Mendix acquisition by Siemens

There are a lot of great blogs out there, detailing the acquisition (see some links below) but we haven’t read anything about what this might mean for a Mendix developer; someone who uses the Mendix platform daily to create innovative smart apps.

Last week it was announced, and widely picked up by news sites that Siemens will acquire Mendix for approximately 730M USD. Mendix’ CEO Derek Roos wrote a blog about what the acquisition entails, Johan Den Haan’s (Mendix’ CTO) blog focusses more on the vision of the product, and other blogs describing their view on the move by Siemens to acquire Mendix. I encourage everyone to read these blogs as they give a good insight in the how and what of Siemens ❤ Mendix.

There are a lot of great blogs out there, detailing the acquisition (see some links below) but we haven’t read anything about what this might mean for a Mendix developer; someone who uses the Mendix platform daily to create innovative smart apps. That’s where this blog comes in. A small disclaimer is that this blog is written from a personal view; I don’t have any inside information about things that will happen; this is just a blog about what I feel it might mean.

Mindsphere & Mendix

At Mendix World 2016, Smart Apps were introduced as “the new generation of apps” using, among others, Big Data, IoT and Machine Learning. Since then, a bunch of Connectors have been added to the Mendix App Store. These connectors allow us to connect to various IoT/ML services such as IBM Watson, MQTT, AWS and more. MindSphere, being Siemens’ Open IoT platform, seems like a perfect fit for Mendix as we could use the Mindsphere APIs to enrich our apps. Imagine this being integrated in a single platform…

The combination could prove very powerful, making it even easier for developers to build even better Smart Apps.

Low-code IoT & Machine Learning

Currently implementing IoT sensors and using its data still requires a bit of technical know-how. IoT is mainly focused on the hardware, with new sensors being developed and released every hour (or so it seems). The same goes for Machine Learning; there’s no out-of-the-box solution for getting started with Machine Learning, and integrating it in your apps has a hefty technical component to it.

That’s why combining Mendix and Mindsphere seems like the only logical next step. It could be seen as the first low-code IoT/ML platform! Which in its turn is huge. Removing the technical ‘barrier’ from IoT allows for a much broader adoption. Even smarter apps, more developers, more resources; the possibilities are endless!

Besides this, being part of the Siemens family gives an influx of new money. As Siemens stated it will keep investing in Mendix’ R&D it will gain even more momentum. This commitment is a sign that being a part of Mendix, whether as a developer or anything else, was the right choice!

As Derek Roos stated in his blog:

“…you now have the benefit of working with a leader in the low-code market, who has the might of a multi-billion-dollar, global enterprise behind them.If you’ve ever wondered which low-code platform will have the viability to invest and win in the long term, you no longer have to guess. This commitment and investment from Siemens will allow us to accelerate R&D and geo-expansion investments significantly. You’re going to see faster innovation, more reach and an even better customer experience from us.”

And me? I’m just excited for what the future will bring. Starting with Mendix almost 6 years ago is still one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I’m not close to being done!

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August 13, 2018
Paul Ketelaars