As we approach the 4th birthday of TheAppBuilder (formerly Jampot Technologies) there are a few big changes on the horizon.
As many of you know TheAppBuilder made it possible for anyone to build web apps completely free of charge. We have been delighted to witness over 200,000 people build 350,000 web apps on TheAppBuilder.com, including many schools, universities, charitable organisations and small businesses. We are particularly pleased to have offered this service for 3 years, completely free of charge to the vast majority of our users, without any 3rd party advertisements. We would like to thank you for your interest in TheAppBuilder and for collectively building thousands of apps especially those who opted for a premium web app, helping to financially support the company.
Late in 2012 we developed an Enterprise Grade non-technical app building platform which publishes secure, encrypted native apps for Android and iOS. These enterprise apps have been powered by a significantly upgraded version of TheAppBuilder which has never been made available to the public. Two years after launching the enterprise platform, we are delighted to say that we now work in partnership with many global brands including Michelin, British Airways, Sodexo, O2 and Heathrow Airport.
During this time we have been supporting 2 separate versions of TheAppBuilder; the ‘Public’ web app version which remains at the 2012 specification, and the ‘Enterprise’ version which is a cutting edge, world class app management platform for larger enterprises.
Two years is a very long time in mobile app terms, and we have been thinking long and hard about what we should do with the ‘Public’ platform. Whilst emotionally we would love to continue to support the platform as is, three things were very clear.
Firstly, this platform is old and in need of a serious upgrade. Secondly, the number of users opting for a paid web app unfortunately do not make it economically viable to continue the service. Thirdly, if we are to deliver a high quality native app experience via the enterprise platform for small to medium organisations, it will need to be a paid service and not a free service. After much debate internally we have taken the difficult decision to close the ‘Public’ system with effect from 15 January 2015 and help as many of our users as possible to migrate to a premium offering on the Enterprise version.
If you are regular user of TheAppBuilder web app service for a school, church, charity, small business or any other small or medium sized organisation, I would invite you to complete the very short questionnaire to let us know how you use TheAppBuilder and also whether you would be interested in a much improved, enterprise grade service, which would be offered at a competitive price (with special discounts for schools and charities).
If you are from a medium to large organisation and have checked out the web app platform over the last few years, I would invite you to browse our new website to discover how larger businesses are transforming their digital communications with the new enterprise service from TheAppBuilder. You may find our recent video from Heathrow Airport insightful.
We would be delighted to give you a tour of TheAppBuilder for Enterprise. If interested in finding out more, without obligation, simply complete the short form and we’ll be delighted to help.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update, I would appreciate it if you could contact us as soon as possible before the end of December to enable us to make timely decisions. I look forward to your feedback!