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Power App Competitor Review 

 July 29, 2020

By  Christopher Bird

You would not be surprised to learn MS Power Apps have several no code competitors.

Certainly, suggests organisations are keen to automate workflows. 

Warning

Automation works well when the workflow criteria is specific.

What do I define as specific?

Criteria question you ask in your workflow need to be yes or no. 

The more questions are open to interpretation. The more likely your user is to become infuriated. Particulary when their understanding do not match the answer you expect to be given.

Just think of those pop-up AI bots you see on websites these days. If you are like me, you have become very frustrated with answers provided in response to your enquiry.

Over the years I have attend numerous tech presentations. More often than not, AI features being demonstrated has left the presenter embarrassed.

The key point I am trying to make is successful automation requires some thought.

Key learning point. 

No matter what you are told there is no such thing as a silver bullet.

Three major competitors

This article will review three major competitors. And not in depth. As at present I do not have adequate experience of using these platforms. I am still learning the ins and outs. In a future article. I shall dictate one detailed article to each competitor reviewed in this commentary. 

Nintex Process Platform

The Nintex Platform is intuitive no code solution. Used by process professionals, business analysts, and power users. Nintex includes capabilities for advance workflow, DocGen™. 

  • Modern forms
  • Mobile apps
  • Process mapping and management
  • process intelligence and Robotic process automation (RPA)

They must be doing something right to attract customers like Amazon. 

Nintex is not likely to appeal to many SME’s given the cost. Nintex market is corporate.

AppSheet (now Google)

AppSheet is the intelligent no-code platform. Trusted by over 200,000 app creators around the world. Including Clearlink, Enterprise Holdings, ESPN, Pepsi, Husqvarna and more. A Forrester Low/No Code Development Platform leader in 2018.

Build a No Code App in 4 Ways: 

  1. Connect your data sources (e.g. Excel, Google Sheets, SQL, etc.) 
  2. Copy a sample app. 
  3. Use an Add-On for Google Sheets, Forms, or Excel. 
  4. Google’s natural language declarative programming tool.

AppSheet is an intelligent, no-code app platform for everyone. However, given Googles ownership. It is likely to increasingly appeal to those familiar with Google platform.

Quick Base

Quick Base enables businesses to quickly turn ideas into applications. Anyone regardless of technical background. Can quickly create business apps and share them with others. Quick Base is trusted by half of the top fortune 100 companies.

QuickBase is a true low-code platform. For building, customising and connecting highly scalable and secure cloud applications. Without compromising IT governance and controls.

QuickBase focus is to empower citizen developers. To rapidly prototype processes. Build and roll out apps, and modify them on the fly and still meet IT compliance.

QuickBase is slick but unlikely to appeal to SME’s. 


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Christopher Bird


Building your own Power App, BI solution, or automated workflow can be a mind-blowing experience. It can also be a nightmare. Particularly when you begin with a blank screen. My advice, get professional help as and when you need it. That's what successful people do.

Christopher Bird

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