2017 was a busy, successful year for app creators. People created and used AppSheet apps to make their processes more accurate and efficient, ultimately saving valuable time. We saw apps being used in tons of cool places, for a variety of purposes and varying in complexity: App creators solved problems, created innovative solutions and changed the way that their organizations do work.
As a no-code development platform, we are always looking for ways to help our community of business professionals. We’ve met, written about and supported thousands of citizen developers as they create apps that automate and improve processes within their organizations, release white-label apps or reach across business lines to help others make apps. We are always on the look-out for ways to increase awareness outside of our close knit, no-code community and Apps Without Code seemed like a perfect sponsorship fit.
This is part of the AppSheet Manifesto series about the beliefs and principles that form the basis of the AppSheet platform. The manifesto has three major customer-centric assertions: a) about the technology, b) about the product, and c) about the business. This article is about the second assertion—a tiny startup team starts from scratch and rapidly builds a broad app platform for tens of thousands of customers. We have done this by adopting a somewhat surprising principle.
Our customers are our team. And here is what we mean by customers in the AppSheet dictionary.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the AppSheet Manifesto—the beliefs and principles that form the basis of the AppSheet platform. The manifesto had three major customer-centric assertions: (a) about the technology, (b) about the product, and (c) about the business. This article is about the first assertion – that "no-code" technology is powerful enough to design and deliver rich, powerful, and meaningful mobile apps for billions of customers. In fact, we believe that for the vast majority of mobile apps, the no-code model is clearly the optimal model for app development.
In January, I wrote about our product roadmap for the AppSheet platform. The current set of articles is similar in spirit, but broader in scope – they describe our overall goals, why we come to work every day, what we see our customers doing, and how our customers are inspiring us and guiding us forward.
We are excited to share our plans for 2017. We have ambitious plans to extend the AppSheet platform and to address many of the feature requests that you have asked for. This post lays out our plans in broad strokes.
Two years ago on a rainy October day in Seattle, AppSheet was launched. Our CEO, Praveen Seshadri knew he wanted to empower non-developers to create mobile apps all around the world. Over 100,000 users and 150 countries later, this vision has become a reality. The product has helped a wide range of customers: from non profits in some of the most remote places in the world to large enterprise customers looking for an innovative solution. AppSheet has evolved enormously in just two years. Let's take a look at how far we've come.
We're thrilled to announce that we've launched two new Zapier and IFTTT integrations to our platform. We understand the impact of trigger-based workflows and the potential this has for AppSheet's customers. It's an ask we've gotten in the past and have rolled out a solution that will help you seamlessly power up your workflows. Read more to get details and learn how to integrate these solutions into your apps.
At AppSheet, our goal is to empower everyone to create their own mobile apps. We do this by connecting with the most powerful productivity platforms, providing the ability to turn spreadsheets into powerful mobile tools. Since our launch in 2014, we've made big bets on Google Apps, creating integrations for Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Drive, and Google Docs. We want to enable the more than two million paid businesses that are powered by Google Apps to build their own apps with AppSheet.
More than 90,000 Google Apps users have created apps with AppSheet in the past 14 months. We're awestruck by the level of participation we've received from Google Apps users throughout the world and we’re looking forward to turning more of those users into app creators.
The “lean” approach has become an established practice at startup companies as well as larger software companies. These organizations have learned that “lean development” quickly results in a product that their customers actually want. However, most successful software products today are not just products. They rapidly evolve into platforms on which customers build apps and solutions. Most of these software platforms though haven’t internalized that their customers also need to build apps and solutions using a lean methodology. Customers deserve better!
This is a guest blog post from Ryan Stevens, Senior Analyst at Clutch.
AppSheet has made the list of top mobile app builders from ratings and review firm Clutch. This list includes many proven companies that provide high-quality services and deliver first-class products. Dependent on feedback from customers and ease of use of our platform, AppSheet’s presence on the list is a great accomplishment for our young company.
Our platform has served a wide range of apps-- apps that help improve business operations, coordinate non-profit efforts, deliver timely information to stakeholders, even manage personal to-do lists and study guides. In fact, we have served over 50,000 apps since we launched with a mission to make businesses, organizations, teams, and individuals more productive with do-it-yourself mobile solutions.
So, what's next?
The team at AppSheet is working hard to improve the types of apps you can build with AppSheet and the tools to make those apps. We've been releasing product updates on a weekly basis for the past four months (Feature of the Week!) and we've been growing the number of users in our platform. This growth has uncovered a new opportunity for our advanced users and other organizations: helping businesses and organizations design and deploy mobile solutions with AppSheet.
Each year, Bellevue, Washington's Chamber of Commerce holds the Eastside Business Awards to honor three businesses that are making waves and improving the work and lives of people in the surrounding community. This year, AppSheet won the Innovative Product or Service of the Year, which recognizes a new cutting edge product, software, application, or service that's causing disruption in its industry. We were honored to be included in the nominee pool with other innovative and leading companies like Smartsheet, Aegis Living, and RootMetrics.
Praveen Seshadri, AppSheet's CEO shared his thoughts about AppSheet and being an entrepreneur at the very first New Tech Eastside event. It's a short and quite entertaining talk. Check it out!
We are happy to announce the launch of AppSheet, our DIY platform for mobile apps. Anyone can create, deploy, and share mobile apps by simply creating a spreadsheet. Try building an app yourself today at https://www.appsheet.com/. Below is the official news release: