TO Mendix World 2021, a virtual assembly of low-coders, Mendix, a company and an industry leader from Siemens in developing low-code business applications, reveal their “robust” platform enhancements that “will accelerate the delivery of high value-added solutions to the industry. digital economy, ”according to an update shared with CI.
The enhanced capabilities of the Mendix low-code platform “allow all manufacturers to orchestrate the next wave of intelligent solutions for the enterprise by introducing” business events “, substantial new investments in artificial intelligence for companies. manufacturers and end users, and the next generation of intelligent services and workflows, ”the announcement noted.
“The makers of Mendix are under constant pressure to go faster. Even after adopting low-code to accelerate development, teams face heightened expectations for software delivery, ”according to Johan den haan, technical director.
Johan added that the direction they are taking with the platform is “to shift manufacturers from always writing software from scratch to more easily find and connect to the data and components they need to put together. solutions”.
Data Hub 2.0 Adds Corporate Events as First Class Citizens
One of the highlights of den Haan’s Mendix World announcements was “a significant set of improvements to Data Hub, first showcased at last year’s event as” low code for the integration, ”the update revealed while adding that the new functionality“ greatly expands the platform’s ability to discover, create and modify data from any system or application.
The announcement also mentioned that improved data cataloging “makes it easier to connect, filter and use massive amounts of data from different platforms, data lakes and data warehouses across the enterprise landscape. “.
As stated in the press release:
“Another key capability announced by Den Haan was the introduction of business events. As searchable entities in its catalog, business events will be elevated into plug-and-play native elements that can be used in Studio Pro in any application model. Adding business events makes it easier for Mendix developers to deliver applications, especially for use cases where end-user satisfaction is paramount, such as onboarding new customers, processing payments and the creation of support tickets.
“Business is event-driven by nature, with thousands of discrete and crucial events taking place on a daily basis,” Johan said.
Johan added that a comprehensive view of business events across the enterprise, as well as the ability to manage and trigger event-driven applications, is an important part of automating business processes in a ‘real’ way. smart.
Mendix also unveiled a new connector framework for Data Hub that will provide a linkage mechanism to standard and custom data sources across the enterprise.
The key connectors “highlighted by den Haan included data sources common to all industries, such as Dropbox, Slack, Microsoft Sharepoint and Dynamics, Twilio and Salesforce,” the announcement noted while adding that “the specific connectivity to the sector for the data sources SAP and Siemens Teamcenter was announced. “
AI for development and AI for applications
As stated in the announcement:
“Showcasing the pioneering ability of the Mendix low-code platform to expand rapid application development, Day 2 of Mendix World featured two key AI-related announcements. First, den Haan introduced the third bot in the Mendix Assist suite: Page Bot. “
The Page Bot guides software engineers in creating user interfaces and user experiences, “based on models learned from hundreds of millions of data points anonymized by Mendix developers.” The update also mentioned that this latest addition to Mendix Assist will be available in Studio and Studio Pro, “making real-time design and style recommendations to develop compelling, consumer-grade UI experiences guided by best practices “.
Page Bot joins “an improved and faster version of Mendix Assist Logic Bot which provides next-step logical assistance for developers who write microflows, and Performance Bot which ensures that applications follow architectural patterns that optimize performance” , note the update.
As stated in the announcement:
“For organizations looking to incorporate custom machine learning models into their applications developed by Mendix, den Haan also announced the Mendix Machine Learning (ML) kit. This is a key capability when business processes and end-user satisfaction rely on specialized machine learning models, such as those that run on a proprietary dataset or define a custom parameter. .
With the ML Kit, Mendix will apply low-code abstraction and automation to the rather complex integration of AI models. Avoiding the complexities typical of REST APIs and services, the ML Kit “supports drag and drop of machine learning models, with machine translation and execution.”
Johan added that assembling relevant and purpose-built applications “becomes easier for developers, and the applications themselves deliver more value to end users.”
Smart AppServices leads a new wave of smart capabilities
As stated in the update:
“Mendix’s commitment to innovation focused on intelligent automation extends beyond the simple capabilities of the platform. As part of its significant investments in the ecosystem, Mendix also announced a new suite of Smart AppServices that give developers a head start in assembling complex applications.
These services provide a solid foundation for digitizing business workflows, with capabilities “focused on document data capture (eg, invoice and receipt processing), cognitive services (eg, detection language and feelings) and messaging (for example, email and Microsoft Teams). “
AppServices are flexible and accessible features that can be used “to extend existing applications, enhance solutions acquired through Mendix Marketplace, or as services deployed with just a thin application layer,” explains the announcement.
To strengthen an organization’s ability to deliver intelligent automation, Mendix also announced new workflow models “for business processes designed for use with Mendix Workflow Editor as part of any Mendix application.”
As mentioned in the update:
“With workflows for common business activities in HR, finance and marketing, these models are designed to empower business users to become more involved in the development of software that enables them to do their jobs in this business-driven environment. digital. “
“Powerful enhancements to the Mendix low-code platform accelerate and simplify the process of building intelligent solutions for organizations, while easing the transition to what analysts describe as the ‘composable enterprise’. Simply put, manufacturers are empowered to accelerate the development of their solutions by building on a foundation of best practices available and ready to be used in their applications.