Google makes app creation easier with App Maker

Developing custom business apps costs between $150,000 and $400,000 on average. Certain apps even require further tweaks after they have been designed, developed, and launched. The interesting twist, however, is that most businesses are willing to pay the price as long as these apps solve their problems. But, just because the finance department or the CEO approves it, doesn’t mean they should.

For organisations looking to innovate processes, Google’s newly launched App Maker can equip you with the right set of tools. App Maker is a cloud-based app-development platform that enables organisations to build custom apps that will solve problems specific to their operations and/or business. With this G Suite-connected tool, you can design and develop apps that are tailored to your organisation without outsourcing an expert developer and at a relatively lower cost. And the best part? It requires little to no coding knowledge.

Being able to develop your own apps obviously has clear benefits, but in what ways can they help your business?

App development made easy

App Maker is powered by the cloud, which means your organisation’s need for a fast, responsive, storage-saving tool is very much well accounted for. You can develop basic apps using built-in templates in a drag-and-drop interface, which, coupled with a point-and-click data functionality, makes it a breeze for users to build an app that solves specific problems.

If your organisation hosts its data from G Suite, uploading data will be that much easier, whether you’re using Contacts, Groups, Docs, Drive or Maps or any other API-enabled programs. This connectivity with G Suite applications means your company’s data can easily be accessed or adjusted.

Features and uses

Being a low-code app development tool entails rapid development and deployment… and no programming background. App Maker allows the automated creation of apps without having to work with elaborate programs, separating it from traditional, more complicated methods. Another benefit of low-code app development is being able to easily get user feedback, a component which Google integrated directly into App Maker with its “work-in-progress” feature.

Apps that can solve seemingly basic yet tedious processes can be built in less time than it takes to put together a conventional app development team. Common issues or processes that could benefit from a nifty custom app-development tool include digitizing forms, tracking orders and inventory, and a host of other organisational processes. With App Maker, developers need only a couple days to develop and deploy a usable app.

Benefits

With the ability to create apps in-house, your company will be able to cultivate cost-saving measures in improving processes, while leveraging existing resources (i.e., an in-house IT staff with adequate app-development know-how can use this tool to create and customise apps that can truly help the company). In addition, you may no longer need to bother with issues such as servers, capacity planning, and monitoring that typically accompany app development; App Maker’s cloud-powered build takes care of that.

Business apps that make processes easy and help make work smoother often have to be designed by highly skilled developers, which can be time-consuming and costly. App Maker is apt for businesses with modest resources and an urgent need for problem-solving tools.

One of Damson Cloud’s strengths has always been optimising cloud solutions that fit your company’s unique needs. Google’s App Maker, which is already available to G Suite Business customers through its Early Adopter Program, is one of many ways your business can benefit, and thrive, with cloud technology. If you’re unsure of what the cloud-based App Maker can do to make your business more efficient and productive, our cloud experts will be happy to discuss this with you.