10 years ago, most web and application designs on the internet used to utterly depend on developers, who had to write every line of code and work extremely hard to make the said code work. Every application required a “start from scratch” approach that is typically called “Bespoke” making the development of a mobile app a significant task.

The labour intensity and time-consuming nature resulted in high costs and a long lead time to deployment. Only the most committed or profitable companies took on the task. This bespoke approach is still available and it does mean that you can have anything you want at a cost; offering the ultimate in flexibility though the more complex the requirements the more time is spent tweaking untried and untested code links to get the whole thing to work as required. It also means that each new iOS or android release requires more work making the ongoing costs sometimes untenable or unjustifiably high.

Enter No-Code Low-Code solutions

Today, anyone with a computer and access to the internet can apparently build a website or application using no-code & low-code tools. Tools that developers have built to do the heavy lifting so code doesn’t have to be written from scratch every time.

The demands for applications that allow customers to self serve and companies to streamline work flows has grown somewhat exponentially.

The graph illustrates the share of mobile internet hours in the USA as reported by eMarketer in April 2020 – it’s a clear picture of the growing dominance for Mobile Applications.

Mobile Internet Hours Spent Per Day

In the Google Play Store there are now 2.87 million apps available for download a number growing at the pace of 100,000 per month. The Apple App Store has 4.37 million apps and the use of Apps is increasing exponentially with every passing day. Whether it’s for personal use or business use, mobile apps are doing wonders in delivering exceptional services instantly without any hindrance. Traditionally, developing mobile apps was a big challenge with a lot of complexities surrounding it.

Today, the task of developing fully functional next-generation mobile apps has become simpler than ever through no-code and low-code tools.

And the demands for applications that allow customers to self serve and companies to streamline work flows has grown somewhat exponentially.

Google Searches for No Code Low Code
What does no-code / low-code mean though?

It is a movement in the world of programming that means the end user doesn’t have to write code. The developer of the no-code / low-code has written the code so the end user more simply engages with a Graphic User Interface (GUI), using templates, drag & drop functions, support interfaces and logical steps or sequences to bring their digital product to life.

This democratisation of software development, unlocks the potential that digitisation brings to anyone whether on a computer or a phone with access to the internet. In theory anyway.

But it is easy to understate the amount of technical literacy and time that is required for a user of these interfaces to actually develop what they hoped or were led to believe what would be a breeze. Mobile apps are bloody complex creations and no one should pretend otherwise.

No-code and low-code tools are not about eliminating code or engineers – someone has to write the code for these interfaces and maintain them but the non developer; or “citizen developer” does not need to write code but invest their time getting the modules and functionality to fit their needs as best they can.

Lets make some sense of what these terms actually mean for you the organisation considering a mobile application:

No-Code

This includes:

  • Tools with literally zero code, available via an interface for people who don’t know and never want to know how the software works. They just want it to work & look good. These tools cannot be made more complex – they offer what they offer and the inability to alter is baked into the design. This does not exist for any client of Padoq or for the Padoq Platform itself.
  • Tools & Software for people who are good systems thinkers giving the ability to configure the existing code to some defined extend. This is what the Padoq Platform is all about – a mass of functionality and tools; to offer self serve to a clients end users as well as enabling 1st class communication and engagement in an infinite number of ways; that we can configure to your needs and business objectives.
Low-code

Tools & Software for designers, product people, founders & engineers who want to find faster, better, easier, cheaper ways to build and scale without giving up the flexibilities that code brings. Companies that operate in this segment still require their clients to have some degree of technical expertise, but generally they do allow adopters to boost their productivity and save a ton of time on mundane tasks if they can deal with the technical requirements of using the platform.

Padoq’s Platform is not only no-code but low-code especially in terms of its no limits integration gateway but all of this is conducted by our experts wrapped into a bespoke consultative service that ensures you get the outcomes you desire while focussing your resources on continuing to run your business.

Padoq is Different

You get a “bespoke service” – you describe what you would like to achieve and you have no code to write or engage with. Padoq’s expert team translates your goals and desired user experiences to be achieved using their no-code platform which provides a vast selection of configurable options. Requirements outside the configurable parameters become either tweaks to existing code (low-code) to write from scratch or bespoke.

