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Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey
Chris helps the AppSheet team communicate the value of no-code development.

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Productivity just got easier with Google Workspace and AppSheet!

Today, Google unveiled Google Workspace, an integrated platform that seamlessly brings together Google’s communication and collaboration tools with messaging, meetings, docs, and tasks all in one place. Google Workspace makes it even easier for teams to use the tools they love and work better together. That’s why starting today, Workspace users will be able to create AppSheet apps directly from Google Sheets. Plus, Workspace customers using AppSheet will be given access to our Free plan, and Workspace Enterprise+ can now have full access to AppSheet Pro. Interested in trying it out? Open up a Google Sheet with data you’d like to turn into an app. Go to Tools > Open in AppSheet and create an AppSheet account if you haven’t yet. Then AppSheet will immediately analyze the data structure and automatically create a prototype app. Note: We’ve just begun rolling out this feature and it's possible that you may not see this option in your Tools menu. If so, the feature should appear within a few weeks. In the meantime, you can always connect to your Sheets data via the My Apps page. Google Workspace and AppSheet empower customers to build custom solutions to help solve their most pressing challenges. For example, you could improve workplace safety with a custom-built safety app linked to Google Docs, or you could boost a repair team’s productivity by building a work order app that integrates with Google Meet. To help customers take full advantage of the two platforms’ integrations, we’ve put together a library of Workspace + AppSheet templates that you can access here. This is just the start. As we continue our mission of improving productivity and collaboration for everyone, we will be making it even easier for you to leverage Workspace and AppSheet together. Happy app building!

How to Foster a Citizen Developer Culture at Your Organization

Previously, workplace software and applications were exclusively built by expert coders on tools that took years to master. No-code development challenges this paradigm by lowering the barriers of entry to application development and laying the groundwork for the inevitable surge in citizen development. What is citizen development? Gartner defines citizen developers as employees who create “new business applications for consumption by others using development and runtime environments sanctioned by corporate IT.” Look closely at the tail end of this definition. Citizen developers are not renegade rule breakers. In ideal scenarios, their work is controlled through official channels, namely information technology departments. IT holds the keys to standardize their organization’s no-code development practices. In turn, implementing uniform no-code development practices within a workplace fosters a culture of innovation, human-centered design, and productivity. AppSheet helps IT departments achieve these complementary ends of order and flexibility. By enabling everyone to develop their own digital solutions, AppSheet allows processes to be digitized rapidly at an organization-wide level, and customized to the needs of end users. Meanwhile, the platform gives IT the ability to quickly deliver high-quality solutions, gain increased insights into the processes used throughout the organization, and implement the governance policies that ensure compliance. More specifically, our platform empowers IT departments through these three standardization pillars: Organization-wide visibility AppSheet turns the concept of shadow IT on its head. Instead of having unregulated and unmonitored novice technologists running amuck, the implementation of an official, organization-wide no-code platform provides IT clear visibility into their organizations’ challenges and solutions. Control Simply put, IT should control an organization’s technology. This no-brainer principle stays solid even after granting app making capabilities to end users. AppSheet’s no-code platform places security, privacy, and governance capabilities squarely in the hands of the information technology department.  IT sets the policies and guardrails for app creators and users. Here are a few examples of restrictions IT departments set for AppSheet app creators: Ensure that every app enforces access control with domain groups Require offline mode or any functionality across all apps Restrict who can deploy applications Require app documentation Reliability and speed AppSheet eliminates the risk of rogue code which can create huge technical debt in organizations. Similarly, our platform eliminates the slog of traditional application development cycle. Instead of wasting technical time and talent on building workplace apps from scratch, no-code speeds up the process by ten times. Additionally, you can expect a flywheel effect in productivity once your workforce gains confidence as citizen developers. Learn more about creating a standardized digital transformation strategy by reading the full AppSheet Adoption Blueprint.

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