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OutSystems Brings Benefits of Low-Code Dev to U.K.’s Biggest Manufacturers

On the heels of being named one of the most valuable tech companies in Europe by Silicon Republic, low-code development platform OutSystems has announced that it is partnering with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC). The two companies will work together to bring the benefits of low-code app development to some of the largest manufacturers in the U.K.

Pointing to “pent up demand” among manufacturers looking to leverage new technologies and channels, OutSystems VP for the U.K. and Ireland Nick Pike blamed “slow processes and legacy systems” for holding the sector back.

“As a result, development teams are seeking ways to innovate faster, and drive digital transformation projects forward quickly, without being encumbered by traditional environments and ways of working,” Pike explained.

Working with OutSystems, he said, would enable these developers to build enterprise-grade solutions for the web, mobile, and Internet of Things (IoT), as well as for manufacturing execution systems (MES) and even to accelerate legacy modernization.

“Bringing OutSystems’ low-code platform to organizations within the MTC provides this sector with a great opportunity to develop applications in a faster and more cost-effective way,” Pike said.

Founded in 2010, the Manufacturing Technology Centre is an independent research and technology organization (RTO) with more than 700 employees. The innovation hub provides integrated manufacturing system solutions to enterprises throughout the industry, ranging from automotive and aerospace firms to electronics and defense.

As part of the Centre, OutSystems will be able to commission its own fully-funded projects. The company will also innovate as part of the MTC’s Core Research Program, an annual collaborative research effort worth more than £2m+. Membership in the MTC will also position OutSystems to pursue major R&D opportunities in the U.K. manufacturing sector and beyond.

“It’s fantastic to have OutSystems join the MTC,” the organization’s Chief Digital Engineer Craig Stevens said. “As a global leader in low-code rapid application development, its knowledge and experience will only benefit out wider partner network. We look forward to further strengthening this relationship in the future.”

OutSystems demonstrated its low-code development platform at our developers conference, FinDEVr New York, in 2017. At the event, Nuno Silveira and Joao Miranda of European retail bank BPI showed how they leveraged OutSystems’ technology to complete a digital transformation that included overhauls of the bank’s mobile, internet, and contact center solutions.

Earlier this year, OutSystems was recognized by TrustRadius for its achievements as a low-code development platform, the third year in a row the company has been so honored. OutSystems was featured by Gartner Peer Insights late last year, earning Customers’ Choice recognition in both Mobile Application Development and Enterprise High-Productivity Application Platform as a Service categories.