|Ease of use|
|Betty Blocks||Microsoft PowerApps|
|Fully automated and instant over all applications||Manually done by user|
|Complexity of application||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 received the highest scores possible in the business model/service vision, strategy, training, support, and product revenue growth rate criteria. “As a young company recognized within the report, we think it shows we are on the right path in our mission to democratize software development.” - Chris Obdam, Betty Blocks CEO.
Betty Blocks stands out from platforms like Microsoft PowerApps by being both easy enough that anyone can use it while boasting capabilities powerful enough to build secure, complex, enterprise-grade applications. Building applications is done with the visual drag-and-drop interface and pre-programmed building blocks. This way, you are guaranteed to build applications that work flawlessly, in a fast and fun way.
Microsoft PowerApps is mostly (and best) used for internal applications on top of O365 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 systems, can be very time consuming and may require coding. Complex Betty Blocks applications will still be no-code applications, which you notice in terms of development time.
With Microsoft PowerApps you need implementation of datasets in Excel, Sharepoint, or SQL databases and you need different tools for different purposes. 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 and a drag-and-drop interface of application logic, completely suitable for Citizen Developers.
No-code platforms like Betty Blocks close the gap between software needs 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 quickly without needing to code. Because of the platform’s ease of use, a professional developer is not needed on every project.
You can start within just a few clicks by signing up for the free version of the platform. 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 is great 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 complexity of the applications (Building Blocks used), not the number of users. And you never have to pay more, no matter how many end-users your application(s) support.
Let’s say you need an enterprise project approval or expense reporting application for your company, which will support 5,600 users. With Betty Blocks’ pricing model the application would cost €12,000 a year. 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.
Costs for licensing are based on the number of users. This means that the same expense reporting application would be over €2,000,000 with Microsoft PowerApps’ pricing model based on 5,600 users.
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.
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 applications 100% secure, it's absolutely mandatory to always keep them updated. Betty Blocks operates 100% from the cloud 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 don’t only school Citizen Developers to become as skilled as they’d like, we also school no-code developers to offer customized products to our customers and maintain, extend and develop the platform.
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 have our own development team ready to build your application or we help you find 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.