Everyone who’s anyone in the lucrative world of businesses knows that no-code programming is taking off. Ask popular search and cloud computing giant, Google. They recently joined the bandwagon, too. It’s only been half a year since the company acquired AppSheet, an eight-year-old visual programming app builder, but already they’re taking the no-code platform to places. As with the makers of bubble.io and Amazon’s Honeycode, Google understands the value of empowered automation and faster processes in today’s competitive business climate. As a result, they’re counting on AppSheet to meet existing demands to build robust and powerful apps without the need to write code.
The whole acquisition of the thriving Seattle-based software company comes as no surprise as Google is a massive IT corporation that’s constantly on the lookout for inventive technology. If anything, the internet-related services company is only amplifying a need that many enterprise organizations have yet to find solutions for. Whether a startup or a growing household business name, the need for customizable solutions that support crucial internal systems is irreversible. Aside from increasing corporate backlogs, talent sourcing experts are also quick to reveal that employees who are stuck doing menial and repetitive tasks are much likelier to experience creative drought and emotional fatigue in the workplace.
More than ever, it is high time for non-IT professionals to be encouraged to explore, learn, and confidently build apps on their own to push boundaries in solution-finding.
And right now, Google is grooming AppSheet to do exactly that and more.
AppSheet’s new technology
At present, AppSheet is making use of artificial intelligence capabilities that optimize understanding human speech through natural language processing, a strong feat many no-code providers don’t have in their long roster of functionalities and features.
But Google Cloud isn’t stopping there. The now-stronger (and wealthier) platform now enables users to supplement machine learning processing capacities to help hasten data entry activities. On top of that, AppSheet also turns to predictive machine learning models that help entrepreneurs and business leaders run more guaranteed statistical analyses of the data they create. Although this is a massive deal to every user, it’s an even more exciting feature to marketing professionals and startup founders who are determined to better study their market as these insights allow them to make more substantial predictions about future reactions and by-products. A few examples of this particular innovation include predicting the rate of attrition by utilizing data and customer instances and categorizing customer input based on their categories and feedback examples.
Small business heads with loads of paperwork will also fall in love with AppSheet’s optical character recognition feature. This allows apps to read handwriting or text straight from a photo, ensuring that data entry is done much faster. For example, an app may be able to immediately fill out a form simply by looking at the information an image contains. Even more impressively, AppSheet can help users create apps that scan badges as an alternative to having customers, guests, and conference attendees write a whole lot of their data on sign-up sheets and similar documents. In other words, studying your audience and gathering data has now become incredibly easier and faster thanks to no-code, or more specifically, to AppSheet.
It’s not just AppSheet’s time to shine, it’s yours, too
While we all know Google to be the powerhouse internet brand it is today, it’s safe to say that not all of its ventures have turned out victorious. Orkut, Google Video, Google+, and Google Catalog Search are only a few examples of Google products that didn’t fly. Still, we’re a tad more positive with AppSheet’s potential success despite how saturated the no-code market is starting to become.
While the no-code provider is barely a year old under its new parent company, AppSheet’s technology is already backed up by some of Google’s most prized software—Google Cloud, Google Forms, Google sheets, and even Amazon’s Office 365, Box, DynamoDB, and Salesforce.
If all those integrations don’t cut it yet, the mere mention of a “Google-produced” app should be enough to make entrepreneurs and digital visionaries want to start building an app of and on their own.
Citizen developers can start working on their ideas with AppSheet for a minimal $5 a month only, followed by a $10 plan, before custom rates take place.
A little help
Like many of the no-code providers there are today, AppSheet makes sure to extend sufficient video tutorials and blogs to help its users know their way around the platform. Fairly so, its visual UI makes the entire process “learnable” without being too stressful for the ordinary person. For those needing professional help to get started, collaborating with experts from tech startups and agencies isn’t a bad idea, too. An exchange of ideas and a quick run-through on the no-code technology with someone you can trust never hurt anyone.
Overall, Google’s foray into the visual programming space is warranted, helpful, and adds to the expanding diversity of the IT market. After everything’s been said and done, AppSheet has every right to, indeed, deem themselves “the intelligent no-code platform.”