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Mendix
"Private
Industry "Computer Software
"Digital transformation
"Platform as a service
"Cloud computing
"Agile Software Development
"Enterprise Software
Founded 2005
Headquarters "Boston, "Massachusetts
Key people
Derek Roos, "CEO
Marcel Karssen, "CFO
Johan den Haan, "CTO
Products
  • Mendix platform
Number of employees
Approximately 300 (2017)
Website www.mendix.com

Mendix is a low-code, high-productivity platform that enables enterprises to transform how their organizations innovate and compete with applications. The platform is recognized as a Leader in Gartner's 2017 High Productivity Application Platform as a Service (HpaPaaS)[1] Magic Quadrant, a Leader in Gartner's 2017 Mobile Application Development Platform Magic Quadrant [2] and a Leader in Forrester's 2017 Wave for Mobile Low-Code Development Platform[3].

Low-code application development makes it possible to build web and mobile applications without having to code. Organizations use the platform to develop applications that help improve operational efficiency, customer experiences and introduce new digital products.

Unlike other platforms that only aim to speed up the application development process, Mendix focuses on providing a comprehensive set of tools and best practices for the entire application lifecycle [4], from building, testing, deploying and iterating. With Mendix’s cloud native architecture, enterprises can deploy applications on any cloud or on premise with one click. Mendix is a platform to create and continuously improve multi-channel applications at scale.["citation needed]

History[edit]

The company was founded in the Netherlands in 2005[5] and moved its headquarters to the United States in early 2012.[6]

In October 2011, Mendix raised $13 million with its first round of venture capital funding. The funding was led by Prime Ventures, with additional participation from HENQ Invest, which provided an unnamed sum in 2006.[7]

In January 2014, Mendix closed a $25 million Series B, led by Battery Ventures. According to company officials, the new funding will be used for continued global expansion, product development and sales efforts. The company also reported triple-digit growth for the fifth consecutive year.[8]

In 2014, Mendix accelerated plans associated with its partner ecosystem. The company announced 20 new partners worldwide, including Bodhtree, UST Global, Pegamento and Pariveda Solutions. This list complements the company’s existing partner network, including Accenture, Capgemini, and others.[9] Subsequent partner additions included Mphasis,[10] Blue Box,[11] Sogeti,[12] HP[13] and most recently, Pivotal.[14]

The Pivotal partnership is part of the company’s strategy around Cloud Foundry. Mendix has also announced its membership in the Cloud Foundry Foundation. The company plans to help evolve the open source standard as well as integrate Cloud Foundry’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) framework with its rapid app platform-as-a-service (aPaaS).[15]

Already established within the market, Mendix has received a number of mentions, most recently from Forbes – listing Mendix as one of the top ten companies disrupting industries through technology[16] – and from Always On Network – including Mendix within the top 100 OnMobile Private Companies.[17]

Mendix customers include The Boston Globe,[18] Dun & Bradstreet,[19] KPN,[20] "Liverpool Victoria,[21] NLE,[22] and The University of Pennsylvania.[23]

Product[edit]

The Mendix application platform is based on visual, "model-driven software development.

The platform-as-a-service (PaaS) tool for rapid application development prioritizes speed and agility and utilizes a “no code” principle. The use of visual models in Platforms-as-a-service tools simplify app creation and migration, and allows business users to more directly participate in the development of applications. The result is a significant reduction in time to market, allowing IT teams and business leaders to collaborate on building effective applications.[24]

At the request of Mendix,[25] QSM Research made an independent benchmark of the product as compared with the average of software projects in the QSM industry database. According to this report, Mendix required smaller teams and shorter projects, and reduced development effort with respect to the average.[26][25]

Starting with version 4 of their platform (which was released in the Spring of 2012), Mendix included features for project management through integrated "social collaboration.[27]

The company offers a "free software "community edition of the Mendix application development tools. The company simultaneously announced their new cloud ecosystem for teams, business analysts and other partners.[28]

Most recently, Mendix announced enhancements to the Mendix platform for "multi-channel app development and "mobile application development. Features of the new mobile release include pre-defined Layouts for smartphone, tablet and desktop user interfaces.[29]

The Mendix App Store also offers new widgets to access native device functions, such as contacts, camera, geolocation and bar code scanner for use even by staffers "with no technical knowledge." The company also released the Mendix Developer App to test mobile apps. With it, developers can scan a QR code to pair their target devices with their development environments to test native device functionality.[30]

In December 2014, Mendix was cited as a “Leader” in the Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms for Rapid Developers, Q4 2014 report.[31] Gartner also listed Mendix as a Visionary within its 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platforms as a Service.[32]

