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Gwen Chen
 |  March 13, 2019

Your team needs custom apps to do its best work.

Instead of hiring expensive in-house developers or working with a third-party agency, you’ve decided that a no-code app development platform is the way to go.

But how do you decide which no-code development platform is best for your business? 

To make the decision-making process easier, we’ve put together a list of seven key attributes that you should consider when looking for a no-code platform.


1. Ease of use

Your no-code development platform should be easy to use. If your team can’t figure out how to use the platform intuitively, doesn’t that sort of defeat the purpose?

Generally speaking, there are two kinds of no-code development platforms:

  • Data-driven solutions analyze information and automatically create an iteration of an app, which is then updated by employees via intuitive tools.
  • Drag-and-drop platforms enable employees to build apps from scratch with user-friendly modules.

AppSheet falls into the data-driven category. We believe that using data to inform the initial development process helps organizations build more powerful apps in a lot less time. Users can turn their sheets into apps within a matter of minutes using our platform, without writing any code.

2. Scalability

The no-code platform you choose for your organization and the apps you build with it must be able to grow with your business. Otherwise, you might find yourself having to build another app before you know it.

If you want your app to scale, look for enterprise solutions that are designed to solve these problems out of the box. AppSheet’s data partitioning and security filter features, for example, allow users to easily scale to large data sets without limitations.

3. Reporting capabilities

Different companies have different needs and different motivators. To make the best decisions, they need to be able to create custom reports that allow them to make the most sense of their data.

Look for a no-code platform that enables your organization to create custom interactive and insightful reports so you can identify bottlenecks, see how your team is performing, and allocate budget and other resources effectively.

4. Affordability

Like anything else, you pay for what you get. You can’t expect to buy the cheapest tools and get the best results. At the same time, unless you have an unlimited budget, you’ll have to consider price with any solution.

As you research your options, you may come across low-code development platforms that offer similar benefits. You’ll still need developers to work with those systems, however. According to Glassdoor, the average U.S. software engineer makes $103,035 a year. Since no-code platforms enable employees with no coding skills to build powerful applications, the savings can be significant.

5. Security

In 2016, Uber’s systems were breached and sensitive data was exposed. Since then, the company has forked over nearly $150 million in fines and other fees.

You don’t want to suffer a similar fate. And you probably can’t afford to, either.

That being the case, look for a no-code development platform that places a premium on security. That way, you can keep your customers happy and avoid fines while keeping customer data and proprietary information secure.

6. Documentation and support

It’s easier to succeed with no-code development when a vendor offers robust educational materials and strong support services. Your team will be able to figure things out on their own, and experts are always just a phone call away if they’re needed.

Look for platforms that offer extensive documentation designed to help your team learn the product at your own pace. You may also want to look at whether the vendor has an active forum, as engaged user communities are great sources of wisdom.

7. Reputation of vendor

The right no-code development platform has the power to transform your organization.

But you can’t simply choose to go the no-code route and expect everything will work out perfectly.

Success starts with partnering with the right vendor. To find the best match, research sites like G2Crowd, Capterra, and Gartner Peer Insights to see what users are saying about each platform.

Editor’s notes

We might be a bit biased, but we believe AppSheet can help organizations like yours build budget-friendly, powerful apps that greatly improve productivity. Our data-driven platform builds strong prototypes right off the bat (try it for free!), and citizen developers can easily use our intuitive tools to update each app as needed. This efficient and effective approach makes it that much easier to meet your business goals.

Check out this customer success story to learn why one of Colorado’s leading construction contractors decided to use AppSheet to build a custom app to streamline process management instead of buying a proprietary solution.

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Gwen Chen

Gwen is a marketer with AppSheet. Prior to AppSheet, she was a digital marketer, a journalist and editor, a translator, and a college teacher. She has a master with Duke University in Environmental Science and an MBA with University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.

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