OutSystems Launches AI Assistant App Development Capability

Smart technology from low-code leader helps professional and citizen developers deliver applications faster

London, UK – 20th November, 2019 – OutSystems, provider of the number one platform for low-code development, today announced that it has embedded AI and machine learning in its software to make building applications even easier and faster for everyone. Designed for IT professionals and business people who develop applications, this AI copilot uses expertise learned from millions of anonymised code and application patterns to suggest the next best action in the development process.

Gartner has predicted that market demand for app development will grow at least five times faster than IT’s capacity to deliver it by the end of this year[1]. In addition, Gartner reports that organisations indicate that IT and business alignment is the top barrier to delivering the application experiences customers expect[2].

Since the announcement of its major AI initiative almost two years ago, OutSystems has been testing and refining methods to infuse AI into its platform to make it easier to bridge the IT and business gap, while further accelerating delivery. The release of the AI-assisted capability makes it possible for IT pros to be more productive while guiding citizen developers through the development process. At any step in the process of defining logic flows, inline suggestions are provided for the next best step.

“For OutSystems and the outsystems.ai R&D group, a future with no limits is one where intelligent tools augment the work of developers and business users. We are striving to make app delivery 100x faster so anyone can deliver robust, high-quality apps of all complexities,” said António Alegria, OutSystems head of artificial intelligence. “By leveraging state-of-the-art AI and machine learning research done in-house and in collaboration with top research institutions, we succeeded in creating an artificial expert that allows them to be more productive and effective. And, we’re just getting started. Look for more to come in 2020.”

OutSystems customers who participated in an early access program for the AI-assisted development capability acknowledge significant real-world productivity and skill-building gains.

“I just tried this for the first time, and what used to take five minutes of searching and a lot of mouse movement took about a second. The AI feature guessed exactly what I wanted to do! It is impressive,” said Vincent Koning, software engineer at Royal Boskalis Westminster. “It helps me prevent repetitive strain injury symptoms, and because I use the mouse less, I can continue working for longer periods of time.”

OutSystems partner, ITUp, has been part of the early access program. “There’s a lot of potential here because it saves time! Instead of having to go to multiple places to find what I need and drag-and-drop it to the flow, it’s just two clicks, which is really good,” said Rafaela Valadas, a trainee in the ITUp Turn Up program. “I think the assistant can make a real difference. People will do things faster.” Joana Brito, another trainee in the ITUp Turn Up program, said, “It helps me think and get to the right solution, which sometimes we might not remember.”

For more information about the new OutSystems AI capabilities, read this article with all the details or visit the artificial intelligence page.

[1] “Gartner Says Demand for Enterprise Mobile Apps Will Outstrip Available Development Capacity Five to One”, Gartner Newsroom, Press Release, June 16, 2015.
[2] “Gartner Says the Future of App Development Is Multiexperience”, Gartner Newsroom, Press Release, 4th April, 2019.

About OutSystems – Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire applications that easily integrate with existing systems.

Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.

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Cumulus Networks Unveils Its 4th-Generation of Open, Modern Network Software

Latest updates allow enterprises to run and operate modern networking environments and provide a faster way to validate root cause of network issues

London, November 18, 2019 — Cumulus Networks, the leaders in building open, modern, and scalable networks, today released Cumulus Linux 4.0 and NetQ 2.4 – the most stable, reliable, and feature-rich software stack yet. Included in the cutting-edge enhancements are support for the most diverse switch silicon, the industry’s best EVPN implementation for L2/L3 connectivity, increased visibility and troubleshooting with a cloud-based deployment model of NetQ, the most comprehensive end-to-end network automation, and a single fabric across data center and campus networking environments.

New Features and Benefits
As a result of nearly 10 years of focused development, Cumulus Linux 4.0 is the most reliable and performant version ever. With this fourth-generation release, Cumulus will continue to enable customers to meet modern network challenges with the best networking software designed to run and operate today’s data center and campus environments.

