Power Apps vs. ThingWorx

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Power Apps
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
PowerApps is a low code / rapid application development product from Microsoft that allows users to quickly build apps.
$20
per month per user
ThingWorx
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
ThingWorx is an IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) development platform acquired by PTC in 2014 and merged with Axeda Machine Cloud in the same year, to expand PTC's development offerings.N/A
Pricing
Power AppsThingWorx
Editions & Modules
Power Apps Premium
$20
per month per user
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Power AppsThingWorx
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
Power AppsThingWorx
Low-Code Development
Comparison of Low-Code Development features of Product A and Product B
Power Apps
7.8
19 Ratings
9% below category average
ThingWorx
-
Ratings
Visual Modeling7.617 Ratings00 Ratings
Drag-and-drop Interfaces9.218 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Security9.418 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform User Management8.218 Ratings00 Ratings
Reusability4.018 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Scalability8.217 Ratings00 Ratings
Internet of Things
Comparison of Internet of Things features of Product A and Product B
Power Apps
-
Ratings
ThingWorx
7.9
7 Ratings
1% below category average
IoT Device Management00 Ratings8.57 Ratings
Device Security00 Ratings7.97 Ratings
IoT Data Management00 Ratings7.56 Ratings
IoT Analytics00 Ratings7.37 Ratings
IoT Integration00 Ratings8.17 Ratings
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Power AppsThingWorx
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Score 8.0 out of 10
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Quixy
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Score 9.9 out of 10

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Enterprises
Creatio
Creatio
Score 9.2 out of 10
AWS IoT Core
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Score 8.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
Power AppsThingWorx
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(21 ratings)
8.7
(10 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.7
(6 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Power AppsThingWorx
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
PowerApps is well suited for "quick-wins" and fast prototypes of business solutions. It also is beneficial for situations where business partners and developers work together - it allows the business folks to provide a "quick-and-dirty" prototype which is then fleshed-out by developers that are trained experts on the platform. The interactive and easy to understand representation of the solution allows business partners to "see" the solution and add, remove, or correct aspects of it themselves. It provides a common view and understanding of the actual solution across business units and tech teams. PowerApps, being a low-code\no-code platform is not well suited for business processes that require many complex computations or large amounts of custom code - such as solutions that are better architected as Web Site or "full-blown" desktop solutions. There are solutions that are just not easy or quick to accomplish in a low-code\no-code platform. Enterprise Architects should know the difference, however business partners often try to create a solution and only when stuck because it becomes too complex do they engage a tech team for assistance - at which point there are sunk-costs involved and hinderences to re-platforming the solution
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PTC
It is well suited for situations where you require an end-to-end platform for pushing code and managing data and security of the IoT application. However, it is not well suited for the case when you want to scale the app up to many users and this requires more from the part of the product.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Power Apps has formats that are pre-built that don't require any coding which makes it easier to achieve your vision. This does become a challenge if your App needs don't fit into that format.
  • We deal with a ton of data so the fact that you can connect to any data source in addition to their pre-stablished data connections makes the process a breeze.
  • The online learning resources and tutorials are helpful as well for those who are tech savvy.
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PTC
  • Asset Monitoring - quick and easy to deploy, can connect to the plant floor and get real-time data from devices.
  • Analytics - The TWX Analytics extension has a variety of analyses that can be done into any data source input into TWX.
  • Alerts notification - you can program alerts to be sent via email/SMS seamlessly.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • More complicated to understand in comparison with Nintex Forms.
  • Complicated to find errors.
  • Using PowerApps for SharePoint Forms is a bit complicated by setting up the start and load scenario with a lot of JavaScript.
  • Load values, change them by code, and save them back could be easier. Actually quite complicated to handle a lot of variables.
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PTC
  • Advanced functionality in control and data visualization often requires additional coding from the user.
  • Support and tutorials provided are often lacking in detail or are not readily transferable.
  • Mashup development works poorly on small monitors or laptops.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
PTC
We started more than a year ago and do not plan to replace it
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Usability
Microsoft
PowerApps is a great solution and I have spent the last year familiarizing myself with the platform and building custom applications to complete a whole range of tasks such as asset management, custom invoice generation, and item restriction tracking. We as a company have barely begun to scratch the surface of what can be achieved with PowerApps.
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PTC
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
Microsoft
The community forums are extremely responsive to questions asked, there is a good body of online documentation and many community posts to draw from. Although the platform has changed, which means some of the posts are out of date and the solutions provided aren't relevant. Of relevance, I read over 400 articles plus documentation to get this first app built in SharePoint, move it to SQL and make it work exactly the way it should.
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PTC
Experienced and knowledgeable customer support executives, Thingworx is a very large product and contains a myriad of features which is not easy to remember without enough training or hands-on experience
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Much cheaper, much more customizable, and easier to use. There is not much of a learning curve and the licensing cost is much cheaper. PowerApps does one thing very well, whereas other platforms are mediocre. There is much more customization possible for your in-house workflows that you can build yourself vs using NetSuite engineers to build it for you.
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PTC
Well-suited - multiple streams from many data sources, highly scalable application scenarios.Good for a quick test of internet of things (IoT) connectivity and for deploying access via the web. Smooth deployment, easy to couple to devices. Easy cooperation with Splunk, which we use also.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • It has given us a focal point for development. We now have the possibility of connecting to mobile and the default SharePoint online interface isn't always easy to manipulate. PowerApps has given us an opportunity to improve our user experience.
  • An improved user experience has given us a better shot at compliance. When users don't fight the environment, they don't gravitate towards workarounds or non-compliance.
  • As lists and libraries change, the platform scales pretty well.
  • Having users with the capability to create their own forms and tools has dialed back the app dev need (there is a balance though) and distributed power to the process architects and people who actually need the solutions in the first place—much more efficient model of service delivery: self-service.
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PTC
  • Good for quick deployment of customer specific control of IoT
  • Good for quick test of IoT platform
  • Difficult to debug complicate system
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