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"Efficient software delivery and a solution that works quickly.""Oracle APEX allows our company to complete webpage projects easily in a fast turnaround time.""Quick development and the connection with the database are the most valuable and useful features. It is also very stable, scalable, and easy to set up. Its support is also good.""With only a browser, it is very easy to develop in a web environment.""I like how we can actively develop and customize APEX because it's on the same database.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use.""You don't have to know a lot of PL because it's built on PL/SQL. You don't need developers. You only need to design a good application that resolves a problem, or many problems, for companies and you're ready to go.""This is a good application for quickly creating public applications."

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"The flow editor is the most valuable feature. It is simple and intuitive, and it can guide you step-by-step.""We have no complaints surrounding both the scalability and stability of this solution.""There is literally a ton of stuff it can do. It's very flexible.""One thing I like about OutSystems is that there's no lock-in. You can keep running your applications because it's on .NET and hosted centrally. That's one of the advantages I see there in terms of not having an IT strategy that has a dependency on a particular platform.""I like the mobile features the most, and there are also various features around the portal we created that I enjoy.""It is a stable solution, and the initial setup is straightforward."

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"There is not a lot of Wiki help or in Google, but there is some.""Some of the application interfaces of Oracle Application Express are not very attractive and could be improved.""Maybe there are other technologies that offer what APEX cannot.""Better connection and integration with non-Oracle databases is needed.""It should have the functionality to develop mobile applications. It would also be good if they can improve development in videos and other formats.""Visual Builder and APEX should meld in one product.""Connecting with Oracle and the relation with Oracle at the database as a procedure needs improvement.""Fixing bugs is difficult because of how the HTML code is generated. It is not always broadly compatible with browsers."

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"One of the biggest areas for improvement is that every time an existing data element is modified, it creates a new data element. It doesn't really modify that particular data element. So, a user has to follow an extra step of removing the existing data element and bringing in the new and modified data element that is being added, which sort of goes into negative productivity.""The technical features are good, but the actual commercialization is out of reach.""The solution is costly.""There are not enough resources on the market.""The integration points need to be increased. People have also started to adopt this solution for their regular needs. That means it's not only the big enterprises that are adopting this solution. There are also small and medium enterprises that are adopting it. I've read that where you have large deployments, OutSystems starts to crumble a bit. That is the idea that no customer would know at the beginning and would also not like to hit the wall there. When it is on the client, there are a lot of applications already on low-code, and then suddenly you realize that you want to do some big applications, and you face hurdles. This is the general feedback for all such platforms.""Since we first started using OutSystems, they switched their language support from Java and .NET to .NET only, which was a bit of a surprise. Their language support could be better in this sense, although on our resource side it is now a bit more flexible."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "When buying the data license, APEX is included."
  • "We have a full Oracle E-Business Suite license, and we use that license to develop applications. There's no license required for developing Oracle applications."
  • "There is a trial version available that can be used free of charge."
  • "Pricing is expensive, overall on an enterprise system but we consider that it gives corresponding value in the product."
  • "It's a free solution with no additional costs."
  • "We have an Oracle basic product license, and then we can use Oracle APEX for free. We have many licenses for Oracle for approximately 20 processors."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "I do not think this would be an ideal option for a small sized company or a startup when considering the salary requirements for Oracle DBA'a and developers."
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  • "OutSystems is a good solution, but it's not cheap."
  • "I think the pricing for OutSystems is comparable with similar solutions. I would place it somewhere in the middle. We pay for the bundle and don't pay anything extra in terms of licensing and other fees."
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    It has a well-designed architecture and is a simple 3rd party application.
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    Pricing is expensive overall on an enterprise system, but we consider that it gives corresponding value to the product. It becomes more expensive when more products are added to the main product. The… more »
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    It has been reported that the technology is tough to learn, and the service is expensive. The online supporting documentation could be better and offered in other languages, as Malaysian does not seem… more »
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    There is literally a ton of stuff it can do. It's very flexible.
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    The cost of the product is very high and would price out smaller organizations. My client pays for the solution. Therefore, I have no visibility of the cost. I can't speak to the licensing or the… more »
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    The solution is costly. The solution is still very new to me, and it's therefore hard for me to discuss missing features. I'm still learning and discovering.
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    Oracle APEX
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    Overview

    Application Express enables users to design, develop and deploy beautiful, responsive, database-driven applications using only web browser. The Oracle Application Express engine runs directly in the Oracle Database and exploits the database's extraordinarily scalable and efficient architecture. Its framework provides numerous security features out-of-the-box and helps authenticate users using LDAP, Oracle Single-signon, Oracle Database credentials, or HTTP Header variable.

    OutSystems is the number one platform for low-code rapid application development. Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems as only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire application portfolios that easily integrate with existing systems.
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    Hepart AG, pharmasol, SATLOG, Collège Bois-de-Boulogne
    Randstad, Warner Brothers, HP, Intel, ING, Banco Popular, Thrivent Financial, Bacardi, Kent State University, Bacardi, FICO, ING, Vodafone, AbbVie, Estafeta, Siemens, Vopak
    Top Industries
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    Government18%
    Financial Services Firm18%
    Healthcare Company18%
    Aerospace/Defense Firm9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company4%
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    Manufacturing Company14%
    Logistics Company14%
    Hospitality Company14%
    Computer Software Company14%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
    Financial Services Firm5%
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    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise33%
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    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise69%
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    Large Enterprise70%
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    Oracle Application Express (APEX) is ranked 7th in Rapid Application Development Software with 16 reviews while OutSystems is ranked 11th in Rapid Application Development Software with 6 reviews. Oracle Application Express (APEX) is rated 8.2, while OutSystems is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Oracle Application Express (APEX) writes "Rapidly develop public-access applications that stay stable under load". On the other hand, the top reviewer of OutSystems writes "You can keep running your applications because it's on .NET and hosted centrally". Oracle Application Express (APEX) is most compared with Microsoft PowerApps, Oracle Visual Builder Cloud Service, Salesforce Platform, Microsoft Azure App Service and Mendix, whereas OutSystems is most compared with Microsoft PowerApps, Mendix, ServiceNow, Pega BPM and Salesforce Platform. See our Oracle Application Express (APEX) vs. OutSystems report.

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