Cumulus Linux 4.0 includes:

  • Support for the widest range of hardware platforms: 134 platforms across 14 ASICs.
  • Newly added support for Mellanox’s Spectrum-2 chipset for faster performance, Broadcom’s Qumran chipset for deep buffering at the top of rack, Facebook’s Minipack– an open, modular chassis with a single 12.8TB chip, and additional campus networking platforms with Dell.
  • Migration to the latest, and most advanced, Linux kernel for greater route scale, the latest security updates, and thousands of contributions from the broader Linux community.
  • Support for SwitchDev, an open source in-kernel abstraction model, providing a standardized way to program switch ASICs and speed development time.
  • Enhancements to our EVPN implementation (EVPN-PIM and EVPN multi-homing) for Layer 2/Layer3 connectivity, making it the simplest, most scalable, and easiest to configure EVPN solution.
  • Comprehensive end-to-end automation for CI/CD workflows including simulation, validation, troubleshooting and NetDevOps practices such as Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC).
  • The ability to build a single fabric across data center and campus environments enabling a common operational model.

Cumulus NetQ 2.4 provides a faster way to validate the root cause of network issues across data center and campus fabrics, utilizing real-time telemetry data. Updates include:

  • Additional deployment models, including an as-a-service cloud-delivery option.
  • Integration with Mellanox’s What Just Happened (WJH) feature for deeper visibility at the packet layer.
  • Increased validation capabilities, including closed loop verification of automated configurations.

“With nearly 10 years of development, we remain singularly focused on making networking open and standardized. Cumulus Linux 4.0 is the most reliable, robust, and performant open network operating system for over 2,000 companies like JPMC, PayPal and Qualcomm,” said Josh Leslie, CEO of Cumulus Networks. “We’ve extended our open source leadership in networking and made cutting-edge enhancements that span the latest in L2/L3 connectivity, NetDevOps, visibility, troubleshooting, and support for the widest range of hardware platforms.”

“We’ve worked closely with Cumulus Networks over the years to expand our integration and help customers tackle modern networking challenges, so Spectrum-2 and WJH with the new Cumulus Linux and NetQ releases is a natural extension of our partnership,” said Amit Katz, VP of Ethernet Switches at Mellanox. “As our joint customers take advantage of artificial intelligence, edge computing, and the IoT and other emerging technologies, we’ll continue to provide them with the most efficient tools to run and operate modern data center networks.”

“Nearly five years ago, we introduced the concept of open networking by working with Cumulus to be the first mainstream switch vendor that allowed third-party operating systems,” said Drew Schulke, vice president, Dell EMC Networking. “The new Cumulus enhancements boost the ecosystem that helps customers build the open, modern and scalable networks they need.”

Cumulus 4.0 and NetQ 2.4 are available today.

For more information, please view the resources below:
4th-Generation Cumulus Networks Announcement Blog
4th-Generation Executive Video with Partho Mishra, President and CPO

To join our live webinar with Amit Katz, Mellanox Technologies and Pete Lumbis, Cumulus Networks entitled, “Network Wide Streaming Telemetry“ on Wednesday, November 20th at 9 am Pacific, please register here: https://utm.io/unGg

About Cumulus Networks
Cumulus Networks provides networking software to design, run, and operate modern networking environments that are simple, open, agile, resilient, and scalable. Cumulus Linux is the only open networking software that allows you to affordably build and efficiently operate your network like the world’s largest data center and campus operators, unlocking vertical network stacks. Combined with Cumulus NetQ, a highly scalable, network operations tool set, organizations can accelerate the deployment of open networks and reduce the mean-time to resolution. Cumulus Networks has more than 2,000 customers globally and has received venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Battery Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Telstra Ventures, Peter Wagner, four of the original VMware founders, among others. For more information, please visit www.cumulusnetworks.com.

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OutSystems Recognised by Gartner for Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms

OutSystems among the five highest-scoring vendors for every use case identified by Gartner

LONDON – 15th November, 2019 – OutSystems, provider of the number one low-code application development platform, today announced that Gartner, Inc., the world’s leading information technology and advisory company, has recognised OutSystems in its 2019 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms* report. OutSystems is among the five highest scores for every use case identified by Gartner.

The report examined the capabilities of 19 vendors to meet the needs of organisations in four distinct use cases: citizen development, business unit IT applications, enterprise IT composite applications, and SaaS and ISV Mobile & Web Applications. OutSystems received the highest overall score for SaaS and independent software vendor (ISV) mobile and web applications, the second-highest score for enterprise IT composite applications, and scored within the highest five scores for both citizen development and business unit IT applications.

