Published: Tue, June 19, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Google opens App Maker tool to all G Suite users

Google opens App Maker tool to all G Suite users

Google announced the general availability of its low-code App Maker tool, designed to quickly create apps for its business-oriented G Suite portfolio. This low-code development environment aims to make it easy for teams to "speed up workflows and make processes better", according to Google.

Google first launched the Google App Maker back in November 2016 and made the beta version only accessible to the GSuite Business users.

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App Maker is created to help professional developers and business professionals who don't necessarily have a formal coding background, including business analysts and system administrators, build applications without necessarily requiring help from IT.

The tool easily connects to G Suite apps like Gmail, Calendar and SheetsPlus, and business developers can further use Apps Script to hook into more than 40 of Google's other services, along with Google Cloud Platform and other third-party services supporting JDBC and REST.

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Now let us understand how this app maker tool will be beneficial for businesses. The company argues that IT executives' attention is on security and governance, not on app development.

End users and IT developers can use its drag-and-drop UI design, and declarative data modelling, to build their apps quickly. For example, video game publisher Electronic Arts used an early version of App Maker to create a custom app to help streamline its capital resourcing needs. "With App Maker, you can revamp company processes like requesting purchase orders or filing and resolving help desk tickets, as if you designed and built the processes yourself". One of them is the built-in support for Cloud SQL (Structured Query Language) to assist in managing databases remotely. Expanded OAuth Whitelisting controls mean administrators will also be able to prevent apps from running without their approval. Such a type of service is not provided by any other big business or education app.

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