Low-code platform provider Mendix has its cloud bases covered after introducing new private and dedicated cloud offerings this week.
Mendix for Private Cloud and Mendix Dedicated Cloud join the Mendix Public Cloud service and expand the company’s offerings across public, private and hybrid cloud deployment options.
These tools will help enterprises use low-code development in any cloud environment of their choice, as well as on premises, said Jon Scolamiero, manager of architecture and governance at Mendix.
Mendix is bucking the trend where low-code pure-plays offer their solutions as PaaS deployments, responding to enterprises’ adoption of Kubernetes-based hybrid cloud strategies.
“Increasingly, leading public cloud providers are offering their own versions of low-code and automation technologies to complement their Kubernetes offerings — for instance, Microsoft with Power Automate and Google’s acquisition of AppSheet in January, which poses a competitive threat to Mendix,” said Charlotte Dunlap, an analyst at GlobalData in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Mendix for Private Cloud runs on Kubernetes in any privately configured location or data center. Its target is any enterprise with specialized security, compliance or data integration needs.
Meanwhile, the company said the Mendix Dedicated Cloud is aimed at enterprises that have more than 100 Mendix applications as well as customers operating in highly regulated environments. This cloud is built, managed and configured by Mendix exclusively for the customer. Mendix Public Cloud runs managed and hosted by Mendix or hosted on AWS, SAP or IBM public clouds.
Multi-cloud in demand
Some 86% of respondents to a recent Forrester Research survey said they may deploy workloads on hybrid cloud or multi-cloud environments. One-third of that group said they will use private cloud as part of their development strategy. In addition, 23% of respondents planned to deploy on-premises workloads together with public cloud deployment.
Charlotte DunlapAnalyst, GlobalData
Forrester’s survey focused on the general IT landscape and not specifically low-code vendors such as Mendix. But Mendix’s cloud options could appeal to existing customers such as Kermit, a firm based in Hunt Valley, Md., that offers a spend management platform for hospitals to track the amount spent on implantable medical devices. The analytics-based platform helps medical institutions track physician preference items, which account for about 60% of a hospital’s spending for supplies.
Kermit developed its cloud-based platform with Mendix. In fact, the CEO and two of his co-founders found Mendix so approachable that they downloaded a Mendix modeler and were able to construct a running application, said Richard Palarea, CEO and co-founder of Kermit.
“I am very comfortable with the paradigm of having control over the code and wanting to actually hard-code everything, versus having an environment where you can stitch together a business process and go into the app store and grab widgets that you need to bring your idea about,” he said. “That, to me, just has always seemed like a better way of doing things.”
The Kermit analytics platform, which was built by one core developer in nine months, enables hospitals to track and manage contracts, billings, and vendor compliance.
The company has primarily offered its platform to hospitals in Maryland, where Kermit manages 40% of the total spending on medical implants, Palarea said. Kermit began taking its platform nationwide at the end of last year.
“Healthcare analytics are a huge game right now,” Palarea said. “Every CIO in hospitals these days is looking at these kinds of tools to manage the business better because lower reimbursements from both Medicare primarily and also third-party insurers mean the payment that they get for their surgeries are going down.”
While it is too early for Kermit to consider using these new editions of the Mendix platform, company officials said that once use of the Kermit offering goes nationwide, they might take another look.
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