I've received a lot of questions about my thoughts on the recent acquisition. I've spoken to a number of individuals at Mendix to get their thoughts, read CEO Derek Roos and CTO Johan den Haan blog posts, and discussed internally with some of my colleagues at EPI-USE and other Mendix MVP's. My perspective seems to be a bit different than the majority. Now that the dust has settled a bit I thought I would share.
It’s been 1 year since I first wrote the post, “Extending SAP: Fiori or Mendix?” and a lot has changed. Because of the changes, this older post has gotten a lot of renewed interest so I thought I would take a look at my opinions from a year ago and see if they differ. If you haven’t already, please refer to the original article to have context for this one.
IT should be an expert “SWAT” team with precise skills to tackle the toughest app challenges, not a bottleneck to solving business problems.
I haven't used my blog to promote events in the past so this is a bit unique for me, but since I also have been struggling to find the time to write blogs lately I wanted to kill two birds with one stone. I've been working with SAP and Mendix for the past few months preparing a Digital Transformation Roadshow here in North America with other partners to showcase the tools and capabilities of the SAP Cloud Platform. We want to showcase real examples using the tools of how we can solve business problems together. We've been able to get some amazing speakers at our first stop in Chicago next week on April 18th:
- Brenna Berman - Former CIO of the City of Chicago and current Executive Director of he City Tech Collaborative
- Victoria Farnsworth - Executive Director, Enterprise Solutions at Purdue University
- Mark Bonchek - Founder of Shift Thinking and frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review
- Andrew Moore - Intel GM, Digital Transformation Office
I'll be one of four presenters on the show floor demonstrating as well as an additional demonstration that is part of a larger simulation taking place on the main stage during the lunch hour. If you or colleagues are going to be in the area, or potentially one of the other scheduled stops in the coming months which are currently Boston July 18th, Oklahoma July 24th, or Atlanta August 22nd, I'd love to see you there!
Recently I was onsite with a potential customer and a few folks from Mendix to describe the value proposition of their platform combined with our service delivery model. Often, I will perform the demos, but in this instance, we collectively decided to give that responsibility over to Michael Schiraldi, Solutions Architect @Mendix. Like the client, I, too, learned things that I didn’t know! I’ve been at this for quite a while, and the learnings I had centered on Mendix’s Web Modeler and the roles of my team and how we train. If this interests you, please read on!
“With SAP tools like Fiori and UI5, why would I need Mendix?”
As a practitioner who directs our architecture and development of Mendix applications alongside SAP developers, I get asked this question a lot. Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools like Mendix are on the rise because as businesses begin their journey into digital transformation, they realize that the agility necessary to respond to rapidly changing competition and value perceptions require focused teams that combine business leadership and IT to design and deploy solutions just as rapidly. Waiting for a waterfall, stack-developed project to get scoped and developed will typically miss the mark, come out behind the curve of the transformation, and be dead in the water by the time it hits the market or the business.