For Padoq’s clients it is no-code – no technical expertise required – allowing you to have us build what you want using our no-code / low code platform and integrate with absolutely anything (including what you thought was defunct tech) using our gateway. The fact that we have built a platform which requires essentially no-code or low-code work for our experts means:

  • the flexibility we offer is unparalleled in the no-code low code space and the possibilities as wide-ranging as a bespoke app development service
  • the cost is a fraction of that for bespoke app development with essentially no-code apps focussed on communication and engagement deliverable from £10,000 but typically not exceeding £35,000
  • the time to deployment is dramatically shortened – against bespoke there is no comparison and although self serve or supported no-code / low-code platforms may purport short times this does come with technical expertise caveats and limits in functionality

We do not sit in any existing space already defined in the market. Padoq is transforming the app development and deployment market. We believe that businesses want the best solutions. Bespoke for our clients does not require the cost and time disadvantages of a bespoke start form scratch app development service.

We do not pretend to compete with end user no-code / low-code platforms or graphic user interfaces. While the true costs can be similar to a Padoq Platform App the functionality and integration options are just too limited to compare them.

If you want an app we can only suggest you explore all the options:

  • Explore the Graphic Interface options and be aware of the limitations – these may serve your needs perfectly or satisfactorily
  • Understand the technical requirements and burden that will be placed on your team
  • Seek a quote from a Bespoke agency for the full breadth of your needs
  • Always ask for a quote that includes future-proofing your app both against iOS and Android updates and any costs from the developer.
  • Check who will own the data of your prospective digital ecosystem and how safe it is.

By all means give Padoq a call – we only seek to do so many apps each year and will give you an honest appraisal of whether we are the ideal partner or whether you will be better served with an alternative App development provider.

dynamic functionality for flexible engagement

We don’t just build beautiful apps, we offer solutions to operational and engagement problems. Whether you’re joining the mobile app revolution, want to unify your comms or need a new channel for community engagement, Padoq can help you achieve that.

Click on our infographic to learn more…

Increased User Engagement
  • Financial Savings Up Front & Ongoing
  • Facilitated Service Interactions
  • Rapid Return on Investment
  • Scalability at Own Pace
  • Centralised Content Creation & Publication
  • Flexible User Access
  • New Commercial Revenue Streams
  • Full
    Ownership of
    Audiences &
    Their Data

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Branded mobile app delivered in 3 weeks that enabled Pagoda Projects to trial personal workspaces for their students. Full rollout 1 month later that offered a secure, personalised share space for students, employees and sponsors to connect.

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the background

Pagoda Projects provide international work experience programmes focused on developing positive international relations through the exchange of cultures, customs and foreign languages.

They were looking for a platform that enabled them to provide their growing number of students with a personalised space to access relevant resources, support and information – in addition to a centralised area for employees and sponsors to more efficiently organise activities and communicate.

Traditional methods of communication were time consuming and disconnected, plus access to information for the students was difficult. They required a cost-effective scalable solution that met with the technological expectations of the global student population.

Their turnaround time was less than 1 month before the next intern intake.  They had nearly 100 new intakes which would need to scale to 5,000 over 7 destinations worldwide in addition to 15 different sponsors, from the government to universities in the future.

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the solution

Padoq provided an Ios and Android ready app, with personalisation and scalability at the heart of it. With security, data rights and maintenance for ongoing piece of mind.

The app has allowed Pagoda Projects to quickly create individual spaces, segmented resource areas, direct chat feature and shared community groups for students. This not only improves communication between Pagoda, sponsors and students, but also allows for better student support and an overall superior experience for all parties.

With a centralised resource for managing and organising their activities, Pagoda Projects have a cost-effective solution which can grow as their participant numbers grow, with reduced need for time spent on management administration and no increase in overheads. 

With operational efficiency at the forefront the platform has given them the capability to rollout to 000’s of students.

