PaaS Presto for SMBs: Spreadsheet to App in minutes flat!

I’ll admit I was skeptical at first.  How could I create an application from an existing spreadsheet in about 2 minutes flat.  I am not a programmer or a developer and have nil experience with creating/using databases.

I was intrigued by the PaaS You Tube video that made it looks so darn easy.  I gave it a shot.  I signed up for AT&T Platform as a Service for a mere $5 per month, AT&T PaaS.  I opened my spreadsheet and copied the columns and pasted them into the PaaS dialogue box as directed.

To my amazement, with the click of a button, all of my spreadsheet fields had been translated into an app.  To customize my app even further I was able to easily select how I wanted each field to function i.e. drop down list, radio button, free form, etc.  Now users could just enter a record into my app without screwing up my spreadsheet.

Think of the possibilities for SMBs (Small- and Medium-Sized Businesses) who run a lot of their operations from a spreadsheet.  I love Excel as much as the next person but when you have too many people accessing the same spreadsheet it can become ugly very quickly.

Plus when you convert it to an app it is now stored in a secure cloud and accessible from any device.  That’s right because in addition to creating an app it makes the app mobile ready.  This means that any of your employees who are away from their desks can use the mobile device or tablet to enter a record or view the app.

Another cool feature of AT&T PaaS is the library of application templates.  You can select from at least 50 applications that are ready to go.  You can use them as is, or tweak them to fit your needs using the really friendly PaaS development tools.  Here is a partial list of application templates:

  • Social Networking
  • Sales Force Automation
  • Email Campaign manager
  • Expense Management
  • Project Management
  • Job Leads
  • OfficeSpace (shared calendar and other productivity tools)

Give it a try and bring out your inner developer without writing a single line of code.  What do you have to lose – 5 bucks?

What do you think?  Have you used an app like this to generate code?  What do you see for the future of PaaS?  We look forward to your comments.
Kelly Malone Lead Product Marketing Manager AT&T About Kelly