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Mendix Brings Low Code to China

Enterprise low-code platform maker Mendix announced the introduction of its platform to the Chinese market this week.

It's parent company, Siemens, has a long-standing presence in the country, which will give Mendix a leg up, but it's the world-wide pandemic that seems to be driving interest in low-code development solutions globally.  Forrester analysts estimate that 75% of all enterprise software will be built with low-code technology in 2021, leading some industry watchers to call this "The Year of Low-Code." Gartner analysts have positioned Mendix as the "visionary leader" in its Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms Magic Quadrant two years in a row.

The Mendix platform is designed to enable both professional and so-called citizen developers to create enterprise-grade applications more than 10 times faster than traditional development, using drag-and-drop components and model-driven logic through an intuitive graphical user interface. Its cloud-native, microservices-based architecture was developed to deliver agility, flexibility, and scalability for digitalization projects "of every size and scope."

"Mendix is a new way that we have been looking for to greatly speed up application delivery in our digital operations," said Shi Chunhao, COO of Maxnerva Technology Services, a Chinese affiliate of Foxconn whose business domains include smart manufacturing, smart office, and new retail solutions, in a statement. "We have launched two apps within a month. Now we are developing the third app, and we believe it will be launched soon."

The company launched a new version of its platform last year, billing it as the industry's first "all-in-one" low-code platform. Mendix is at the heart of a "holistic development ecosystem" that integrates data and with artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality, IoT, and other advanced capabilities. The company's offering is aimed at a range of enterprises, from startups to multinational corporations across America, Europe, the Middle East, and beyond. These organizations are using the platform to update core legacy systems and deliver new capabilities to internal and external customers, the company says. Among Mendix's tier-one clients are Continental, Zurich Insurance, ConocoPhillips, the Municipality of Dubai, and NS, and the Netherlands' high-speed rail operator.

It's parent company, Siemens, has a long-standing presence in China, which will give Mendix a leg up, the company says, but it's the world-wide pandemic that seems to be driving interest in low-code development solutions internationally. Forrester analysts estimate that 75% of all enterprise software will be built with low-code technology in 2021, leading some industry watchers to call this "The Year of Low-Code."

"Under very challenging and difficult circumstances, low-code was able to showcase its value, delivering new apps for organizations within days and sometimes overnight," said Nick Ford, vice president of product and solutions marketing for Mendix, in a statement. "These real-world success stories set a new benchmark for what the future technology landscape looks like."

Gartner analysts have positioned Mendix as the "visionary leader" in its Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms Magic Quadrant two years in a row.

About the Author

John K. Waters is the editor in chief of a number of Converge360.com sites, with a focus on high-end development, AI and future tech. He's been writing about cutting-edge technologies and culture of Silicon Valley for more than two decades, and he's written more than a dozen books. He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance, which aired on PBS.  He can be reached at [email protected].


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