Designers using Capriza can personalise the app by taking out unnecessary click-through screens and remove data parameters that aren't needed for the task they want the Zapp to achieve.
From a user experience and aesthetics perspective Zapps tend to look like the Facebook mobile app, with a default royal blue colour scheme and a clean, user-friendly interface. Designers can add corporate branding, change colour schemes and add sliders, drop downs and approve/reject buttons.
Who will build the apps?
Ariel admitted that the Capriza designer module has its challenges, as it requires knowledge of the business process you are looking to turn into an app. Ariel believes that business analysts, line-of-business IT and power users will make up the designer community and will require "one or two days training". The rest of the workforce can reap the benefits through the WorkSimple platform.
"Sometimes it takes multiple iterations, so typically it will not take five minutes, it will take a couple of days, a week at most," admits Ariel, "which is still a hundred times quicker than a mobile app developer."
Security and governance
As Capriza is extracting from your existing enterprise systems, the security and governance that comes with this software is inherited by Capriza's platform. As Ariel explains: "You can't break the business logic because the business logic is owned by the master, source application. We are simply piggybacking on top of that an inheriting all the security."
Theoretically this takes the stress off of IT teams as more business users can self-serve when it comes to line-of-business apps. As Acton puts it: "Without making wholesale back end changes they can all of a sudden service far more requests to the business than they ever could before without additional overheads." The WorkSimple app can also be delivered through the enterprise app store, so IT teams can monitor usage and maintain control without having to configure anything.
Capriza works on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model with subscription prices on a per-user enterprise model. Once onboarded, employees can access their various systems via the WorkSimple app and start designing apps on the designer module.
Carpriza isn't the only enterprise app builder on the market, but following a hefty $27 million Series C funding round led by Andreessen Horowitz and Charles River Ventures (CRV) and a growing set of big-ticket customers, like TiVo, Paramount and Sotheby's, it certainly seems to be leading the way.
Where Mubaloo acts more like a consultancy in building mobile apps to certain specifications, Capriza is a self-serve solution. Microsoft's Power Apps is also self-serve but it is naturally just for Microsoft software based processes, whereas Capriza is relatively vendor agnostic.
Giving business users the ability to create simple mobile apps so that they can perform key tasks while on the move benefits everyone, from the end-user to IT teams.
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