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Mendix Embraces DevOps for Next Era of Low-Code App Development

Mendix, a subsidiary of Siemens, today updated its namesake low-code application development platform to add support for DevOps workflows and make it simpler for developers to compose applications and embed artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.

Sheryl Koenigsberg, vice president of product marketing for Mendix, said Mendix 10 makes it possible to use Git repositories for version control along with Mendix Pipelines, currently in beta. Mendix Pipelines is a continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) environment that will be embedded in the low-code platform. In addition, Mendix is adding support for Webhooks that can be used to integrate Mendix with existing CI/CD platforms.

Mendix has also added a Solutions Kit, now generally available, to make it possible to customize applications in a way that ensures those changes will be preserved as application environments are upgraded.

There is also now a Portfolio Manager tool to track projects and a connector for integration with the Jira project management software from Atlassian.

Later this year, Mendix will also make generally available Adaptation Insights to provide insights into application extensions.

In the future, developers will be able to leverage an extensibility framework to tailor the Mendix Studio Pro integrated development environment (IDE) by adding their own plugins, wizards, editors and third-party integrations. Later this year, Mendix 10 will also add, in beta, a version of its Studio Pro IDE for MacOS.

The Mendix approach to composability is also being extended to incorporate AI. The company is adding Mendix Assist, a bot that generates validation logic for data entry. This module is the second AI capability that Mendix has developed after previously previewing Mendix Chat, a tool based on a large language model created using Mendix data that will be integrated into the Mendix integrated development environment (IDE) later this year. Mendix Assist will be incorporated into Mendix Chat.

Mendix is also developing additional LLMs for creating applications and will as part of its commitment to composability plans to make it possible to integrate third-party AI services and LLMs into the Mendix Runtime to create “smart apps.” AI models will be converted to the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format, an open standard for machine learning models, to provide that capability.

In addition, Mendix is adding support for event-driven architectures via Business Events and an Event Broker, to build more complex applications.

Other capabilities being added to Mendix 10 include updated REST and database connectors, support for visual data filters, rich properties and design controls, a Start from Spreadsheet tool, end user survey tools, a PDF document generator and a revamped set of governance and risk assessment tools.

Finally, Mendix is adding a Terraform module to make it simpler to deploy its low-code platform on the Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) in addition to providing a reference implementation for building private clouds to develop applications using the Mendix Cloud service.

As AI-infused low-code applications are developed faster, it’s not clear to what degree organizations are prepared to embrace the inevitable disruption that will ensue. However, the one thing that is clear is that the DevOps workflows used to deploy these applications at scale will soon be put to the ultimate test.

Mike Vizard

Mike Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist with over 25 years of experience. He also contributed to IT Business Edge, Channel Insider, Baseline and a variety of other IT titles. Previously, Vizard was the editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise as well as Editor-in-Chief for CRN and InfoWorld.

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