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We performed a comparison between Mendix and SAP Cloud Platform based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"You can scale the solution.""You can scale the solution.""The solution is stable.""We find it intuitive and easy to use.""The most valuable features are the integration and UI customization.""They are leading in the smart manufacturing, and connectivity space.""The features that I have found most valuable with Mendix are its business process management and its minimal low code, both from an interface perspective and from a process perspective.""The most valuable features are the decorative style, model-driven development, and the fact that Mendix validates flows. Mendix is quick to develop because it's a low-code platform. It's very robust, flexible, open, and scalable. It's for a low-code customer. The tooling is also really good and it has mobile capabilities."

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"The solution can scale.""Though I'm not a massive fan of the SAP Cloud Platform, it has good features, such as its integration with other SAP solutions. When integrating with SAP or even the SAP sister company SuccessFactors and other companies SAP has acquired, you also enjoy data features in the SAP Cloud Platform, such as role-based permissions and other characteristics you can import from SAP.""Great Integration Suite, with CPI being its stable component.""It’s great that we have the entire suite of SAP at our fingertips.""The HANA replications are very useful.""The ability to expand it whenever required has been great — it's very simple.""It’s easy to maintain, as everything is handled by SAP.""The dashboard provides pretty good clarity."

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Cons
"There needs to be an increase in the number of the UI components.""There should be more integration with engineering applications and tighter integration for user authentication, such as single sign-on, etc. They have some of that. It just could be stronger.""The platform still has many areas for improvement. If I compare apples to apples, the PWA features of Mendix could be improved, for example, I wouldn't recommend creating a B2C or B2B marketplace or web portals on Mendix, but there's a tendency for people to still do it through the systems provided by my company, particularly implement B2B or B2C marketplace, versus using eBay or Shopify. On the web portal front, Mendix still needs to improve.""There is always a layer of custom code required.""There's no direct tech support.""Mendix is slightly less scalable than I'd like.""There are not enough developers who are using Mendix. The knowledge base available online and in the market is not as rich as other competitors.""I struggle with solutions like Mendix in terms of creating enterprise solutions."

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"In person, when the development happens, we were told that it's flexible and customizable. However, sometimes, it's challenging to customize.""Shows errors without providing any analysis.""I can’t speak to features that may be missing.""While it was good for a small entity, it was not ideal for a large enterprise.""The main problem is that there aren't any easy migrations from SAP PO to SAP CPI, so from process orchestration to cloud platform integration.""From what I understand, the SAP Cloud Platform is for implementation on AWS or Azure, and it's not meant to be a full-fledged cloud solution, so while using the platform, an area for improvement is that it has fewer offerings and is less flexible when compared to AWS. AWS has a lot more flexibility than the SAP Cloud Platform. I've also used Azure in college and AWS in between, and I prefer AWS over the SAP Cloud Platform. The only reason I would ever stick with the SAP Cloud Platform is to create applications integrated with SAP or with other companies within SAP, such as SuccessFactors. When you go into the SAP Cloud Platform web page, it's a bit bland and has relatively limited offerings. For example, there doesn't seem to be in-house MongoDB support, but I realize there's in-house support for the PostgreSQL database, so there are fewer offerings in the SAP Cloud Platform. Yes, you can always go for a database on the actual MongoDB server rather than depending on the offerings of the SAP Cloud Platform. However, it's still better to support MongoDB from the platform, so payment is consolidated, rather than going to a different location to make a payment. Another room for improvement in the SAP Cloud Platform is the need to create an SAP subaccount if you need to use the platform unless you have an SSO login by Google or if you're using a different identity provider such as Microsoft or Google. Instead of requiring dependency on SAP, it would be good if users could use the SAP Cloud Platform even without a subaccount on SAP. For example, when hosting an application on AWS or Azure, you don't have to create an account in Amazon or Microsoft. You can still do it using Google. You can use almost anything, so I'd like SAP to improve by removing the dependency, particularly the requirement to create an SAP account to use the SAP Cloud Platform.""Lacks flexibility in its licensing structure.""The addition of more industry use cases would be an improvement."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Licensing costs are similar to those for all other IT technology, but they vary by region."
  • "Mendix seems a bit expensive. But in terms of wanting to have less developers and higher velocity, the total cost of ownership is fine. It's not cheap, though."
  • "Mendix is not open source, but its license cost is cheap, particularly when compared to the Appian license. The license model would depend on how many users you have and how many applications you are creating. If you are creating a single app, you just need to have a single app license, so it's free. If you want a multiple app license to cover two thousand or three thousand users, for example, internal users or external users, then you need to pay for the license. There's also a license model for above three thousand or four thousand, or five thousand internal and external users."
  • "There is a license required to use Mendix. The solution's price is high, but it is best suited for enterprise companies that have the budget. It is not for small or medium-sized businesses."
  • "Its cost is higher than competitors. The cost mostly includes licensing. It is charged per user. The cost model could be better. When you have a big company, what does per user mean? If I have a company where I have 40,000 people who will go to access it but only 200 do, how do you license it and who do you pay for? If they hit it once, do you pay for it? The licensing is complex for a big company. It is easy for us to buy all we can eat, get an enterprise license agreement, and call it good."
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  • "The cost when it comes to monitoring can be difficult."
  • "SAP offers yearly, subscription-based, and pay-as-you-use licensing."
  • "Cost-wise, I'm unsure of how expensive the SAP Cloud Platform is."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Licensing costs are similar to those for all other IT technology, but they vary by region. As such, the United States, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan all have disparate licensing costs, even when it… more »
    Top Answer:We do not use the solution, but manage Mendix's process. We are partnered with Mendix and implement it within the organization, something practiced with prevalence in the UAE. Those making use of the… more »
    Top Answer:While I can't say exactly which version of Mendix we are using, I can state that it is the latest one. The business analyst has a more important role than that of the developer in a Mendix project. He… more »
    Top Answer:One of the best features of SAP Cloud Platform is that it is web-based and you can log in from anywhere in the world. SAP Cloud Platform is suitable for companies of any size; it works well with both… more »
    Top Answer:How is SAP Cloud Platform different than Amazon AWS? Amazon AWS offers options both in terms of upgrading and expanding capabilities as well as acquiring greater storage space. These upgrades can… more »
    Top Answer:The solution is very useful and interactive with a dashboard for viewing other interfaces.
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    SAP HANA Cloud Platform
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    Overview

