Mendix, OutSystems, Salesforce and ServiceNow top Gartner hpaPaaS Magic Quadrant

Mendix, OutSystems, Salesforce and ServiceNow sit atop the summit of Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for enterprise high productivity application platform as a service (hpaPaaS).

The report marks Gartner’s second in the rather complicated-sounding ‘hpaPaaS’ category. To translate, the category covers rapid application development in the cloud with both low-code and no code capabilities; but as Gartner adds, their functionality is expanding to cover the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Salesforce scored top market in the ‘ability to execute’ category, while Mendix came out on top for the ‘completeness of vision’ section. In all, there were 20 vendors which made the cut, with a full 10 in the ‘niche players’ list. Microsoft made the list for the first time this year as the only company in the ‘challengers’ top left section; a similar role in the enterprise mobility management (EMM) Magic Quadrant.

Compared with last year’s verdict, ServiceNow is the only vendor to be promoted to the leaders’ pile. Yet the scattered group of vendors is reminiscent of the first mobile device management (MDM) analysis; a few leading companies trying to get ahead of the pack, and a whole set of challengers waiting to pounce.

Naturally, merger and acquisition activity tends to trim the field a bit – or in some cases, expand it. The acquisition of SkyGiraffe by ServiceNow late last year – Gartner focuses on its mobile UI capabilities – has arguably helped propel the company to the leaders’ section.

While this publication has focused predominantly on rapid mobile app development (RMAD) rather than just rapid app development per se, mobile and multi-channel support, including responsive UI, gets a high weighting in the Gartner analysis.

Paulo Rosado, CEO of OutSystems, said in a statement that this year’s Quadrant was “additional evidence of tremendous market momentum with high-productivity solutions quickly becoming a critical part of the enterprise IT stack,” while Josh Khan, ServiceNow platform business unit general manager, added that the company’s positioning was “consistent with our customers’ ability to create and deploy intelligent apps on our platform.”

You can read a full copy of the Gartner hpaPaaS Magic Quadrant here (OutSystems page).

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