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Nancy Powaga
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 |  January 07, 2021

yearinreview1What an unprecedented year, for both AppSheet and the word at large. Even as our team faced new challenges, we remained committed to uncovering new opportunities to serve our community.

Our team began the year by joining Google Cloud after being acquired by Google. By combining our advances in no-code development with an organization with world-class infrastructure and resources, we were able to supercharge our efforts to bring the democratizing power of no-code app development to citizen developers  everywhere.

Responding to the global pandemic

The timing of our Google acquisition put us in a unique position to support those in need of unique solutions to serve their communities.  – just as the global implications of the pandemic began to become clear – In the case of the COVID-19 pandemic, digitizing became critically important and no-code development was able to help individuals and organizations around the world respond to the urgent crisis. All across the globe, everyday citizens  with zero coding experience used AppSheet to build powerful applications to help combat COVID-19 and its effects on vulnerable communities.

Here are just a few of the inspiring ways people around the world used AppSheet to respond to the crisis:

  • USMEDIC – a provider of comprehensive equipment maintenance solutions to healthcare and medical research communities – used AppSheet to build a medical equipment tracking and management solution to support various healthcare organizations, including busy hospitals struggling to locate vital equipment.
  • The Mthunzi Network – a not-for-profit organization that distributes aid to vulnerable populations – built an easy-to-use app to automate the distribution and redemption of digital food vouchers.

You can read more about how Google Cloud’s AppSheet and our global community of no-code app creators have answered the call to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Reimagining work

Needless to say, the phrase “business as usual” took on a whole new meaning in 2020. And at AppSheet, our mission has always been to change the way organizations and businesses do what they do best with our intelligent, no-code app development platform.

Unlike low-code platforms, which still require experienced development teams to design and build applications, AppSheet’s no-code platform empowers anyone to design and build custom apps that help digitize and simplify business processes and workflows. As one retail app creator in our community put it best: “The future is no-code app development. Creating an app from a simple spreadsheet opens up endless possibilities in making business processes seamless.” You can read more about the difference between low-code and no-code development here.

Our team’s been amazed by the creative and inventive ways in which app creators have used AppSheet this year. A small Utah-based construction company created an app to simplify inspections and help mobile workers do their jobs faster. An engineer in Mumbai used AppSheet to build an app that brings solar water pumps to remote farms in India. And a telecom company in the Philippines hosted an AppSheet-based hackathon where the winning team built an app that detects and reports illegal signal boosting.

Preparing for the future

We also worked hard this year to integrate AppSheet with Google Workspace and add powerful automation and security tools to enable no-code and citizen development everywhere.

For example:

  • The Google Sheets integration now allows Google Workspace users to build AppSheet-powered apps directly from a Sheet.
  • We also developed app templates that incorporate Google Workspace functionality into AppSheet-powered apps – allowing customers to further streamline their tasks.

Because of integrations like these, Google Workspace users now have a powerful app development platform built right into their favorite productivity suite.

And with AppSheet Automation, we’re doubling down on the power of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to no-code development so any employee can easily automate existing processes and drive efficiencies within their enterprises -- with no coding experience necessary. AppSheet’s human-centered approach to no-code development also offer easy-to-understand suggestions and checks, which help speed up the time it takes to develop and deploy an application.

AppSheet also features powerful security, compliance, and governance rules built right in, so citizen developers can easily create apps without worrying about putting their teams, their company data, and their organizations at risk.

2020 was a challenging year but our community of citizen developers inspired us each and every day. From brainstorming community driven solutions to participating in the next phase of our no-code journey, we are so grateful to have gone through this year together.

Here’s to a new year and all that 2021 may bring!!

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Nancy Powaga

Nancy helps app creators build and learn with AppSheet.

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