2020 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms: Key Takeaways

Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms

Application delivery comes with challenges that are faced by IT leaders and this has an impact on the ability to provide business automation rapidly and reliably. This has led to low-code application platform (LCAP) providers improving products through offering wider capabilities that require smaller specialized development teams. Gartner projects that more than 50% of Medium-Large enterprises will have implemented an LCAP as a strategic application platform in the next 3 years based on the growing popularity and interest in low-code app development for integration and AI services.

What is an LCAP?

“an application platform that supports rapid application development, deployment, execution, and management using declarative, high-level programming abstractions such as model-driven and metadata-based programming languages, and one-step deployments. LCAPS provide and support user interfaces, business processes, and data services.” Gartner 

What is the goal of a LCAP?

Increased application development productivity with reduced skill-set requirements for developers.

Quadrant for Enterprise Low-Code Application Platforms – Key Points 

The quadrant from Gartner evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of 18 different providers who are dominant in the marketplace. The quadrant is based on the execution ability and the completeness of vision as shown below and depicted by Niche players, Challengers, Visionaries and Leaders. The Magic Quadrant adapts as the market evolves, hence the new addition of AuraQuantic and Newgen and exclusion of K2 and Kony. See below for key notes! 


  • The most popular quadrant – Niche Players 


      • ProntoForms – covers a range of industries but mainly focuses on service and frontline work
      • TrackVia – includes  better support for offline use, UI updated & enhanced workflow support 
      • AuraQuantic (formerly AuraPortal) looks into AI based decision management, RPA & AI assistance for developers in the future.
      • Other niche players include Creatio, Quick Base, AgilePoint,Kintone & Newgen
    • The challenger quadrant only includes the well established Oracle (APEX) based on its high performance user experiences for data search in large datasets and the ability to access data from any external REST-enabled source to APEX.


  • The visionaries include Betty Blocks, Oracle (Visual Builder), Pega, and Zoho


      • Visual Builder – more accessible due to resource based pricing 
      • Zoho – expected to add RPA and more collaborating dev features
      • Pega -introduced a business portal to coordinate user access to processes & apps
      • Betty Blocks – enhanced its container deployment, developer environment, and extensions mechanism


  • The leaders include Appian, ServiceNow, Mendix, Microsoft, OutSystems, and Salesforce
  • Appian – offers a complete stack of low-code automation tooling that can handle complex workflows, business rules, and case management
  • ServiceNow – one of the first vendors in this report to provide an integration platform for LCAP users and deliver asset management and real-time monitoring. 
  • Mendix – The highest on the scale of completeness of vision and is one of few providers with advanced multi-experience development capabilities.


    • Microsoft – suited to citizen developers and business unit developers due to simple design time tools in power apps
    • OutSystems – enhancing its DevOps and data management capabilities by adding builders for workflow
    • Salesforce – scored the highest on the ability to execute probably due to its ecosystem of partners providing strong drivers

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