BrandArena: Google acquires no-code app development platform AppSheet

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Google acquires no-code app development platform AppSheet

Google has bought AppSheet, a no-code application development platform for building workplace apps with the aim of helping businesses create and extend applications without coding.

AppSheet’s platform, the tech giant said in a blog post, “complements Google Cloud’s strategy to reimagine the application development space.” The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Seattle-based company was founded in 2012, and its platform has been live for more than five years. Its customers include Pepsi, KLB Construction, Toyota, Whirlpool, the Global Cancer Institute, Costco and the University of Michigan.

“As we’ve matured, so has the IT industry, and there is now a tremendous pent-up demand for enterprise automation,” AppSheet CEO Praveen Seshadri wrote in a blog post. “With the rise of low- and no-code platforms, citizen development has emerged as the strategic way for modern organizations to invest, innovate, and compete.”

Google expects to integrate AppSheet’s ability to power workplace applications — such as applications for CRM, field inspections or personalized reporting — with Google Cloud’s focus on key verticals, including financial services, retail and media.

“The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, and is expected to close in the coming weeks,” said Google.

The AppSheet team will join Google Cloud and continue to run its existing services, supporting new and existing customers.

AppSheet customers can already integrate with G Suite and Google Cloud data sources, and AppSheet will continue to support integrations with other cloud-hosted data sources like Office 365, Salesforce, Box, Dropbox and databases hosted in other clouds. AppSheet will also continue to support apps running on iOS and on web browsers.

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