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the benefit

The Pagoda Projects app was delivered in pilot mode to full business mode in 2 months

  • Local trial to global rollout in weeks
  • 100% adoption and engagement
  • Average dwell time of 7 mins per day
  • Personalised space for every student
  • Reduction in management time per student

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the testimonial

We love working with Padoq. Our app has been transformational for our business and the process of bringing it to life has been seamless. The team are friendly and responsive, which has made the process of customizing the app to suit our needs feel very collaborative. We have big ambitions and we feel like we can trust Padoq to deliver a reliable and flexible technology solution as part of our future growth

Jamie Bettles, Managing Director, Pagoda Projects

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dynamic functionality for flexible engagement

We don’t just build beautiful apps, we offer solutions to operational and engagement problems. Whether you’re joining the mobile app revolution, want to unify your comms or need a new channel for community engagement, Padoq can help you achieve that.

Click on our infographic to learn more…

Increased User Engagement
  • Financial Savings Up Front & Ongoing
  • Facilitated Service Interactions
  • Rapid Return on Investment
  • Scalability at Own Pace
  • Centralised Content Creation & Publication
  • Flexible User Access
  • New Commercial Revenue Streams
  • Full
    Ownership of
    Audiences &
    Their Data

latest news

The Evolution of Mobile Application Development

10 years ago, most web and application designs on the internet used to utterly depend on developers, who had to write every line of code and work extremely hard to make the said code work. Every application…

read more

case study: pagoda projects

Branded mobile app delivered in 3 weeks that enabled Pagoda Projects to trial personal workspaces for their students. Full rollout 1 month later that offered a secure, personalised share space for students, employees and sponsors to connect….

read more

case study: vita student

Branded mobile app that replaced an expensive bespoke solution at a fraction of the cost. With the added benefit of reducing service effort, thereby releasing investment in year. * the background Vita Student delivers the UK’s best…

read more

Branded mobile app that replaced an expensive bespoke solution at a fraction of the cost. With the added benefit of reducing service effort, thereby releasing investment in year.

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the background

Vita Student delivers the UK’s best student accommodation  experience to University Students across the UK. It’s essential that  they offer this tech-savvy demographic the ability to interact via first class digital products.

They were looking for a premium platform to replace their costly bespoke mobile app that did not optimise or showcase their services and spaces.

They needed a solution that delivered excellent customer service digitally, more crucially could help them build strong communities  within their buildings.

The running costs of their existing solution was inhibiting their ability to grow and scale. Their premium offering was not being backed by a premium offering.

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the solution

Padoq provided an Ios and Android ready app, with community and bookings at the heart of it. With security, data rights and maintenance for ongoing piece of mind.

Central to the app are the communities, which come out  of the box but were then configured to meet Vita student’s  exact requirements. Now Vita can build and manage their  own social communities, to suit a range of needs.

Vita Student needed the ability to reduce call times, by enabling self service. By default reduce the effort required to manual serve 

The app is used from the second students move in, allowing  them to onboard themselves quickly and easily. Completing  snag lists, benefitting from Vita’s VIP discounts and getting  access to amenities in the building make it a highly functional and sticky solution.

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the benefit

The Vita Student app was delivered in under 3 months, providing a self service approach to bookings and engagement capability for each community.

  • Over 60% reduction in OPEX
  • 100’s of customer service man days saved per annum
  • Ability to redeploy staff
  • Increased attendance at Vita events
  • During the pandemic
  • Ability to invest in new features

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the testimonial

“We were really impressed with the eagerness from Padoq to really get the most out of the platform for Vita Student. The team have a can-do attitude, a passion for the product and an aspirational viewpoint to make the product do the most it can for us. Everyone really believes in what Padoq is and has a real passion for it.”

Jonathan Tizard, Technology Director, Vita Student

dynamic functionality for flexible engagement

We don’t just build beautiful apps, we offer solutions to operational and engagement problems. Whether you’re joining the mobile app revolution, want to unify your comms or need a new channel for community engagement, Padoq can help you achieve that.

