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Score 5 out of 100

Zoho Creator Platform

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Score 9.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Low-Code Development

    NativeScript

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    8.2

    Zoho Creator Platform

    82%
    Zoho Creator Platform ranks higher in 6/6 features

    Visual Modeling

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.5
    75%
    13 Ratings

    Drag-and-drop Interfaces

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.6
    86%
    13 Ratings

    Platform Security

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    14 Ratings

    Platform User Management

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.8
    78%
    14 Ratings

    Reusability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.0
    80%
    14 Ratings

    Platform Scalability

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.5
    85%
    14 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • Zoho Creator Platform is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    5.0

    NativeScript

    50%
    13 Ratings
    9.1

    Zoho Creator Platform

    91%
    19 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.0

    NativeScript

    80%
    1 Rating
    10.0

    Zoho Creator Platform

    100%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    NativeScript

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3

    Zoho Creator Platform

    83%
    12 Ratings

    Availability

    NativeScript

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Zoho Creator Platform

    100%
    1 Rating

    Performance

    NativeScript

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    9.0

    Zoho Creator Platform

    90%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    1.0

    NativeScript

    10%
    3 Ratings
    6.9

    Zoho Creator Platform

    69%
    5 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    NativeScript

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    8.3

    Zoho Creator Platform

    83%
    3 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    NativeScript

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    10.0

    Zoho Creator Platform

    100%
    1 Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Progress Software Corporation

    I gotta be honest, after a PoC period, we choose to rewrite the whole application in a different cross-platform app. Our developers had to invest a lot of time and effort to debug a lot of plugin-related issues, which we needed to utilize the android mobile phone capabilities. QR reader, special visualizations, and fine-tuning were really hard and often resulted in writing native Android code instead of using the shared Angular code. In the end, we think that writing a standalone Android app and an Angular app would have been a better alternative, as the shared code base was so unreliable that it did not save us any time.
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    Zoho Corporation

    I have a software web app development background, so we considered hand-rolling an in-house MYSQL application for our needs. But, programming a home-grown web app also requires a dedicated programmer and some deep thought regarding specifications. Within just a couple of hours, I developed a tool in Zoho Creator (easily expandable) that accomplished the same tasks. It saved us a considerable amount of frontend and backend programming. Nothing can truly fit EVERY need, so some extremely specialized applications might find Zoho Creator limiting, but for the bulk of normal, everyday database management, Zoho Creator is an excellent tool. The fringe cases where Zoho Creator's off-the-shelf abilities may not be enough could be addressed in a number of creative ways, be it linking to outside data or using their custom programming language to hand-code specific needs. It is very, very powerful. The only place where it may not be appropriate is if someone needed extensive front-end customization (although data can still be pulled using its API for display externally). It may be too powerful for extremely basic needs. Overall, however, it is hard to find fault with this system.
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    Pros

    Progress Software Corporation

    • True native app. The app uses native components and that is quite noticeable in the overall performance of the app. NativeScript is also awesome in the way we can access the native APIs, so we are never really constrained by the framework. If we need, we can just dive into the native APIs without leaving our environment and language (JS).
    • Cross-platform. Builds for Android and iOS. It deals with the platforms differences very well.
    • Support for Vue.js. Even though it is just a community effort, the NativeScript-Vue plugin is the best alternative to build native Apps with Vue.js. That was a major factor to go with NativeScript.
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    Zoho Corporation

    • The ease of creating data collecting forms. Anything from creating a form to import all your old excel documents to creating a mobile on-site application where you can input data directly into the app. For a company like us this can help to eliminate the pen and paper approach to recording data.
    • Reporting features are excellent. Slicing and dicing the data from your forms to create any report is possible. Think of it has filters on steroids. The ability to combine data from different forms is a huge plus.
    • Dashboards! Zoho Creator has so much depth to it that it's easy for one to get lost if they are not as familiar with Creator, for example an exuctive or decision making manager. This is where dashboards come in. Admins can build intuitive and smart dashboards that combine all the relevant KPI's that a manager needs to see.
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    Cons

    Progress Software Corporation

    • The need to know the native Android and iOS APIs to access device hardware and other platform-specific functionality
    • Not all user interface components are available for free
    • NativeScript has no HTML and DOM, which requires some deep knowledge of different UI tools to be implemented instead
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    Zoho Corporation

    • In the C5 Version, User Management was easy, but in C6 due to the by default integration of analytics, we at our end are not able to deactivate the users, which can be improved as to add new user, we need to have the control at our end.
    • While integrating with third party software's, creator should develop mechanism to use multiple applications using common points
    • Though the system is very easy to use and develop, UI customization option should be provided with similar low code facility
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    Pricing Details

    NativeScript

    Starting Price

    $0

    Editions & Modules

    NativeScript editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      The NativeScript framework and CLI are completely free and open source. NativeScript Sidekick is a free download to improve developer productivity with optional paid tiers for power users.

