Google pushes no-code app development, acquires AppSheet

Google has acquired AppSheet, a leading no-code application development platform used by a number of enterprises across a variety of industries. 

Amit Zavery, VP for business application platform at Google Cloud, said in a blog post this acquisition helps enterprises empower millions of citizen developers to more easily create and extend applications without the need for professional coding skills. 

Zavery said AppSheet complements Google Cloud’s strategy to reimagine the application development space with a platform that helps enterprises innovate with no-code development, workflow automation, application integration and API management as they modernise their business processes in the cloud.

He said AppSheet’s ability to power a range of applications—from CRM to field inspections and personalised reporting—combined with Google Cloud’s deep expertise in key verticals, will further enable digital transformation across industries like financial services, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, communication and media and entertainment. 

“With this acquisition, customers will be able to develop richer applications at scale that leverage not only Google Sheets and Forms which are already popular with customers, but other top Google technologies like Android, Maps and Google Analytics,” Zavery said.

“In addition, AppSheet customers can continue to integrate with a number of cloud-hosted data sources including Salesforce, Dropbox, AWS DynamoDB and MySQL,” he added.

In his own blog post, AppSheet CEO Praveen Seshadri said their customer-centric focus will not change, and that their services will grow and expand once integrated deeper with Google Cloud.

Seshadri said the Seattle-based AppSheet will continue to work cross-platform and that their core mission is unchanged — “democratising” app development by enabling as many people as possible to build and distribute applications without writing a line of code.

“There is great potential to leverage and integrate more deeply with many of Google’s amazing assets like G Suite and Android to improve the functionality, scale, and performance of AppSheet,” he said.

“In short, we can now deliver a better platform for our customers and reach and empower many more users,” he added.