“We believe this recognition, combined with our placement in the Leaders quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, validates our comprehensive approach to low-code development,” said Paulo Rosado, OutSystems Co-Founder and CEO. “But we feel that nothing reflects the value of our platform better than the success our customers are experiencing. They frequently share how OutSystems has helped them modernise aging systems, use cloud applications to become more agile and respond to change, turn small departmental apps into core applications for the enterprise, and deliver omnichannel digital experiences that their customers love. We think these scores from Gartner reflect the innovation our customers are driving in their businesses.”

OutSystems was evaluated across the following nine critical capabilities: no-code development; end-user experience; UX data, logic, and process; back-end data, logic and process; integration capabilities; enterprise IT SDLC support; advanced architecture support; cloud functionality; and enterprise worthiness.

Our low-code platform has helped OutSystems customers achieve unparalleled results like:

  • FWD Insurance launched a new customer-facing app called Tapp in 90 days that has catapulted them from 33rd to 8th largest insurance provider in the Philippines in just four years and features integrated live chat, payment reminders, and fingerprint authentication.
  • EDP built a brand-new core payment collection system from scratch that serves 200 collection agents and has processed 55 million transactions and 6 billion euros.
  • Albert Heijn, part of the international food retail group Ahold Delhaize, consolidated nine core applications into one app that is used in more than 1000 stores by more than 100,000 users and cuts task time by 50 percent.

The OutSystems low-code application development platform gives organisations the freedom to think big and innovate with no limits. It addresses critical issues like the skyrocketing demand for new enterprise applications, aging legacy systems that need to be modernised or replaced, citizen development, field services, and omnichannel digital CX. The platform offers capabilities for enterprise-grade development and full lifecycle management, integration, UI/UX, business logic, data models, web services, and APIs. OutSystems offers access to capabilities such as an advanced web and mobile user experience, B2C solutions, and even batch processing.

According to Gartner, “Low-code application platforms (LCAPs) continue to grow in capability and maturity, addressing more enterprise use cases and providing rapid application delivery with fewer skills to the advantage of businesses everywhere. They are also replacing traditional Java and .NET developments where the requirements do not justify the costs and skills of cloud-native application platforms.”

The Gartner Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms report is intended to help organisations who are evaluating low-code application platforms to create their shortlist. It explains and scores the core features and use cases for low-code application platforms. Read a complimentary copy of the Gartner October 2019 Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms.

*Gartner, Critical Capabilities for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms, Paul Vincent, Yefim Natis, et al., 17 October 2019.

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OutSystems Launches First-of-Its-Kind Low-Code School to Train New Professional Low-Code Developers

LONDON – 13th November 2019OutSystems, provider of the number one low-code application development platform, today announced that it has opened the first-ever Low-Code School in the UK, increasing career opportunities for those not currently versed in low-code application development.

Following the success of the OutSystems Low-Code School in Portugal, the free-of-charge course is open to any developer with at least three years of professional experience in web or mobile coding languages. The first series of extra-curricular sessions will be held at the OutSystems London office on weekdays between 25th November and 9th December 2019 in the evenings and will be delivered by a certified OutSystems trainer.

The Low-Code School has been devised to plug the UK coding skills gap. Demand for OutSystems professionals continues to grow exponentially, with an estimated 600 job opportunities for professionals versed in low-code application development available across the country.

OutSystems customers such as the UK’s largest property marketing group FocalAgentCapita Consulting and Thomas Miller have already endorsed the Low-Code School, identifying it as an ideal way to hire new low-code professionals. The Low-Code School will enable OutSystems to successfully train more than 100 professionals before the end of 2019.

“Being an OutSystems customer has opened up opportunities for Focal to develop applications in a modern and visual manner. The platform challenges traditional mindsets related to software development, preparing Focal for the future of application development,” said Rolf Groenewold, Co-Founder and Managing Director of FocalAgent. “As with any business, the greatest challenge is always talent and the OutSystems initiative to stimulate job creation in the low-code market will help Focal attract a new wave of low-code professionals and continue to innovate and remain the market leader in our segment.”

