|Ease of use|
|Betty Blocks||Microsoft PowerApps|
|Fully automated and instant over all applications||Manually done by user|
|Number of end-users||Number of end-users|
|Intuitive visual modeling with pre-configured blocks from the Block Store||Fairly easy but time-consuming|
|Personal contact with our team. We develop your application or help you find the right partner||Through partners, documentation, and community|
|Business applications, innovations, Citizen Development||For O365 users needing basic business applications with dataset already in place|
|None, privately owned||Part of Microsoft|
Betty Blocks stands out from platforms like Microsoft PowerApps by being both easy enough that anyone can use it regardless of coding skills, while boasting capabilities powerful enough to build secure, complex, enterprise-grade applications. Building applications are done with the visual drag-and-drop interface and pre-programmed building blocks. This way, you are guaranteed to create applications that work flawlessly, in a fast and fun way.
Betty Blocks is more versatile than PowerApps. You can create complex back-end- and complete front-end applications (think websites and e-commerce shops). We are also perfect for multi-user applications with user roles. Each user gets their own experience within one application, based on the same data. Within an e-commerce site, this could be a different experience for the customer, suppliers, and admin.
Betty Blocks applications can be fully hosted on your own domain. Another strong point for Betty Blocks is that your applications can be scaled to work across all devices. For example, you can build mobile applications that can easily be used on a tablet, or computer, helping increase productivity for business users.
Microsoft PowerApps is mostly (and best) used for internal applications on top of Office 365 and will be limited in terms of functionality in development needs. The development of complex Microsoft PowerApps applications with, for instance, integrations with large external existing systems, can be very time-consuming and may require coding.
Microsoft PowerApps is mostly suited to build data-entry and retrieval software. Microsoft PowerApps is only available for O365 users. With Microsoft PowerApps you need implementation of datasets in Excel, Sharepoint, or SQL databases and you need different tools for different purposes You also need different licenses for these services.
Unfortunately with powerapps if you want to make mobile apps this has to be chosen and defined at the beginning of the process. This inflexibility can be frustrating for users, we know because they tell us!
Read all about the differences between no-code and low-code right here.
Betty Blocks is one of the easiest to use no-code platforms. All developing with Betty Blocks is done through visual modeling with a drag-and-drop interface of application logic, completely suitable for citizen developers. Web app development has never been as easy with our platform. The reusability of building blocks makes the development of software much faster. IT professionals can build new blocks, which can be re-used by citizen developers.
No-code development platforms like Betty Blocks close the gap between the demand of software and available developers by creating a new kind of developer: the Citizen Developer. This class of developers are eager to innovate, bring about new ideas, and build applications quickly without needing to code. Because of the platform’s ease of use, a professional developer is not needed on every project. Making business applications has never been easier, integrating data sources using drag and drop makes our platform one of the most appealing to large organizations.
Styling the front-end in Microsoft PowerApps can be a time-consuming task because the design is not automatically applied to every page. Switching from tablet view to desktop view is not yet optimized, so you need two applications to run on tablet and desktop, which means a lot of extra work.
Microsoft PowerApps can be easy for experienced users and developers to build one application for one purpose. You are limited to the functionalities Microsoft PowerApps gives you.
Betty Blocks offers flexible and competitive pricing to suit a variety of business needs and to help you best leverage your company’s resources. We base our pricing on the number of users but ensure your applications are fully supported without incurring extra costs. That means no-code application ecosystems built with Betty Blocks provide you with all the tools you need without cutting into your budget.
Betty Blocks doesn't include a tiered system for the platform that limits access to features. Instead, every user has full access to the entire our entire offering from the start. Why? Because our BHAG: "By 2023, we can all build applications" means our pricing should cater to all types of businesses and developers. Read more about the pricing plan here.
Microsoft PowerApps is free of use within O365, but adding external users will significantly increase licensing costs. The reuse of applications or components is supported within Microsoft PowerApps, but there is no possibility to combine those components within 1 Building Block.
The price for your application can vary widely, depending on the complexity and number of users for both platforms. Run the numbers so you’re sure you’re making a calculated decision (if you can work out their pricing model).
Betty Blocks is the first no-code platform with ISO 27001 certification. With this certification, Betty Blocks objectively demonstrates to the world that we comply with the International Standard for Information Security (ISO 27001) and that we have taken all necessary precautions to protect sensitive information against unauthorized access and processing.
