Linx is a flexible and powerful low-code development platform that allows you to integrate systems and automate business processes. With Linx you can create, integrate and automate any custom application, ranging from simple to highly complex, without the need for programming.
Forrester Research defines a low-code development platform as follows: platforms that enable rapid application delivery with a minimum of hand-coding, and quick setup and deployment, for systems of engagement. The inherent value of a low-code development platform is that it brings IT and the business together, enabling more rapid, iterative and collaborative development. Applications can be rapidly built, seamlessly deployed and easily changed—all without the need for low-level coding. Read more about low-code.
Anyone can use Linx. It doesn’t require any technical expertise. The drag-and-drop designer allows you to focus on the business logic while Linx does all the back-end work. It is most often used by the IT department or a developer (for quick snippets of code), but almost anyone can learn to how to build a solution in Linx.
If you have ever spent countless hours completing repetitive, time-consuming processes such as file transfers, report generation or data entry you’ll appreciate the benefits of using Linx to automate these processes.
Likewise, if you have ever created point-to-point integrations with legacy systems that quickly became messy and expensive to maintain, you’ll appreciate Linx.
Linx is easy to deploy and removes the need to write custom code. As a result, solutions and processes can be developed, integrated or automated faster than traditional software development.
Linx is suitable for organisations of all sizes, and its scalability makes it a great choice for a growing business. In smaller organisations, Linx is highly effective in alleviating the burden on strained IT resources.
Linx was designed to integrate with nearly any system, SaaS or application, including easy access to all major database providers, AWS, Xero, Excel, PDF and many more services via web services.
Linx is a low-code platform that enables you to:
- Build rapid prototypes
- Automate Business Processes
- Integrate Systems and Databases
- Build, Connect and Test APIs
- Create Web Services
Linx consists of two separate, but related applications:
Further reading: How it works
Linx Application Designer
This is a desktop exe. Linx works on Windows 7 SP1 and above. We recommend Windows 10.
Linx Application Server
The default offering is the Linx Application Cloud which includes a database and drive. For on-premise hosting, Linx works on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and above. We recommend Windows Server 2016 .
Apple and Linus users can run Linx via a virtual machine. See our instructions here.
CPU: Intel i3, Xeon or better
Browser: IE9 or better (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, etc)
OS: Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 or better
.NET: Framework Version 4.5
Additional software: Some functions may need client software provided by the vendor (e.g. database drivers)
Although designed for Windows, it is possible to run Linx on a Apple Mac (IOS) via a virtual machine. To do so, follow this quick guide on getting started.
Linx does not edit code directly like Visual Studio but rather produces solutions by using our low code methodology. Linx is based on programming principles but way simpler to use than a programming language.
No. You install Linx Application Server on the hardware of your choice, in your own data centre, public cloud (Linx Application Cloud) or in your own private cloud account. The Linx Server runs as a Windows Service to host and manage Linx Solutions created in the Designer. It starts the services you defined in your Linx Solutions, which in turn triggers your processes.
Yes. Linx can be hosted in a hybrid, on-premises or a cloud environment, giving you options based on your business needs, not ours.
Yes. Linx has an open API and uses Rest APIs, which defines a set of functions that developers often use to perform requests and receive responses via HTTP protocol such as GET or POST. This makes it easier for business users to use Linx without programming knowledge.
Linx is so much more than an ETL tool. Although many of Linx’s functions are similar, there are several areas where Linx excels. For example, Linx will take your business further and faster by helping to control the input and output of data without the need for custom coding or expensive development. Linx is also highly effective when adding automation to your data, enabling you to improve the efficiency of all your business-critical applications, including ERP, CRM and ETL solutions.
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Communication with Linx Server is done via https. However, certain functions might transmit data but the mechanics will be specific to the function, for example a WebService function will use http or https.
Linx Server is secured with a username and password. Both are encrypted server side and can only be accessed via SSL.
Individual components support the encryption and security protocols relevant to the component e.g. CallRestWebService supports Windows Authentication, OAuth etc.
Linx works with all databases with an OleDb, Odbc or Ado.Net provider. Examples are MS Sql Server, Oracle, MySql, PostgreSQL, Firebird, Access.
Linx also supports MongoDB – a NoSQL database.
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Yes. Our expert team offers everything you need to design, build and launch robust, professional solutions. Simply contact us to find out more.