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New Relic One

New Relic One is a cloud-based network monitoring and observability platform designed to help businesses analyze, optimize and troubleshoot software stack. Features include real-time alerts, serverless monitoring, incident managem...Read more

SonarQube

SonarQube is the leading tool for continuously inspecting the Code Quality and Security of your codebases, and guiding development teams during Code Reviews. Covering 27 programming languages, while pairing-up with your existing s...Read more

4.62 (21 reviews)

ProntoForms

ProntoForms offers cloud-based field service software that assists businesses via their web app and mobile interface. Field agents can fill out and submit invoices, work orders, and signatures within the mobile app. One of th...Read more

kintone

Kintone is a cloud-based, customizable workflow management platform suitable for businesses of all sizes. The key features of the solution include compliance management, approval process control, forms management, event monitoring...Read more

4.71 (86 reviews)

Jama Connect

Jama Connect is an application lifecycle management product which can either be deployed on the cloud or installed on Mac and Windows devices. It helps in product development processes and works on real-time decisions and feedback...Read more

4.45 (11 reviews)

CircleCI

CircleCI helps users automate the software development process using continuous integration and delivery. The tool builds software using custom job orchestration with workflows. CircleCI can be configured to deploy code to va...Read more

4.53 (77 reviews)

Linx

Linx enables the rapid development and deployment of back-end applications like APIs, integrations and automation. Developers design and debug solutions in a familiar procedural style using a drag and drop interface with access ...Read more

4.30 (23 reviews)

Flowfinity

Flowfinity is a solution that helps businesses automate the process of building mobile forms and applications for the management of field services. Key features include data visualization, remote access, barcode scanning, version ...Read more

4.73 (22 reviews)

Knack

Knack is cloud-based database management portal software that allows companies to build online databases that can be accessed remotely. Key features include an application builder, customization tools, reporting and analytics, an ...Read more

4.41 (73 reviews)

Appenate

GO PAPERLESS IN 2021: 90 days for $90 on new accounts. 15 users included limited time only! A no-code platform for creating data-driven applications to replace paper-based fieldwork activities.Harness Appenate for streamlined fie...Read more

4.38 (8 reviews)

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Subscription models

  • Per employee/per month: This model allows you to pay a monthly fee for each of your employees.
  • Per user/per month: Users pay a monthly fee for users—normally administrative users—rather than all employees.

Perpetual license

  • This involves paying an upfront sum for the license to own the software and use it indefinitely.
  • This is the more traditional model and is most common with on-premise applications and with larger businesses.

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Aware IM

Aware IM is a low-code development platform that allows you to create web database applications with unprecedented speed. It requires a developer to have a technical mindset but doesn't require knowledge of web technologies or pro...Read more

4.71 (34 reviews)

SpreadsheetWEB

SpreadsheetWEB is a cloud-based application development solution that allows users to generate apps using Excel spreadsheets. It is suitable for educational institutions, insurance companies, investment firms, startups and more. T...Read more

4.87 (15 reviews)

VINYL

Vinyl is a no-code enterprise application development platform offered by Zudy that helps entrepreneurs, business analysts and IT professionals create small to large scale applications. Additionally, charts can be generated using ...Read more

4.40 (10 reviews)

Plaid

Plaid is a cloud-based financial solution that helps users establish a connection between applications and bank accounts to access banking data. It allows to authenticate accounts, check balances, verify identity, validate income,...Read more

4.47 (19 reviews)

DHTMLX

DHTMLX delivers a wide range of highly customizable JavaScript UI widgets for developing enterprise web applications of any complexity. With DHTMLX, you can maximally simplify the process of integrating advanced functionalities ...Read more

4.49 (49 reviews)

Plandek

Plandek helps organizations build software better with metrics and analytics that provide deep insights into the software delivery process. A simple setup allows you to get started instantly and unearth valuable metrics that assis...Read more

4.50 (12 reviews)

GitHub

GitHub is a project management and code sharing platform that allows users to share their codes with others and create/iterate using collective intelligence. The software can be used for different kinds of coding assignments inclu...Read more

Appy Pie

Appy Pie is an application development platform that enables users to create mobile applications compatible with operating systems such as Android, iOS and Windows mobile OS. The solutions creates applications for a variety of ind...Read more

Servoy

Servoy is a cross-platform application made for deployment and development of apps that run on all Java compatible servers. The software is used to design, debug, test and develop applications. Additionally, the Servoy developer f...Read more

4.00 (2 reviews)

Ombori Grid

Ombori Grid powers Omnichannel retail, Visitor Management and Customer Experience in physical locations. It includes a marketplace of ready-to-use, no-code apps such as Appointment Booking, Queue Management, Occupancy Control and ...Read more

5.00 (3 reviews)

Buyers Guide

Last Updated: September 29, 2021

Research has conclusively shown that just because you build an application doesn’t mean your customers or your employees are actually going to use it.