“We have substantial plans to build the best-in-class OutSystems consulting ecosystem,” said Patrick Gormley, Consulting Services Lead at Capita Consulting. “This process will be streamlined by the OutSystems Low-Code School, which applies a refreshing and effective approach to ensure the best low-code talent doesn’t go unnoticed.”

The course consists of two weeks of OutSystems technology training, with free access to an online Associate Developer Exam upon completion of the course. Completing the exam will increase the marketability of the individual as qualified in low-code and will open the opportunity to meet potential employers within the OutSystems community who are hiring new developers.

“The number of low-code developers in the UK is far outstripped by the requirements of OutSystems customers, who are looking to hire fresh talent to keep up with burgeoning demand,” explains Garry Larner, Regional Director Financial Services and Insurance at OutSystems. “These unprecedented market conditions have led to the creation of the Low-Code School, which is a game-changer in terms of reskilling existing programmers in the way of low-code and the OutSystems platform, opening up new opportunities for those who want to take a different career direction.”

The Low-Code School is part of OutSystems wider corporate strategy to vastly increase the number of professionals skilled in the low-code language. It complements OutSystems global portfolio of online and classroom-based low-code bootcamps, which teach budding developers everything from the low-code basics and how to navigate the OutSystems ecosystem, to advanced application development.

“This Low-Code School has positioned OutSystems as the undisputed leader in educating existing IT professionals in the way of low-code. The demands of our customers and the significant growth of the technology has enabled us to create a new pool of talent and do all we can for those looking to move into application development and design,” adds Larner.

For further information on OutSystems Low-Code School, please contact reskill@outsystems.com. To apply for the free courses, sign-up before 17th November, here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/low-code-school-london-part-time-after-work-registration-80246285801.

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About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster.

OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire applications that easily integrate with existing systems.

Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.

TravelPerk named the world’s fastest growing SaaS company in 2019 SaaS 1000

Next-gen business travel management platform continues hypergrowth

Barcelona, 12th November 2019: Business travel management platform, TravelPerk, today announced that it has been recognised as the world’s fastest growing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) company, according to the 2019 edition of SaaS Mag’s acclaimed ranking, the SaaS 1000.

The SaaS 1000 is an annual ranking of the world’s top growing SaaS companies. Using a proprietary algorithm, industry publication SaaS Mag ranks the fastest-growing SaaS companies based on hiring trends, growth indicators and the number of employees. According to this algorithm, TravelPerk has achieved 122% growth, making the company the world’s fastest growing SaaS provider over the last 12 months. TravelPerk was ranked 5th in 2018’s SaaS 1000 and is one of only two European companies in the top ten in 2019.

The recognition from SaaS Mag follows a landmark year for TravelPerk. Key milestones for the business in 2019 included:

  • Funding – In July, TravelPerk closed a $104m Series C funding round, bringing the total investment in the company to $134m.
  • Innovation – 2019 also saw the release of FlexiPerk, a ground-breaking new product that gives business travelers unprecedented flexibility to cancel and get a refund on any booking-hotel, trains, car hire, and flights-at any time, for any reason.
  • Inventory – This year TravelPerk has continued to invest in its inventory with an Integration with Trainline, Europe’s largest rail and coach booking platform, and a partnership with Lufthansa Group Airlines to offer direct booking for customers through new distribution capability (NDC) technology.
  • International expansion – TravelPerk has also begun an aggressive international expansion strategy, with offices opened in London and Berlin and more to be announced.

Avi Meir, CEO and co-founder of TravelPerk, said:
“We created TravelPerk in 2015 because we knew that business travelers needed a dramatically better experience. The industry had been dominated by outdated tech and outdated thinking and we believed there was a big opportunity for a startup that could use technology to give travelers a seamless experience while providing businesses with more control and visibility. The rapid growth we have experienced since then shows that we were right – but we’re not done yet. We have ambitious growth plans for 2020 and we’re working on some really exciting innovations that we believe can take business travel into a new era, and drive the next stage of our company growth.”

See the full SaaS 1000 list here https://www.saasmag.com/saas-1000-2019/.

About TravelPerk
TravelPerk is the next-generation business travel platform pioneering the future of business travel. TravelPerk’s all-in-one platform gives travelers the freedom they want whilst providing companies with the control they need. The result is saved time, money, and hassle for everyone.

