Okay so you’ve got data about customers, products, sales and you want to manipulate the data, slice it and dice, create reports, automate processes, add data and so on. And you’ve definitely moved passed the shoestring approach of using MS Excel. You’re going to need business apps or database software. You could get a developer to put something together, but you’re a startup so obviously you have zero budget for that. You need quick, easy and cheap. Here we’ve got 7 cloud-based business app/database providers that will keep your costs down and don’t require you to know any coding.
If you really want to get into it there are a lot of nuances to databases and business app development, but for most startups you won’t need to go into that level of detail. Cloud-based providers also offer some great benefits as you don’t have to worry about owning or upgrading hardware, you can pay a monthly subscription based on your usage and the software gets upgraded automatically. Some of these providers such as Zoho and Viravis even offer free versions.
So here are 7 database providers that will slice and dice your data at a low cost:
Has a drag and drop app building interface that doesn’t require any coding. You can import from excel or ms access. Notifications and scheduling can be built into your apps.
Free version: 3apps, 2 users, 1,000 records, 200MB of file storage
First premium service level – $25/mo, unlimited apps, 10k records, 1GB file storage
Intuit is certainly well known for providing business software having developed Quickbooks the often used small business accountancy program. However, they are significantly more expensive than other providers in this space.
Basic service: $299/mo 200 app templates, includes notifications/scheduling, unlimited apps, 10 users, 25k records
Includes a drag and drop app building interface. Some pre-made application templates. Includes excel import and notifications.
Basic service: $125/mo, 50MB of storage (250MB attached files) , 2 apps
Includes the ability to develop mobile apps for phones and tablets. It also features social media integrates. App templates are available and apps can be designed by the Long Jump in house team.
Basic service: $49/mo, 2 users, 5 apps, 50k records (50MB)
Caspio is one of the original cloud-based business app providers. No coding required. Apps can be integrated in your website and has a WordPress plugin.
Basic service: $39/m0, 5 apps, unlimited users, automated notifications, 500MB (approximately 300k records)
No programming required. Free version available for 1 user, 1k records, 1 app, 100MB file storage.
First premium service level: $24/mo, 6users, 10k records, 3 apps
Licenses are per developer and does require desktop software which then uploads apps online.