Recently Mendix announced a reseller agreement with SAP through which, "SAP will resell  the Mendix platform under the name "SAP Cloud Platform Rapid Application Development by Mendix. This is to enable customers to develop custom developments quickly.[33]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gartner High Productivity aPaaS Magic Quadrant". Mendix. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms". Mendix. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Mobile Low-Code Development Platforms, Download Forrester's Report". Mendix. Retrieved 2017-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Corporate Coolaid". Mendix. Retrieved 2017-09-19. 
  5. ^ Leena Rao, “Mendix Helps Enterprises Streamline Application Deployment,” TechCrunch, April 2009
  6. ^ Christopher Calnan, “Dutch software firm Mendix set to move to Cambridge,” Mass High Tech, December 2007
  7. ^ Sean Ludwig, “Mendix grabs $13M to fuel fast enterprise app development,” VentureBeat, October 2011
  8. ^ Natasha Lomas, "Mendix, An App-Builder Platform For The Enterprise, Closes $25M Series B Led By Battery Ventures," TechCrunch, January 2014
  9. ^ , “Mendix Announces Expanded Partner Program, Strong Ecosystem Growth,” Reuters, July 2014
  10. ^ , “Mphasis Partners with Mendix to Rapidly Turn Industry Knowledge into Innovative Solutions,” Yahoo! Finance, September 2014
  11. ^ , “Blue Box Brings Rapid Application Development to Enterprise Cloud Foundry and OpenStack Deployments with Mendix,” Yahoo! Finance, December 2014
  12. ^ Jess Lulka, “Sogeti Partners with Mendix for Cloud Application Delivery,” Desktop Engineering, October 2014
  13. ^ Darryl K. Taft, “Mendix Teams with HP for No-Code Development on Helion,” eWeek, December 2014
  14. ^ Ben Kepes, “Mendix and Pivotal Partner To Enable Easier Development,” Forbes, April 2015
  15. ^ , “Mendix Joins New Cloud Foundry Foundation for Open PaaS,” Yahoo! Finance, December 2014
  16. ^ Larry Myler, “"Ten Companies That Are Disrupting Their Industries Through Technology". Archived from the original on 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2017-06-09. Forbes, October 2014
  17. ^ "The 2014 OnMobile 100 Top Private Companies". Archived from the original on 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-04-22.  ,” AlwaysOn, November 2014
  18. ^ Mendix, "Our Customers: Boston Globe,"
  19. ^ Curt Woodward, “Mendix Raises $25M to Expand Enterprise Software Platform,” Xconomy, January 2014
  20. ^ , “KPN rapidly builds and future-proofs key application supporting its mobile networks,” VanillaPlus Magazine, October–November 2014
  21. ^ Charles Orton-Jones, “Achieving Business Growth Using the Cloud,” Raconteur, October 2014
  22. ^ PAN Communications, “Energy Supplier NLE Adopts the Mendix App Platform to Fuel Innovation,” BusinessWire, March 2014
  23. ^ Dian Schaffhauser, “U Penn Nanofab Lab Quickly Erects Admin App on Public Cloud Platform,” Campus Technology, August 2014
  24. ^ Erik Linask, “The New World of PaaS,” Cloud Computing Magazine, June 2014
  25. ^ a b [1] GSM Mendix benchmark report
  26. ^ , “Mendix delivers figures to show it’s 6 times faster for application development,” Cloud Computing Intelligence, November 2014
  27. ^ Josette Rigsby, “Mendix Brings Social Collaboration to Project Management,” CMSWire, May 2011
  28. ^ Sara Castellanos, “Mendix launches free business app development software for startups, small teams,” The Boston Business Journal, April 2014 Archived 2015-04-26 at the "Wayback Machine.
  29. ^ Ian Barker, “New platform speeds up development of multi-platform enterprise apps,” Betanews, October 2014
  30. ^ David Ramel, “Mendix App Platform Integrates with PhoneGap for Cross-Platform Mobile Development,” ADT Mag, October 2014
  31. ^ Reuters, “Mendix Named a Leader Among Enterprise Public Cloud Platforms for Rapid Developers by Independent Research Firm,” Reuters, December 2014
  32. ^ Reuters, “Mendix Named a Visionary in Gartner 2015 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Application Platform as a Service, Worldwide,” Reuters, April 2015
  33. ^ "Mendix Announces Global Reseller Agreement with SAP, Providing Enterprises Low-Code Development for Building Enterprise Apps at Speed and Scale". Mendix. 2017-09-26. Retrieved 2017-11-12. 

29. Glassdoor, "Working at Mendix", Glassdoor, July 2017

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