    Mendix is a low-code application development platform that helps your organization accelerate its application development lifecycle. The solution is designed to enable you to create software faster by abstracting and automating the development process for better business outcomes at speed and scale. Mendix has many key capabilities, including a tailored IDE for every developer, built-in collaboration tools for team development, feedback management, agile project management, the ability to build a truly responsive design across devices, and much more.

    Mendix Features

    Mendix has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • App development
    • Multi-experience
    • Artificial intelligence
    • Intelligent automation
    • Data integration
    • Atlas UI framework
    • Cloud-native scaling
    • Single-click deployment
    • User-based security
    • Version control
    • Automated testing
    • Comprehensive admin suite

    Mendix Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Mendix. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Efficient and easy to learn: Mendix allows business users and developers to build and deploy sophisticated multi-channel apps with a model-driven development platform that is much more efficient and easier to learn than traditional technologies.
    • Simple and responsive UI: Mendix allows business engineers to create an optimal user experience through predefined layouts for smartphone, tablet, and desktop user interfaces.
    • Native device functions: Mendix offers out-of-the-box widgets for native device functions. Mendix developers who are building a hybrid app can easily drag and drop a widget as a building block into an app without any further coding.
    • End-to-end mobile app dev flow: Mendix supports the end-to-end mobile app development flow, which makes it simple and intuitive for any developer to build mobile apps that can be part of larger multi-channel applications integrated with back-end apps and services.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the Mendix solution.

    PeerSpot user Somnath G., Solution Architect and LowCode Practice Lead at a tech services company, says, "What I found most valuable in Mendix is that it's very much suitable for mobile apps such as native Android or IOS supported mobile apps. The multiple features of the platform are very, very attractive and very popular. Mendix has technical features such as microflows and nanoflows. You can also access data models in the platform. These are the features that are very, very strong in Mendix. I got my hands dirty on other low-code platforms, but I have not seen such strong features in them compared to the microflows, nanoflows, and data model access that are in Mendix, including creating and integration. The platform has out-of-the-box adapters or out-of-the-box-connectors that you can integrate with different interface applications such as SAP, Salesforce, Oracle EBS, etc."

    Sameer V., Consulting Manager at Deloitte, mentions, “Their native mobile capability is very good. In general, the way they launch the product has been great. Their product launching strategy is far better than any other platform. I work in OutSystems and Mendix. They tend to be more on the legacy side, OutSystems. With this solution, the product launching strategy is very, very agile. I really like when they roll out their updates, which are very, very frequent.”

    Robert B., Solutions Architect at a computer software company, explains, The solution is just very quick and responsive. The initial setup is very straightforward, and those implementing the product do not have to be very technologically advanced in order to manage the process.”

