5 No-Code App Dev Platforms IT Teams Will Be Asking For In 2017
While the digital transformation is putting the pressure on IT teams to innovate, few actually have the time to do so. A recent study says only 15 percent of IT's time is spent innovating. So where are they spending their time? Well, 30 percent is spent on issue resolution and new service requests, 21 percent is spent patching, tuning and updating old systems, and 11 percent is dedicated to installing hardware.
With just 15 percent of IT's time going to innovation, it's easy to see how citizen developers taking on app dev is lending a hand to help IT teams. This might make IT teams to fear for their jobs, but with a host of new no-code app dev platforms, IT teams are free to solve business critical tasks to show real value. So, what are the no-code app dev platforms that IT teams will be begging for in 2017?
Read on to find out.
Vinyl, created by Zudy, can build apps in only days, compared to a typically lengthy development process. Within Vinyl, users can pull data from any database into an app - no additional plugins needed - to streamline and transform business processes. Vinyl is completely agnostic, running atop and interacting with legacy systems. Within the platform users are able to build, monitor, measure, design, secure, connect, deploy and monitor an application whether it be cloud-based or on-premise. Vinyl is for enterprise level companies, and Zudy guarantees their team can build you an app in one week or less - for free. Once your first app is built, you have the option to subscribe, which gives you the ability to create an unlimited number of apps for an unlimited number of users. Unlimited apps and an unlimited number of users is a completely different pricing model from other no-code app dev platforms. If in need of extra help, Zudy also offers assistance in the form of software architects.
Bubble takes app dev to a visual level on the premise that you are creating a multi-user interactive app for web or mobile. With a drag and drop builder, apps are completely custom and easy to create, not simply from a template. Bubble has a built in workflow editor where developers design how the app works with action by action logic. While Bubble does connect with plenty of popular services, it doesn't connect to all of them, so you'll need to double check the app you want to connect is able to be. Currently, Bubble apps are running via web operation only, so if you're looking for a native app, Bubble isn't your best bet. That said, you won't be charged for your Bubble app until you gain users. From there, plans start at $19/month per user.
If you're familiar with PowerPoint, AppGyver could be your best bet to try your hand at the no-code app dev world. The platform is designed for the every-day business user, rather than programmers. Like Vinyl, AppGyver connects with several data sources and enterprise authentication protocols natively. Once the developer has connected with the data sources, users create a workflow with an 'if this, then that' logic. Pricing with AppGyver starts at $9/month per user.
Another drag and drop-based platform, clearString helps to bring business apps online without the need for code - their website was even created with their platform! The company says they 'eat their own dog food' and are all about no-code app development. Where the 'developer' creating the app is an actual web developer, citizen developer, or business employee, clearString's platform takes all aspects of app dev from CRUD forms and database management to security and user control into account. clearString also offers a 30-day free trial of their cloud platform. clearString's 'starter' package starts at $79/month. Their most popular package will run you $379/month.
5. Zoho Creator.
You might be familiar with a cloud-based office suite called Zoho. While the platform includes a requisite number of productivity apps and a few database, CRM and small-business apps, it also includes Zoho creator which is a no-code app dev platform. Zoho creator is a drag and drop interface, especially powerful for creating B2C apps. With Zoho, it's possible to rapidly build web and mobile applications, secure business data, create custom reports and automate workflows. While integrations with other Zoho products are the only integrations built-into the platform, users do have the option to create custom integrations with third party data sources. Zoho has a variety of pricing plans. At the enterprise level, pricing starts at $15/per user/per month.