The mantra in digital business these days is “fail fast.” So, if you choose to build an app, you need to get it out there in the world ASAP. App development software makes development easy, so you can get your app to the sink/swim phase and hopefully give it a few nudges to help it swim.

We’ll cover the following basics about app development software so you can make an informed purchase. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What is App Development Software?
Common Functionality of App Development Software
Benefits of App Development Software
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Market Trends to Understand

What is App Development Software?

App development software has existed for decades. Software environments like .NET allow for interoperability of programming languages across diverse OS ecosystems and application stacks, while integrated development environments (IDEs) speed the work of software development by providing a single graphical user interface (GUI) for various development tasks: editing code, compiling code, deploying applications etc. Finally, bug tracking software allows developers to manage and resolve issues with apps.

Applications can be deployed on desktops, mobile devices or via web browser. Many app development platforms facilitate the development of all three types of apps, but some cater exclusively to one or another. You’ll want to make sure the products you evaluate support your type of app development.

The term “app development software” is somewhat vague. In fact, businesses often use an app development platform, which is a whole suite of interrelated tools for creating apps. You can buy some of these tools separately, but smaller businesses will typically settle on just a single vendor for the platform.

App development platforms cover all the phases of development: design, coding, backend integrations, usability/bug testing, delivery (e.g., to online app marketplaces/storefronts) and post-deployment analytics. Additionally, mobile app development platforms support the delivery of app upgrades as well as paid licensing models for apps.

App analytics platforms, while central to the mobile app development process, are a healthy market unto themselves. That said, analytical capabilities are found in many app development platforms, and these should be robust enough for many standard use cases. Trickier use cases involve considerations such as Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which present beastly data integration issues.

Let’s take a brief look at some of the most important features app development software offers in these areas.

Common Functionality of App Development Software

The follow functions can be found in app development platforms and tools:

Integrated development environment (IDE) A graphical user interface for source code editing, compiling, and debugging.
Code-free development Especially useful for mobile app designers; features drag-and-drop interfaces, wizards and other visual interfaces for app development that allow non-technical users to build apps without writing code.
Prebuilt, templated apps Typically, mobile app development software features templates for common app use cases (banking, field service, employee facing etc.)
Hardware compatibility testing Allows you to preview how the app will display on multiple device types and operating systems, either via software simulation or pushing the app preview to actual hardware devices.
API Mobile app development platforms sport RESTful APIs that allow developers to integrate the functionality of the platform with back-end services and databases.
Data synchronization App development software enables the synchronization of data created by apps when they’re offline with online services.
Mobile app analytics Gathers data about how users are engaging with the app after it’s deployed to spot bugs and opportunities for improvement.

Benefits of App Development Software

App development software offers a number of benefits, including:

  • Faster development time. This is of course the major reason to invest in an app development platform. Complex apps will still require some custom development work, but by automating or eliminating much of the code-writing process, app development platforms allow businesses to bring apps to storefronts more quickly.
  • Backend data integration. Connecting apps with backend services and databases can be tricky, but app development software makes integrations easier by providing user-friendly APIs for this purpose.
  • Visual development environment. Without an app development platform, business users with no programming skills can’t build apps. App development platforms feature templates and visual development environments to enable any business user to create apps.
  • Hardware compatibility. Typically, app development platforms integrate with native SDKs (software development kits) for iOS, Android etc. This means that developers have access to the hardware features of various smartphone platforms without going through the native SDK. Additionally, the usability testing that app development platforms enable allow developers to spot potential design problems before the app is launched.
  • UI/workflow design assistance. The various features that app development platforms offer for automating development enable developers to focus on the user interface and the workflows/user experiences it supports.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Typically, app development software buyers fall into two categories:

  • DevOps buyers. These buyers need to focus on the customizability of the code that app development software generates, since developers will typically need to expand and edit pre-generated code. DevOps buyers should also focus on the backend integration services supported by the app development platform.
  • Line of business buyers/“citizen” developers. These buyers should focus on the visual interfaces that app development software offers for app development. They should also examine the number of templated apps that app development vendors offer for common business use cases and industry verticals (entertainment, healthcare, banking etc.).

Market Trends to Understand

Rapid App Development. This technology refers to the coding-free technologies for app development that we’ve discovered throughout this buyer’s guide - visual wizards, prebuilt app templates, drag-and-drop interfaces etc. The goal of platforms specializing in rapid app development is to enable normal business users to design and deploy apps with minimal IT involvement. These platforms are particularly aimed at digital businesses in which marketing departments, customer service departments etc. need to launch apps quickly in response to emerging opportunities.

Integration Platform as a Service. Integration Platform as a Service refers to the emerging market for cloud platforms for data integration, including backend data integration for apps. While many app development platform vendors offer backend data integration services, a separate integration as a service may be required for more complex deployments.