    SAP Cloud Platform is an integration platform as a service (iPaaS) and PaaS cloud tool. It powers applications that deliver real-time insights to contribute to more effective and timely decision-making. Customers all over the world from different-sized companies use SAP Cloud Platform to build application extensions, integrate landscapes, or extend existing enterprise applications in the cloud.

    The platform incorporates innovative technologies, including big data, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML). SAP Cloud Platform supports native services and products by SAP, as well as partners with popular platforms such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Amazon AWS, and Alibaba Cloud.

    Users of the product can extend, integrate, and develop applications on premises and in the cloud. The product offers flexibility, agility, and scalability, as it enables easy integration and connection of different applications within the platform. The solution is based on open standards and provides a wide range of development tools.

    SAP has announced that they are removing SAP Cloud Platform as a brand name and moving its capabilities within SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). The features of SAP Cloud Platform will be integrated into SAP BTP to assist with data management and analytics, alongside other components of the platform. Existing customers of SAP Cloud Platform will continue to benefit from its products under SAP Integration Suite and SAP Extension Suite.

    SAP Cloud Platform Capabilities

    The solution offers a wide variety of tools, application capabilities, services, and application programming interface (API). These can be categorized in the following ways:

    • Enterprise extensions: The features of SAP Cloud Platform in this category include SAP Localization Hub, Tax Service, Data Enrichment for SAP S/4HANA, SAP Data Quality Management, SAP Business Application Studio, ABAP environment, and SAP Web IDE.

    • Intelligent BPM: This set of features includes SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Process Visibility, Business Rules, and Workflow.

    • Integration Suite: The features of SAP Cloud Platform in this category include Open Connectors, OData Provisioning, API Management, Cloud Integration, and Smart Data Integration.

    • Digital experience: Features in this category include SAP Conversational AI, Mobile Services, Document Service, Portal, SAP Build, SAPUI5, and SAP Fiori Cloud.

    • Data-driven insights: This category of capabilities includes SAP Leonardo Internet of Things, SAP Data Intelligence, SAP Edge Services, IoT, SAP HANA Cloud, SAP Web Analytics, SAP Streaming Analytics, SAP ASE Service, and SAP Analytics Cloud.

    • Platform foundation: Alert Notification, Application Logging, Data Retention Manager, Job Scheduler, Java Server, and Transport Management are included in this group of capabilities.

    SAP Cloud Platform Benefits

    The platform has many benefits which improve their client’s workflows. They include the following:

    • SAP Cloud Platform facilitates the seamless integration of existing solutions and hybrid system landscapes.

    • The solution assists companies to deliver tailored end-to-end interfaces for improved user experience through software development kits (SDKs).

    • It simplifies application interface management through the option of building apps in the Kubernetes environment.

    • SAP Cloud Platform simplifies the development of native business applications through the various development tools and capabilities it offers.

    • It provides companies with a wide range of pre-configured business services.

    • Companies are offered the possibility to streamline the integration of new apps with a lowered overall cost of ownership.

    • The product can reduce costs for organizations, as it does not require an up-front investment in software or hardware.

    • The solution can increase productivity for developers through its supported open programming standards.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Shylaraj AK, a senior architect at a construction company, describes SAP Cloud Platform as easy to maintain, great features, and helpful support, which attributes to his high rating for the product.

    Ehab-El H., chief executive officer at Asis, likes SAP Cloud Platform because it is easy to use with a fast deployment and straightforward setup.

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    Sample Customers
    Genzyme, TNT, Yahoo, Capgemini, Roche, D&B, Aegon, kpn, AZL, Sky, Arch, Penn State Univeristy, BancABC
    Siemens, Shell & Volkswagen, Still, EarlySense, Roche, National Football League, Heidelberg University Hospital, In Mind Computing, The Timken Company, OPAL, EnterpriseJungle, Groupe Danone, Accenture, T-Systems, Sailing Team Germany, Sloan Valve
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    Financial Services Firm30%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Government10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    REVIEWERS
    Manufacturing Company38%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Pharma/Biotech Company15%
    Retailer8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Energy/Utilities Company8%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise43%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise70%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Mendix is ranked 2nd in Mobile Development Platforms with 17 reviews while SAP Cloud Platform is ranked 6th in PaaS Clouds with 14 reviews. Mendix is rated 8.0, while SAP Cloud Platform is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Mendix writes "Low-code/no-code and has microflows, nanoflows, and data model access features". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Cloud Platform writes "Easy to maintain, great features, and helpful support". Mendix is most compared with Microsoft Power Apps, OutSystems, Appian, Oracle Application Express (APEX) and Salesforce Platform, whereas SAP Cloud Platform is most compared with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Salesforce Platform and Oracle Integration Cloud Service.

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