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COMPARING ENCANVAS 

If you want to compare ENCANVAS to other (similar) tech tools, you’ll need to Google ‘HPaPaaS’

What is HPaPaaS and why should you care?

HPaPaaS stands for High Productivity Application Platform-as-a-Service. It describes software platforms (like Encanvas) that are designed to rapidly design, deploy and run software apps

If you think the term HPaPaaS sounds a little techie and ridiculous for a genre of business software, we’d agree with you. But if you want to compare and contrast ENCANVAS to other (similar) tools then, according to the IT analyst firms, that’s the market we’re in.

YOU SHOULD CARE about HPaPaaS software because your enterprise needs to have an efficient way of converting its customer value into shareholder returns.  This can only be achieved by a digital platform and ecosystem.

 

Why not all HPaPaaS platforms exist for the same reason

There are many different ‘sub-markets’ for HPaPaaS software that software houses like ENCANVAS serve.  We explain a few of the main categories here. 

ENTERPRISE IOT AND BUSINESS MODEL ORCHESTRATION

This is the purpose ENCANVAS uniquely serves. While there aren’t any direct competitors that share our purpose, there are several players that offer similar HPaPaaS software for other reasons as we explain below.

ENTERPRISE BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT

These are software platforms designed to help organizations automate their business process workflows. Many have rich workflow visualization tools to help organizations speed up the modeling of their workflows. This is the closest our rivals get to business model orchestration and solutions are somewhat similar.

Key players include APPIAN, TrackVia, bpm’online, AgilePoint, Fujitsu RunMyProcess, MatsSoft, and OutSystems.

ENTERPRISE PLATFORM PRODUCTS

These are aPaaS software platforms designed to equip ENTERPRISES with a rapid development tool-kit for any apps they want to build.  Most these days come with an AppStore (similar to ENCANVAS AppFabric).  Some of these vendors have achieved scale by focusing on a particular department or function (such as Salesforce.com and its Force.com aPaaS specializing in CRM, and ServiceNOW focusing on Service Management).

Key players in this sub-market include Force.com, Zoho, Oracle, Mendix and Pegasystems.

CITIZEN DEVELOPER RAD TOOLS

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

How large is the market for what we do?

According to Gartner’s latest report on the HPaPaaS market, Application PaaS is defined as part of the wider PaaS market, which remains the smallest of the three major cloud market categories.

Within the PaaS market, aPaaS is the second-biggest sector at $3.0 billion in revenue in 2017 (source: Gartner “Forecast: Enterprise Software Markets, Worldwide, 2014-2021, 4Q17 Update”).

Related and overlapping segments include:
Database PaaS ($3.1 billion for 2017)
MADPs ($1.3 billion for 2017)
BPM suites ($2.6 billion for 2017)
Integration PaaS ($1.1 billion for 2017)

According to another IT analyst firm, Forrester, adoption of low-or-no code software development environments is on the rise reporting in their *latest survey of global developers, 23% reported using low-code platforms in 2018, and another 22% planned to do so within a year. 

* The Forrester WaveTM: Low-Code Development Platforms For AD&D Professionals, Q1 2019

What would you expect to see in an HPaPaaS platform?

There are some common features you would expect to see in a low or no code software development ecosystem.  All vendors vary in their completeness of tooling and most will default back to ‘some scripting’ in order to complete complex projects, unlike ENCANVAS.

NEAR-INSTANT ACCESSIBILITY

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

DATA CONNECTORS

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

DATA HARVESTING AND ROBOTICS

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

DECLARATIVE NO-OR-LOW-CODE BUILDING BLOCKS

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

SUPPORT FOR PLUG-INS AND CODING IF YOU WANT TO

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

DATA MASHUPS

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

USER INTERFACE DESIGN

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

DATABASE DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

RULES BASED DECISION ENGINE

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

CLOUD DEPLOYMENT AND SCALING

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

PLATFORM VERSION MANAGEMENT

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

SOCIAL TOOLING

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

LOCATION AWARENESS, GEO-DATA & MAPPING

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

CROSS-PLATFORM AND BROWSER SUPPORT

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

DATA GOVERNANCE AND SECURITY

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

DESIGN MANAGEMENT PRODUCTIVITY TOOLING

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.

DATA GOVERNANCE AND SECURITY

Targeting business units and small business so-called ‘citizen developers’, the purpose of these tools is to equip non-programmers with no or low-cost tools to create their own database-centric business apps.

Key players in this market include Caspio, Kintone, Betty Blocks, OrangeScape, Microsoft, and Quick Base.