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Five Top Low-Code Development Platforms

Appian

$75 per user per month

EDITORS’ CHOICE

4/5 Stars

PROS: Appian Quick Apps is a true no-code experience. Breaks up app creation and customization into distinct processes for business users and IT. Built-in team collaboration, task management, and social intranet. Native mobile apps. Drag-and-drop process modeler. Decision engine for modeling complex logic.

CONS: Expensive. Aspects of interface are somewhat dated. Appian Designer can be a disjointed experience for developers customizing various aspects of the application. Some required fields can be superfluous. Requires coding knowledge to fix errors, edit objects and fields, and to enable integrations.

BOTTOM LINE: For enterprise organizations willing to invest in the platform, low-code veteran Appian transforms app development into a social, collaborative, and productivity-driven experience for business users without a shred of coding experience.

Microsoft PowerApps

$7 per user per month

EDITORS’ CHOICE

4/5 Stars

PROS: Powerful visual app designer with a look/feel combining Excel and PowerPoint. Integrates with Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Power BI by default. Wide selection of UI objects and pre-built templates. Great mobile and tablet development and app previews. Connects to Salesforce and other third-party apps and data sources. Advanced workflow automation built in with Microsoft Flow. No coding required for basic app development.

CONS: Creating and connecting data sources can be a pain. Somewhat longer load times. Adjusting

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