Amazon has announced Honeycode, a new tool which promises to help businesses develop mobile and web apps without coding knowledge.
The new tool comes specifically from Amazon Web Services and is designed to help their clients to craft interactive apps using a simple visual builder.
Amazon promises Honeycode will enable businesses to “create applications that range in complexity from a task-tracking application for a small team to a project management system that manages a complex workflow for multiple teams or departments.”
Users can build applications for up to 20 people for free, but after that they’ll need to pay for each extra individual and the storage their apps use.
“Customers have told us that the need for custom applications far outstrips the capacity of developers to create them,” said AWS VP Larry Augustin.
“Now with Amazon Honeycode, almost anyone can create powerful custom mobile and web applications without the need to write code.”
Like similar no-code app builders, Honeycode comes with templates for common business applications like inventory managers, to-do lists, customer trackers, and more. Amazon highlights that historically companies have had to rely on things like spreadsheets (shudder).
“Customers try to solve for the static nature of spreadsheets by emailing them back and forth, but all of the emailing just compounds the inefficiency because email is slow, doesn’t scale, and introduces versioning and data syncing errors,” Amazon wrote in today’s announcement.
“As a result, people often prefer having custom applications built, but the demand for custom programming often outstrips developer capacity, creating a situation where teams either need to wait for developers to free up or have to hire expensive consultants to build applications.”
The apps can scale in complexity as required. Amazon says apps built using Honeycode can scale from a task-management solution for a small team, all the way up to a full-scale project management system which features a complex workflow including multiple departments.
You can get started with Honeycode here.
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