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Need an App Maker? 3 Questions You Should Ask

 

If you want to know how to make an app, there are three important questions to ask:

  1. What kind of app do you want to make?
  2. What are your technical skills?
  3. How much time and money do you want to invest?
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Top 7 Things to Consider When Selecting a No Code App Maker Platform

 

A couple of years ago I was searching for a no code platform that our team at Versa Cloud could use to streamline the development of work process apps for our clients — most of which are towns and municipalities across Massachusetts. Along the way, we discovered AppSheet. And we haven’t looked back since.

As I explained in a recent blog post, AppSheet has become our preferred app development tool as it gives us the scalability and flexibility that we need to build efficient and highly-customizable solutions in less time — saving our clients’ money, without having to make any compromises regarding performance or quality. In short, AppSheet beats the competition and is reasonably priced.

AppSheet wasn’t the first tool we tried. We experimented with just about every available solution, in a diligent trial and error process. So in this article, I will share some of the things that we learned throughout our journey in hopes of sparing you some of the trouble that we went through.

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How to Make an App—Things to Do in the First 7 Days

 

Most teams in most industries will get more productive with custom mobile apps. Construction, transportation, utilities, oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing, shipping ... the list is long. If you work in one of these industries and think a mobile app would help your team, this article is for you. It is a step-by-step planner on how to make an app and implement it for your business use case.

The article will not advise you to hire software developers. In fact, absolutely not. The article tells you how to create your own app yourself or with the help of your own team. You need no knowledge of software development or programming. Instead, you will use a no code app platform called AppSheet that is explicitly designed for business professionals like you. In general, the concepts in this article apply to other no code platforms as well.

A note of caution: every no code platform will claim you can create apps in seconds. So does AppSheet. That is true in a literal sense but it is also not true in a practical sense. You will have an app working in seconds or minutes. However, to build a good app, the one you want with the features you want, it will take some investment of time. I believe a week is sufficient, investing a couple of hours a day. Hence, the "7-day planner"!

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Build or Buy Mobile Apps: Focus on the Platform, NOT the App

 

A recent ComputerWorld article shed some light on Santa Clara County CIO Ann Dunkin’s conundrum: Should Santa Clara build or buy mobile apps? I suspect this is a question many city CIOs are asking themselves as they try to figure out how to offer their city residents a mobile-friendly, one-stop shopping experience that is platform-agnostic.

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The Wand Chooses the Wizard: the AppSheet Customer Definition

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 assertiona 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.

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50 Ways to Leave Your App Developer

 

It's time to build apps yourself.

Do you work at a business where there are inefficient forms being filled out with pen and paper? Or people have to come back to their desktop to fill in information? Or you don't have information that you want at your fingertips? You know the answer. A mobile app would really help you get more efficient and drive your business forward. Yet you fear all the horror stories with app development!

Here's a lyrical encouragement to rid yourself of the pain, burden, cost, aggravation, and futility of hiring application developers and instead build those apps yourself. That's what the no-code platform revolution is all about.

With a salute to Paul Simon (enjoy his music video at the end of the post), here goes...

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The AppSheet Manifesto Part 2: No-Code is "Know"-Code

 

 

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the AppSheet Manifestothe 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.

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The AppSheet Manifesto Part 1: How AppSheet Was Founded

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.

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4 Ways to Cut IT Costs by Making Your Own Apps

Regardless if your IT department is in-house or outsourced, technology is a vital part of any modern day business. If your website, computer network or apps go awry, your business will instantly come to a standstill. It’s no wonder that in a recent survey involving 1,121 IT pros across various sectors, it was reported that the average IT budget was $253,389. The average IT spending per employee ranged from $2,770 for small businesses with 19 or fewer employees to $698 for large companies with over 500 employees (average $1,526). As a business owner or manager, you know what a big investment good tech support is, but are there ways to decrease this large expense?

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A Guide to Empowering Citizen Developers & Launching Business Apps

Something incredibly transformational is emerging: the advent of the “citizen developer.” You may or may not have heard the term. Our newest white paper, Empowering Citizen Developers: A Guide, walks you through everything you need to know and how to empower these employees to create powerful apps that benefit the whole organization. Here, we'll give you a snapshot of the steps you should take. 

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Can RMAD Create Better Apps Than Traditional Developers Can?

 

As the demand for mobile apps escalates, low-code/no-code rapid mobile app development platforms are rising to meet the need, allowing so-called “citizen developers” to produce apps in less time at far lower costs. And as tech users become increasingly tech-savvy, an increasing amount of app development is falling not to traditional developers, but to those outside the IT department in order to address particular technology needs.
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How To Convince Your CIO That You Need A Mobile App

We are now in the midst of the mobile generation, with millennials taking the lead, and mobile apps can improve efficiency, speed up workflow, and boost profits by reducing costs. But sometimes it is not easy to convince a CIO that mobile apps are a necessary tool to achieve those goals. Here are a few approaches you can take.

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Do Citizen Developers Represent a Threat or Opportunity for IT Departments?

With the rise of low-code and no-code development tools, ordinary business users with little to no technical expertise are taking it upon themselves to build applications, heralding the era of the so-called citizen developer.

These DIYers fill a critical role as IT departments struggle with insufficient staff and resources to meet all the demands put upon them, In fact, a survey by IBM in 2014 found that 80 percent of cutting-edge enterprises were turning to citizen developers to plug these gaps.  

This revolution parallels the broader trend toward self-service in IT and offers enterprises clear benefits. But there are also risks, leading many to question whether citizen developers will ultimately prove a threat or an opportunity for corporate IT.

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4 Challenges Every IT Department Faces — and How Mobile Apps Can Help


With the ever-expanding technology climate we’re living in today, the job descriptions of IT managers seem to be increasing at an equivalent rate. Technology professionals are no longer limited to simply ‘fixing the bugs.’ They must perform tasks to keep organized and efficient, but these tasks often seemingly have nothing to do with technology at all.

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Top Hidden Costs of Developing a Mobile App

 


It’s no secret that building an enterprise mobile app the traditional way-- outsourcing development to professional programmers-- can run a business tens of thousands of dollars. And that’s just for the app itself. But according to Mehul Rajput, there are a multitude of hidden costs that can start to accumulate even after the app has been built. In his Jaxenter.com article Top Hidden Costs of Developing a Mobile App, Rajput chronicles the additional expenditures an organization might encounter when embarking upon custom app development, but may not have previously anticipated.

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