TL; DR: Appy Pie’s intuitive no-code platform empowers businesses to delve into app- and site-building without programming knowledge. Using the tool, businesses of all sizes can create the digital assets they need to successfully start, run, and grow their businesses. With recent releases like Appy Pie Chatbot Builder and Appy Pie Design, the company aims to allow organizations of any size to enhance business outcomes with code-free business solutions.
If there’s one thing organizations have learned during the past year, it’s that the pivot is a necessary survival skill in our unpredictable world.
During the pandemic, institutions that quickly leveraged technology to respond to changing demands survived — some even thrived. Those that failed to take an agile approach were left flailing.
Time is of the essence amid the dizzying pace of the digital era. For this reason, many development and site-building teams are now turning to no-code platforms to streamline workflows and reduce time to market.
“No-code development has gained importance as business users seek to convert their ideas to apps without having to wait for months — maybe years — before IT gets to it,” said Abhinav Girdhar, Founder of Appy Pie. “In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2024, no-code app development will be responsible for more than 65% of application development activity.”
Appy Pie, a no-code business solutions provider, helps businesses quickly and intelligently adapt to continuous change by eliminating barriers to application and website building.
The company’s goal is to boost access to application development, empowering businesses of all sizes to build digital products tailored to their needs. Users don’t have to download or install any software with the Appy Pie platform, and the web-based, drag-and-drop solution requires zero coding knowledge.
Users can leverage several tools within the platform, including a website, chatbot, and mobile app builder, to achieve different goals. The company is continually releasing additional tools, such as the recently released beta version of Appy Pie Design, to further expand user access to code-free business solutions.
Eliminating Barriers to App Development Since 2015
Abhinav founded Appy Pie in February 2015 after receiving a bachelor’s degree in information systems from the University of Westminster in London.
“I have always been intrigued by technology, and I understand the edge that technology can lend to a business of any scale or size,” he told us. “When I saw some of the most brilliant ideas not seeing the light of day, solely due to the lack of access to technology. I knew that I could use my knowledge in technology to fill this void.”
At the time, the company’s main goals were to provide an easy-to-use, budget-friendly platform for those with no programming experience. With a range of no-code business solutions within a single platform, businesses also wouldn’t have to worry about hiring developers.
Today, six and a half years later, Abhinav remains committed to growing the web and mobile application development platform with high integrity and accountability standards.
“Appy Pie’s no-code solutions can be used by businesses of all size, scale, and scope,” he said. “We are on a mission to democratize application development by empowering everyone to build digital products that meet their needs without any coding.”
Appy Pie also helps businesses overcome persistent tech talent gaps by putting development within reach for a greater number of employees. (In 2019, there were more than 700,000 unfilled tech jobs in the United States alone).
“One of the greatest benefits Appy Pie delivers is the fact that anyone with a good idea can create an app without having to acquire any skills,” Abhinav said.
Facilitating On-Demand App Delivery
The Appy Pie platform includes several features designed to help businesses create lightweight, fast, and easy-to-use applications.
“In light of the pandemic, online learning, remote working, and on-demand delivery has become almost instrumental in the way things operate in the professional and personal space,” Abhinav said. “Appy Pie has an entire portfolio of business solutions that can help businesses and professionals grow faster and come out stronger.”
Popular features include tools for adding notifications, photos, videos, forms, contacts, and directories. Users can also easily adjust the content, layout, and navigation to ensure that their app or website is user-friendly.
Businesses can also use Appy Pie to create iPhone and Android apps in just a few steps, customizing the interface with logos, on-brand color schemes, and icons. The platform even makes it easy to publish mobile applications in Google Play and the App Store.
To further assist users, Appy Pie offers video tutorials designed to provide guidance on adding features, customizing the look and feel of the app, and publishing the final results. Other resources are also available, including training material, detailed documentation, and white papers.
“It’s a wonderful platform,” said Lexi Dronia, an Appy Pie user from India. “Without any hesitation, without any hurdles, you can make an application in a new innovative way that is easy and comfortable.”
A Secure, Customer-Centric Approach
Making a no-code application and site builder easy to use also means including built-in security and compliance tools.
To that end, the Appy Pie platform includes a web application firewall (WAP), protection from denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks via AWS Shield, vulnerability scanning and patching, and daily database backups.
The payment gateway used by Appy Pie is PCI DSS-compliant. The app is also compliant with GDPR and CCPA, processing all personal data under the guidelines set forth by the regulations.
The company takes data protection and security so seriously that it outlines all of its certifications and regulatory information in detail on the Appy Pie website. Providing transparency and excellent customer service is of utmost importance to the company.
“We have open phone lines, emails, and 24-hour assistance on chat,” Abhinav said. “The idea is to take feedback from wherever we can. We keep our eyes and ears open through our customer care teams and the social media and the comments we receive on all forms of content we put out there.”
Headquartered in Warrenton, Virginia, and Noida, India, the company serves customers in more than 150 countries. To do so, it operates in a variety of languages, including French, Arabic, German, Portuguese.
Abhinav said that no-code development has long attracted customers from all industries, niches, and corners of the globe.
Whether we’re talking about individual users, startups, or enterprises, the one thing everyone has in common is limited amounts of time.
“I cherish the fact that Appy Pie has managed to democratize technology that seemed out of reach for companies with small budgets,” Abhinav said.
Casting a Wider Net: Chatbots, Livechat, and Design
The Appy Pie team has been focused on expanding its solutions suite in the last few years.
In late 2019, the company launched its chatbot builder and live chat software, empowering SMBs to create chatbots and integrate live chat into their apps and websites.
Users can now choose from three different types of chatbots designed to drive sales, offer support, and facilitate agent transfer. The live chat software provides equally exciting features, including a personalized user dashboard and easy widget customization.
This year, the company released the beta version of Appy Pie Design, which helps users design stunning images for placement on everything from websites and social media accounts to posters and business cards.
Appy Pie fans can expect several new solutions in the coming year. “On the horizon is Appy Pie Knowledge and more,” Abhinav said.
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