PaaS Firm OutSystems Launches Agile Platform Version 7
Atlanta-based OutSystems, an application development specialist, has launched the seventh edition of Agile Platform, which the company claims will help customers to enhance control over application development, improve application lifecycle management and bridge the gap between the development and operations functions in an organization.
New features in OutSystems Agile Platform 7 include:
Simplified DevOps. Agile Platform 7 introduces LifeTime, a new component for application lifecycle management that provides increased control over application development without sacrificing operational simplicity. With LifeTime “devops” teams will be able to simplify the effort and associated risk with staging an application from development to production, and have an automated deployment process across all environments, from development to production, simplifying the devops process and boosting overall IT efficiency.
Simplified SaaS. Agile Platform 7’s support for multi-tenant applications has been enhanced to make it simpler for developers to build multi-tenant applications requiring full data isolation. These new features allow devops teams to focus on delivering a high value single tenant application, while letting the Agile Platform handle all necessary multi-tenancy needs.
Simplified Java Development. Agile Platform 7 has advanced capabilities for quickly developing rich interfaces for web and mobile applications to the Java world. From now on all the new features of the Agile Platform will be supported on both the Java and .Net stacks simultaneously.
Extensibility API’s. Version 7 features a new set of extensibility API’s enhancing the Agile Platform’s ability to integrate the tools and processes that customers currently use in their IT. For example, OutSystems claims users are now able to choose an external database connection at runtime, in which they have different databases with the same schema but for different companies, countries, and departments.
SQL Server Integrated Authentication. Customers running Microsoft Windows typically use Active Directory to permit access to the databases, giving IT a single place for managing users and security settings. Agile Platform 7 now supports, using Integrated Authentication, to connect to the SQL Server Database, thus increasing a customer’s ability to use Microsoft tools and best practices.
This February the U.S. Department of Defense hired OutSystems to help decrease its data center footprint and to migrate to the cloud. Under the deal, the Architecture Services Division of the Software Engineering Center, part of the U.S. Army’s Communications-Electronics Command (CECOM) would get a license for OutSystems Agile Platform for rapid application development, to be hosted in the Army’s private cloud. The goal is to migrate the Army’s costly legacy software to cheaper, easier-to-maintain cloud infrastructure.
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