Business applications, web or mobile tend to take a long time to design, code and test. They can also cost a lot. Even simple web applications take time and resources which means a lot of businesses either do without or fall back to the age old staple - the mighty spreadsheet.
One such example was a local company that built a travel request application - This took them almost 2 months from specification, to design and then implementation. They then had to wait for the software developers to schedule the development. Add in the ongoing support for the application and the costs mount up. And all this for only one app.
We set about to change this by building an application builder to give any business the ability to build a form, add in whatever fields required, create business rules around those forms all in something that can have their application up and running in under 5 minutes. But we went a little further by making the forms builder integrate with other applications such as the contact manager, ticketing system, staff list and so on. Most form builders are standalone but to really work in a business environment it needs to integrate with your other business applications.
That same travel request application that took 2 months to go live is now on Apptimi.com and took less than 10 minutes from start to go live.
Where next with the forms builder? We are currently working on building business rules to the forms so that the business owner can define what happens not only to a form but to individual answers provided - step back to another question/section, jump forward to another field, chain to another form, send a notification to another team or application, connect to another 3rd party application. We've no doubt our customers will come up with many suggestions that will make these kinds of applications just as powerful as any custom designed product.
Small business software needs to not only be good and useful but it needs to be affordable, agile and easy to deploy. In today's business environment waiting months for an application to get developed and tested means a potentially wasted business opportunity.
For more information on the forms builder see www.apptimi.com/forms.aspx