In the today’s hyper-agile world building mobile apps to automate business is essential but at the same time it doesn’t make sense to spend months and even years to build them. When you are looking to build apps for your business you have these options:
- In-house Development: If you have an in-house team of developers in your IT team, you could leverage it to build apps. However, this approach is ridden with many pitfalls and challenges.
- Outsourced Development: Like many companies do today, you could consider outsourcing the development to an external team. The advantages of this approach include reduced management overhead but may result in frequent budget-overruns dues to communication problems. Communication is the key challenge in these situations. Making sure the development company understands the requirement precisely is a big challenge.
- Yet another approach is to buy an off-the-shelf app from the mobile app stores like Apple Store and Google Play store. Most of these apps are built with specific requirements in mind with a few configurable options. The major hurdle in adopting this approach is the mismatch of the requirements of your business and the requirements the app was built with. This leads to abandonment of the app after using for a while or in the upfront.
At Axonator, we have built a simple web-based tool that allows you to build these mobile apps in days! You don’t need to know coding or programming to build apps using Axonator.
Axonator provides a form builder to build forms using just drag and drop and a workflow designer to draw your business process steps. These steps will be automatically executed as various events, like some one fills a form, occur. Workflows allow you to streamline your mobile business process by defining what happens next and who does it.
For example, let’s say a user fills a form (that you built using Axonator drag and drop editor), your workflow kicks off and assigns a different form to the next user depending on how you configured the workflow steps (using a drag and drop workflow editor). The next user who is responsible to complete the task receives a notification on his device. This goes on until the complete process is done.
Your business process could have different types of steps within a workflow. Filling a form is an example we already discussed. Other examples are sending an email or generating a document based on the data the user captured and a document template. All these steps happen automatically once you set them.
Your final app consists of forms and workflows. Once you have the forms and workflows defined it is just a matter of publishing the app by clicking a publish button and inviting users to use the app.
Axonator is super-easy to use and you don’t need to be a programmer to be able to use it. Axonator makes the complex process of building the mobile apps as easy as creating a spreadsheet. Just drag and drop the fields that you need and connect the forms by the workflow. Additionally making changes to the app and publishing newer versions of your app is a simple and fast process with Axonagtor unlike your other options where any change will go through a series of steps of which the development, testing and debugging is the biggest cost-driving chunk.
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