses emerging ‘high productivity’ aPaaS market in new report

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Analyst firm Gartner has released a new Magic Quadrant on enterprise high productivity application platform as a service (hpaPaaS), and found Mendix, OutSystems and Salesforce at the top of the tree.

The first thing to note here is to translate the acronym. We have the platform as a service part – application infrastructure with cloud added – and application platform as a service (aPaaS) which covers the application development side. Add in high productivity and you have the official Gartner definition: hpaPaaS provides rapid application development features for development, deployment and execution – in the cloud.

With that out of the way, it’s worth examining the runners and riders and the conditions for entry. Vendors needed to have at least one platform which is a cloud service, be enterprise-grade – for instance, the provider taking some responsibility for high availability and disaster recovery – have more than 200 organisations as paying customers and generating an estimated revenue of at least $4 million.

Mendix was cited as having the highest score in completeness of vision, while Salesforce was significantly in front in terms of ability to execute. This is perhaps not a huge surprise given the latter’s size, with the report noting their ‘well established presence’ and revenue, as well as being a ‘pioneer of cloud computing’. Yet in comparison, Forrester’s Wave report last month on mobile low-code development platforms featured the same three leaders, alongside Kony. Gartner puts Kony at the very edge of the ‘challengers’ box in its analysis.

“Gartner’s definition of enterprise-class high productivity aPaaS is spot on,” said Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems in a statement. “IT organisations are demanding faster digital solutions that address multiple use cases, are easy to use, and have broad functional depth.

“We believe the introduction of a high productivity Magic Quadrant is proof that thousands of enterprise customers are experiencing tangible value from low-code development solutions, and we are thrilled to be considered a leader in this emerging category,” Rosado added.

Johan den Haan, CTO at Mendix, said: “We believe the creation of a standalone hpaPaaS Magic Quadrant recognises the ability of high-productivity platforms to significantly shorten time to value for enterprises. It’s great to see recognition of our category and an honour to be recognised as a leader by Gartner.”

Gartner adds that despite the leaders identified in this report, sustained leadership ‘remains open to new players’, indicating the nascence of the market. You can read the report reprint here (email required, link to OutSystems page).

Read more: Low-code mobile development platforms bubble up nicely in Forrester analysis

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