OutSystems powers up cloud-native developer platform

Applications perform, sometimes at different levels.

While we recognise the presence of short-lived, ephemeral, temporary lightweight applications that could be called low (or at least basic performance) apps, we also look to the real of increasingly cloud-native high-performance applications.

That’s the level OutSystems aims to operate at, indeed… the company refers to itself as a high-performance application development company.

As the 2022 event season now comes to a close, the organisation used its NextStep 2022 software innovation conference to details its new cloud-native development solution OutSystems Developer Cloud (ODC) – (formerly code-named “Project Neo”) a  low-code toolkit for building cloud-native applications.

ODC combines architecture based on Kubernetes, Linux containers, microservices and AWS native cloud services with DORA high performer-level CI/CD, enterprise-grade security – and visual, model-based development.

Platform composition

The platform comprises OutSystems 11 (O11), OutSystems 11 Cloud (O11 Cloud) and ODC.

According to OutSystems, the platform offers IT leaders and developers solutions based on their development goals and technology requirements with a focus on building serious applications, achieving serious productivity and enabling a continuous innovation cycle for business growth, scale and competitiveness.

“Our new OutSystems Developer Cloud will be familiar to our existing customers, and mind-blowing to those who have ever used traditional low-code or not left the traditional development lane,” said Gonçalo Gaiolas, chief product officer at OutSystems. “Kubernetes, cloud-native and microservices are technologies that customers struggle mightily to master. It takes months to years and millions of dollars to implement a typical application platform – all before developers can even begin building their first application.”

With ODC, Gaiolas says the firm has done all the hard work for customers so they can take advantage of these state-of-the-art technologies and begin writing their applications on day one.

OutSystems Developer Cloud

With its new architecture, ODC is said to deliver an array of benefits for customers building everything from customer-facing portals and internal line-of-business apps to core business systems.

It enables users to build omni-channel experiences with brand consistent UIs. ODC supports large user populations, transaction volumes and data requirements with a cloud-native architecture.

It employs a secure approach and enhanced developer productivity through visual programming and the application of AI-augmented development (AI Code Mentor). Using AI and automation across the software development lifecycle, ODC helps customers achieve high-performer status (as defined by DORA) when it comes to their CI/CD practices.

OutSystems announced new AI advancements in the platform at NextStep and developers can try OutSystems with a free trial version and experience these capabilities.

AI Mentor: front & centre

OutSystems also used NextStep 2022 Software Innovation Conference to launch the new OutSystems AI Mentor System.

This enhanced solution gives a set of AI-based development, security and quality analysis tools that provide expert-level assistance across the most critical areas of the software development lifecycle.

With AI Mentor System, IT teams can more easily optimise their architecture for performance, identify and fix security-related coding errors, and minimize technical debt and wasted development time. For more than four years, OutSystems has been infusing AI across the platform and the entire software development lifecycle to help developers, tech leads, and architects create software much faster and with enterprise-grade quality.

OutSystems AI Mentor System aids developers at every development step, providing intuitive, in-the-moment help when they need it.

The AI Mentor System also automates repetitive tasks, eliminates tedious work, and validates applications before they go into production to ensure they are built and maintained to the highest possible quality standards. Each of the AI Mentors serve as developers’ assistants, improving the development process for dramatic efficiency.

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