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  • 13 December 2018 12:09

OutSystems Expands Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Initiative with Launch of outsystems.ai

Low-code development leader announces new AI-powered features and executive hires

December 13, 2018 – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- OutSystems, provider of the number one platform for low-code application development, today announced outsystems.ai, a new program that advances the company’s mission to bring the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) to software development. The project introduces a new outsystems.ai domain, names a new head of the OutSystems AI/ML group, and launches new and ongoing research into AI-assisted software development.

The outsystems.ai project builds on the company’s previously announced “Project Turing” AI initiative. Project Turing, named for the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence Alan Turing, established a new AI Center of Excellence in Lisbon, committed 20 percent of the company’s overall R&D budget to AI/ML, and developed partnerships with industry experts, tech leaders, and universities to drive original research and innovation.

“Eight months ago, we announced our bold vision for Project Turing,” said OutSystems CEO, Paulo Rosado. “Today’s launch of outsystems.ai moves the needle even further toward reducing the complexity of development and changing enterprise software with exciting new and ongoing research into AI-assisted development.”

Heading up outsystems.ai is Antonio Alegria, an expert in computer engineering and machine learning, and a veteran at designing and building products to leverage AI.

“The outsystems.ai initiative illustrates the commitment OutSystems is making to explore new technologies that improve software development processes,” said Alegria, head of OutSystems AI group. “We look forward to building on Project Turing, which aims to continue the evolution of intuitive development started by the Turing programming language. Humans speaking the language of computers has brought technology a long way, but as machines continue to change and their ubiquity in our daily lives increases, we need to evolve bi-directional communication in a way that is more natural for everyone.”

Just this month, Gartner identified AI-Driven Development as a Top 10 strategic technology trend for 2019. According to Gartner, “By 2022, at least 40 percent of new application development projects will have AI co-developers on their team.”

Across Asia Pacific, organisations are realising the potential of AI-driven software development to drive enhanced user experiences and create better, more efficient software. Currently, OutSystems is exploring the use of AI and machine learning techniques such as neural program synthesis and natural language processing to improve software development in enterprises across the region.

“The launch of outsystems.ai reflects our belief in the sheer potential of AI/ML to enhance the management of software lifecycle, from modeling new applications to testing. We are committed towards powering this evolution by enabling organisations across Asia Pacific to better leverage cognitive learning and analytics as they focus on building more intuitive applications,” said Mark Weaser, Vice President, Asia Pacific, OutSystems.

In Australia, the federal government has designated a budget for AI/ML development – as part of its bigger Technology and Science Growth Plan. Across the ANZ region, enterprises in diverse fields are already starting to bet on AI capabilities such as neural networks to enhance the software development process.

“The outsystems.ai launch crystallises our strong sentiments towards AI’s capability to significantly accelerate the application development process, given the need for enhanced user experiences and faster software deployment. By removing complexities from the software development lifecycle and improving developer productivity, we believe AI-powered software development can help propel innovation and drive new business opportunities in organisations across the region,“ said Steve Oliff, Regional Director for ANZ, OutSystems.

OutSystems also announced its Early Access Program (EAP) for outsystems.ai’s new application development AI co-pilot, the developer’s intelligent right hand for faster, more intuitive development. EAP participants will get early access to outsystems.ai applied research that can accelerate application development by 25 percent. Through usage and feedback, EAP participants will also help OutSystems improve the accuracy of outsystems.ai and influence the roadmap of outsystems.ai moving forward.

To learn more about outsystems.ai, sign up for our mailing list and be among the first to know about exciting new, low-code AI developments, and to sign up for our EAP, visit www.outsystems.ai.

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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