To keep your software 100% secure, it's absolutely mandatory to always keep them updated. Betty Blocks operates 100% from the cloud (we also offer on-premise servers for Enterprises that prefer) and has no deployment.
Whenever an update is available, all applications running on the platform are automatically updated instantly, ensuring maximum security of your data.
Just like Betty Blocks, Microsoft PowerApps is ISO 27001 certified. Microsoft PowerApps runs in the cloud but is also available as a desktop version. Deployment and platform updates are done manually. Users are responsible for keeping their applications up-to-date, which costs time and money, and when you are behind on updates, security is at risk and a data breach could be right around the corner. Syncing between the desktop version and cloud also needs to be looked after carefully to keep everything up-to-date.
Playful, down to earth, independent. That’s Betty Blocks in a nutshell. Originating from a small village in the Netherlands, the Betty Blocks family works passionately to make enterprise-grade application development fun and accessible for everyone. An audacious goal, but we’re getting it done before 2023, pinky promise.
While the competition focuses on scaling and selling fast, we focus on building our legacy and being of value to the community. Working with Betty Blocks means you are part of our family and you feel that in everything we do. We want to build the future together and have fun while doing it, true Betty Blocks style.
Microsoft PowerApps is a core part of the Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft is the third-largest party in the technology firms world. Microsoft has always been very closed to the community and it used to be ‘Windows first’. With the installment of Satya Nadella as CEO in 2014, it became ‘Windows and’. Under the leadership of Satya, Microsoft took its business into a new direction with open arms, taking a vulnerable position along with it.
They became open to the community and started embracing new possibilities from other companies. Nowadays the vision of Microsoft is to facilitate innovation by investing in new ideas, especially by catering more to the start-up and scale-up market.
A good example of this is the recent partnership between Microsoft Azure and Betty Blocks.
When you’re our customer, we want you to succeed. Our goal is improving your customer satisfaction and experience. What does that mean for you as a customer? It means that whatever product you use from Betty Blocks, you have an extensive support system that helps you whenever and wherever. We have several service managers to make sure your problem is solved quickly and efficiently. Personal contact is a core value in everything we do.
Betty Blocks doesn’t only offer the platform Betty Blocks on its own. In fact, one of our most important features is that we have our own Academy where we help all of users regardless of their skills in how to use Betty Blocks to their full advantage. We have step-by-step training videos, documentation, live workshops as well as live support to help you with any query you may have.
Whether you're evaluating business needs, looking for packaged industry solutions, or need help getting started with Microsoft PowerApps, their experienced consulting partners will guide you every step of the way. You can use guided learning, the community or documentation as your knowledge base on Microsoft Powerapps. For customized problem solving you’ll always need to find a partner of Microsoft Powerapps on your own.
There’s one key difference between Betty Blocks’ and Microsoft PowerApps their service. We help you reach your goal whether that's through our fantastic support team or through the right partner to take care of development. At Microsoft PowerApps you are on your own. They deliver the platform, you take care of the development.
Betty Blocks vs Powerapps
With Power Apps, you can’t share your business apps with external users, can’t build one unified mobile app and web app – because it’s just too complicated. That’s a lot of can'ts for a platform that claims to make life a lot easier for the business. And we haven’t even covered their licensing model. Betty Blocks empowers the business to do all those things and more, without requiring a doctorate degree in physics to understand the pricing model.
Drag-and-drop fully responsive and branded User Interface
Users create front-end based on visual components that look great on any device, right out of the box. Import your branded component set, to give every app the same professional look and feel. Page templates help ensure citizen developers get the best results possible increasing business productivity. Using drag and drop anyone can make software that looks like it's been created by top-level front end developers.
Visually build complex data models
We stripped away any technical difficulty without compensating on possibilities. Easily connect to an external data source with a building block, and use that data directly in your app. Data models are created organically while the developer builds the front-end in the front-end, and visually drags relationships between models. Aiding you in rapid development of applications.
Reusability and collaboration result in fast application development
All developer roles work from the same cloud-based IDE and can work in the same app at the same time. Experienced developers turn custom code into building blocks, which can be reused by everyone - with the right roles and permission - in the organization, ensuring maximum control and IT governance. This gives your enterprise applications powerful business logic by using external applications, packaged in an easy-to-use format. Integrate data from any application you have, to help you build advanced business software.