There is no standard classification or even some form of de facto nomenclature system that ranks software tools into an agreed tier system of standard/regular, mid-market intermediate and onward to advanced/elite status.
Regardless of any formalised scale existing as such, OutSystems is now pushing forward a platform upgrade that it says will deliver elite cloud-native tools for modern cloud applications.
With some 14 million users currently creating on its platform, OutSystems starts from low-code principles to extend to a wider toolset of enterprise level software engineering construct technologies spanning areas including connectivity and integration, application and data service acceleration… and onwards to the wider transept of cloud computing as it exists today.
What’s the best name for a new platform? Well, neo-modernist neologistic branding theory would probably suggest using ‘neo’, so codename Project Neo it is for now then.
OutSystems insists that it has architected the new platform from the ground up to solve constant change and software development talent shortages.
CEO and founder of OutSystems Paulo Rosado says that Project Neo is suitable for any development team to build any app at Internet (aka web-) scale.
Rosado details the mechanics of Project Neo by explaining that it combines the productivity benefits of visual, model-based development with container- and Kubernetes-based cloud architecture, hosted on Amazon Web Services (AWS).
“Developers should be the artisans of innovation in their organisation, but they are mired in complexity that stifles their ability to innovate and differentiate. Instead of using their talents to fix, change and maintain code and aging systems, you can give them tools that unleash their creativity,” said Rosado
Elite tools for developer pools
The new OutSystems platform promises to democratise development i.e. put elite tools in the hands of all developers and associated stakeholders.
In terms of working with so-called elite tooling, customers can build platforms that combine containers and Kubernetes with cloud technologies such as serverless, database autoscaling, event and messaging-based orchestration.
Into the specifics on tooling, Project Neo automates DevOps processes, manages an advanced cloud runtime, auto-documents code, resolves code dependencies, performs regression testing, enforces architecture standards, continuously adds new platform features and keeps an entire system updated.
According to OutSystems, “Running elite-performer-level DevOps practices enables developers to make multiple critical changes each day without increasing technical debt. Project Neo is automatically updated with the latest cloud technologies without impacting apps already in production.”
Auto-scaling consumer and B2B apps to deal with huge spikes in demand is made easier.
Plus also, in the realm of enterprise software factories, Project Neo will keep a development team running at peak productivity and performance with an ability to enable hundreds of developers to work simultaneously and continuously update portfolios of applications.
Project Neo is now available for public preview ahead of its official launch in 2022.