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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 about SpreadsheetWEB

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Plesk is a WebOps and hosting platform with tools to build and manage multiple sites from one centralized dashboard. It can be used by developers, infrastructure providers, IT admins, content managers, and digital agencies. The pl...Read more about Plesk


Hypi is designed to help businesses create mobile, web and desktop applications. Hypi platform includes the ability for non-technical users to design and launch applications without needing development experience but is flexible e...Read more about Hypi

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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 about DHTMLX

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Twixl Publisher is an application development platform designed to help businesses of all sizes build native apps and define and manage their interface and navigation. Features include push notifications, access control, custom UR...Read more about Twixl

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Do you want to establish a powerful mobile presence in minutes and without any coding? Here is our software advice: don't spend thousands of dollars on expensive and lengthy app development only to end up collecting dust on the ap...Read more about Beezer

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Assembla is an on-premise and cloud-based software development platform that helps manage and secure files with Git, SVN and Perforce platforms. Designed for development in the game, health care and industrial industries, it helps...Read more about Assembla

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BugReplay saves you time by creating the perfect bug report: a recording of your screen synchronized with all the diagnostic data that engineers need to diagnose and fix issues fast. Our innovative bug reporting and productivity t...Read more about BugReplay

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TestRail Test Case Management is a cloud-based platform that allows users to manage, track and organize software tests. TestRail Test Case Management’s key features comprise modern test management, test results tracking, repo...Read more about TestRail


MyGet is a cloud-based package management solution that helps DevOps teams streamline the management and audit of an organization's IT infrastructure via a unified portal. Administrators can provide role-based permissions, enablin...Read more about MyGet

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Ionic is an enterprise mobile app development platform that provides everything needed to build, connect, and deliver high quality mobile and web applications in-house, using familiar web tools, languages, and frameworks. Ionic’s...Read more about Ionic

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Codemagic is a CI/CD tool for mobile application projects across Flutter, Android, Unity React Native and iOS. Businesses can use standard or premium instances of Linux, Windows and macOS build machines according to requirements. ...Read more about Codemagic

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SaaS Boilerplate is a cloud-based SaaS management platform that allows developers to build SaaS products in Django and React frameworks. With SaaS Boilerplate, developers can skip all the repetitive coding that is required to writ...Read more about SaaS Boilerplate

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WakeMaker Rapid is a cloud-based low-code development platform. Key features include a custom data model designer, charting, visualizations, API designers, automatic data binding, performance monitoring, automatic logic screens an...Read more about WaveMaker

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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 about Knack

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Rollbar is a cloud-based bug tracking and monitoring solution that caters to organizations of all sizes. Rollbar supports multiple programming languages and frameworks like JavaScript, Python, .NET, Drupal, Wordpress and Pyramid. ...Read more about Rollbar

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TrackVia is a workflow software development platform that allows users to create custom applications with a variety of uses. It is suitable for large organizations in most industries, particularly construction, manufacturing, heal...Read more about TrackVia

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Meet Glue - a customer loyalty program designed specifically for local business owners. So much more than just a coupon creator or loyalty card maker, Glue offers local businesses their very own branded loyalty app, and an automa...Read more about Glue

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AppSheet is a mobile app builder that helps users create iOS and Android apps from the data pulled from spreadsheets or cloud services. Users can extract data from multiple sources including Box, DropBox, OneDrive and Google Drive...Read more about AppSheet

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Salesforce Platform

Salesforce Platform is an enterprise platform-as-a-service (PaaS) solution that allows developers to build, test and resolve defects in cloud applications before deployment. The platform provides tools and services to automate bus...Read more about Salesforce Platform

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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.