TravelPerk has the world’s largest travel inventory alongside powerful management features, 24/7 customer support, state-of-the-art technology and consumer-grade design, all of which is enabling companies worldwide to get the most out of their travel.

Backed by world-class investors like Kinnevik, Target Global, Felix Capital, Spark Capital, Sunstone, LocalGlobe, Amplo, 14W-investors in some of the most disruptive companies in tech including Zalando, Slack, Trello, Twitter, Farfetch and Delivery Hero – TravelPerk is reinventing business travel with an end-to-end solution that works. For more information, visit https://www.travelperk.com/.

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Phil Corfan / Cameron Morrissey
Sepia Communications
TravelPerk@sepiacommunications.com
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Testim Is First to Expand AI-based Testing to Developers; Previews New Development Kit

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 13, 2019  — Testim, the pioneer of codeless AI-based software testing in 2014, disrupts the industry once more with the announcement of the Testim Development Kit, a new way for developers to quickly create resilient tests directly in code. For the first time, developers can enjoy the benefits of AI-based testing while leveraging their preferred Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

Microsoft, Autodesk, Swisscom, LogMeIn, and others run millions of tests using Testim every month. Now, the Development Kit builds on Testim’s proven AI-based testing capabilities, providing super-fast authoring of trusted, non-flaky tests. Testim’s AI inspects the elements of the application and continuously learns from and improves the robustness of tests.

Testim’s open approach to testing lets developers and QA engineers write tests their way, in their tools and processes, so they can collaborate freely. Unlike other codeless test automation tools, developers can download their tests as code, eliminating vendor lock-in.

“The Dev Kit is a key element of our commitment to deliver a compromise-free solution for developers,” said Oren Rubin, founder and CEO of Testim. “The Dev Kit builds on our commitment to make testing more collaborative and open as possible so that teams can deliver quality software faster. Customer feedback has already been exceptional and we’re eager to deliver this Dev Kit to market.”

Why the Testim Development Kit is so Important

Modern development teams are beginning to orient workflows around the concept of ‘everything-as-code,’ or the alignment of every part of the software development lifecycle (SDLC) around code or code-like systems. Built with the SDLC in mind, the Testim Development Kit ensures that existing Testim capabilities, like recorded UI interactions, PDF or email validations, as well as new features will be available as API commands. This makes it possible for developers to create and edit robust coded tests and manage them in their version control system next to their application code.

“One of the things that we love about Testim is that they continue to deliver new innovations to help improve our testing experience,” said Ran Mizrachi, senior software engineering lead at Microsoft. “The Dev Kit will give our team the speed and stability of AI-based codeless tests with the flexibility of code.”

Part of the movement toward ‘everything-as-code’ is the emergence of ‘shift-left testing,’ where increasingly, testing is done much earlier in the development lifecycle. For tech teams that are shifting left, the Testim Development Kit gives QA automation engineers an opportunity to better align tests and QA processes with development workflows.

“The addition of the Development Kit makes Testim the only company to provide developers and QA automation engineers with the complete freedom to work the way they want—in code, in the UI, or some combination of the two,” said Shawn Jaques, director of Product Marketing. “The flexibility this new feature provides has the potential to transform the way development teams test applications, allowing more people to be involved in testing, whether recording codeless tests or writing tests as code in the tools they already know and love.”

Sign-up for the Development Kit Beta program here: https://go.testim.io/testims-new-beta-testim-tdk-testim-development-kit-testautomation.

About Testim
Founded in late 2014, Testim helps companies accelerate time-to-market, improve software quality and integrates into agile processes. With offices in San Francisco and Tel Aviv, the company is a pioneer in using AI for the authoring, execution, and maintenance of automated tests. Included in the 2019 SD Times 100: ‘Best in Show’ in Software Development for Testing, the Testim platform learns and adapts automated tests to code changes, minimizing maintenance time and makes authoring incredibly fast. Microsoft, Autodesk, Swisscom, LogMeIn, and others run millions of tests using Testim every month.

Contact:

Claudine Caruso
Testim.io
claudine@lightspeedpr.com
https://www.testim.io/

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