      Zoho Creator Platform

      Starting Price

      $0

      Editions & Modules

      Zoho Creator Platform editions and modules pricing
      EditionModules
      Custom Enterprise Plann/a1
      Ultimate4002
      Professional253

      Footnotes

      1. none
      2. per month 10 users included
      3. per month per user

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      No setup fee

      Additional Details

      Add-ons: Customer Portal: $100/month onwards Premium Support : 20% of license fees Enterprise support: 25% of license fees

      Pricing Info

      Likelihood to Renew

      Progress Software Corporation

      The hybrid is ok but native is better for performance and the right use case I want to go for is the performance without dealing with too many development tools.
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      Zoho Corporation

      Today Zoho Creator is included in our current plan from Zoho One, but if it was needed to pay apart it should be done because the software we created became very important for our team. The use of Zoho Creator contributes to endorse the Zoho One subscription year after year.
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      Usability

      Progress Software Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Zoho Corporation

      I think Zoho Creator Platform is a very different development platform compared to others. Most developers might not want to learn or develop here due to: 1. Non scalability 2. High costs 3. Limited UX design Reason others might want to develop on Creator: 1. Faster time to market 2. Easy Drag-Drop interface 3. Works for a variety of use cases
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      Reliability and Availability

      Progress Software Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Zoho Corporation

      In an earlier comment, I mentioned Zoho's excellent uptime. I have been using the system for over 6 years, and have experienced only momentary outages, and of those, only a hand full over the years. It is extremely reliable
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      Performance

      Progress Software Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Zoho Corporation

      We do not integrate Zoho with other systems at this time, but rarely are searches, database exports, record edits or creation tasks ever slow enough to notice. It is quite usable
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      Support Rating

      Progress Software Corporation

      The community support is excellent.
      They have a slack community as well as a discourse forum
      forum.nativescript.org
      Both of these offer community driven support.
      The forum is more for a threaded discussion. The slack community is more for a quick talk.
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      Zoho Corporation

      I recommend Zoho Creator very often. A lot of companies go big earlier than they need to and spend way too much on SalesForce & Marketo. I worked for a small company with some limited budget that pivoted to sell it's product to the Enterprise. Zoho Creator was incredibly easy to set up, intuitive to use, and contains all the most essential features that most users need and seek in SalesForce. We integrated with MailChimp & Unbounce and were able to be incredibly useful in acquiring leads, nurturing them, and tracking pipeline in Zoho Creator. Our small sales team found it very easy to use and loved it.
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      Implementation Rating

      Progress Software Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Zoho Corporation

      Even if it is a easy to use platform, it got some issues on the implementation that could easily handle by IT teams. In our scenario this team don't exist anymore, and the business/marketing team had their expectations that it was quickier to be implemented. So, consider a professional help on this implementation could be cost more (of cource) but it would be helpful to manage the issues and expectations.
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      Alternatives Considered

      Progress Software Corporation

      Ionic Ionic is an excellent Angular-based framework for mobile, and it does give a lot of access to the native device api's. However, the technology is based on Cordova, which means the apps being built are just webviews, with html, css and JS all running on the UI thread, and potentially creating very slow experiences for users. NativeScript is a truly native solution, and so provides a faster user experience. ReactNative We evaluate ReactNative, and found it much the same as NativeScript. The main difference is that your JS is all written with React, while NativeScript lets you choose between normal JS, Angular, and Vue. For our team, Angular was the most appropriate choice.
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      Zoho Corporation

      I could use Excel to do what I need but prefer to use Zoho Creator for the main reasons of being very secure, fast, easily accessible, cloud based, etc. The CSV import option is a huge time saver, I can import CSV or TXT files directly into Zoho Creator in seconds
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      Scalability

      Progress Software Corporation

      No answers on this topic

      Zoho Corporation

      Zoho is incredibly versatile. Much thought was put in to the way the platform functions. I've yet to face a situation where Zoho would not be able to do what I needed. That being said, because of its power, it can also be a bit intimidating technically. Simple needs are simple. More complex needs are ... more complex! Overall, it's a powerful, robust platform
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      Return on Investment

      Progress Software Corporation

      • The poor quality of NativeScript documentation has the potential to weigh heavily on development timelines, budgets, and QA resources in a NEGATIVE manner.
      • The poor interoperability of NativeScript plugins can significantly increase development time.
      • The need to seek out professional instruction to learn how to use NativeScript effectively may become a burden on your budget.
      • The number of breaking changes between versions of NativeScript, may cause your development efforts to lag further behind the most recent releases of NativeScript and your other chosen environments than you are accustomed to.
      • NativeScript still does not support the latest major version of Angular. Any significant changes to the other environment components of your systems may hold you back even further while NativeScript plays catch-up.
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      Zoho Corporation

      • Again, Creator has allowed the College to make significant savings in workflow practices, clerical administration, photocopying, postage - everything we now do is online. Our efficiencies have been recognised by our users/applicants who view us as a point of differentiation as to how we do business.
      • Negative impact - None!
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