Click on our infographic to learn more…

Increased User Engagement
  • Financial Savings Up Front & Ongoing
  • Facilitated Service Interactions
  • Rapid Return on Investment
  • Scalability at Own Pace
  • Centralised Content Creation & Publication
  • Flexible User Access
  • New Commercial Revenue Streams
  • Full
    Ownership of
    Audiences &
    Their Data

latest news

The Evolution of Mobile Application Development

10 years ago, most web and application designs on the internet used to utterly depend on developers, who had to write every line of code and work extremely hard to make the said code work. Every application…

read more

case study: pagoda projects

Branded mobile app delivered in 3 weeks that enabled Pagoda Projects to trial personal workspaces for their students. Full rollout 1 month later that offered a secure, personalised share space for students, employees and sponsors to connect….

read more

case study: vita student

Branded mobile app that replaced an expensive bespoke solution at a fraction of the cost. With the added benefit of reducing service effort, thereby releasing investment in year. * the background Vita Student delivers the UK’s best…

read more

A list compiled by recruitment firm Tempo revealing the top 20 Manchester startups to work for next year has been revealed.

Released today, the platform said the ‘super startups’ list was compiled based on company mission, employee reviews, careers pages, information for potential new hires and “general buzz”.

Read more here.

dynamic functionality for flexible engagement

We don’t just build beautiful apps, we offer solutions to operational and engagement problems. Whether you’re joining the mobile app revolution, want to unify your comms or need a new channel for community engagement, Padoq can help you achieve that.

Click on our infographic to learn more…

Increased User Engagement
  • Financial Savings Up Front & Ongoing
  • Facilitated Service Interactions
  • Rapid Return on Investment
  • Scalability at Own Pace
  • Centralised Content Creation & Publication
  • Flexible User Access
  • New Commercial Revenue Streams
  • Full
    Ownership of
    Audiences &
    Their Data

latest news

The Evolution of Mobile Application Development

10 years ago, most web and application designs on the internet used to utterly depend on developers, who had to write every line of code and work extremely hard to make the said code work. Every application…

read more

case study: pagoda projects

Branded mobile app delivered in 3 weeks that enabled Pagoda Projects to trial personal workspaces for their students. Full rollout 1 month later that offered a secure, personalised share space for students, employees and sponsors to connect….

read more

case study: vita student

Branded mobile app that replaced an expensive bespoke solution at a fraction of the cost. With the added benefit of reducing service effort, thereby releasing investment in year. * the background Vita Student delivers the UK’s best…

read more

Read more about how Padoq’s innovative app solution has gained notoriety in the property world.

dynamic functionality for flexible engagement

We don’t just build beautiful apps, we offer solutions to operational and engagement problems. Whether you’re joining the mobile app revolution, want to unify your comms or need a new channel for community engagement, Padoq can help you achieve that.

Click on our infographic to learn more…

Increased User Engagement
  • Financial Savings Up Front & Ongoing
  • Facilitated Service Interactions
  • Rapid Return on Investment
  • Scalability at Own Pace
  • Centralised Content Creation & Publication
  • Flexible User Access
  • New Commercial Revenue Streams
  • Full
    Ownership of
    Audiences &
    Their Data

latest news

The Evolution of Mobile Application Development

10 years ago, most web and application designs on the internet used to utterly depend on developers, who had to write every line of code and work extremely hard to make the said code work. Every application…

read more

case study: pagoda projects

Branded mobile app delivered in 3 weeks that enabled Pagoda Projects to trial personal workspaces for their students. Full rollout 1 month later that offered a secure, personalised share space for students, employees and sponsors to connect….

read more

case study: vita student

Branded mobile app that replaced an expensive bespoke solution at a fraction of the cost. With the added benefit of reducing service effort, thereby releasing investment in year. * the background Vita Student delivers the UK’s best…

read more

Mike Anderson, founder and CEO of Padoq and Andrew Saunderson, investment director at Grainger, join Paul Unger, editor of PlaceTech, to talk trends in the build-to-rent residential sector.

Grainger is the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, with 9,000 rental homes in its portfolio, and a £2bn pipeline which will see it double in size.

Padoq is an online platform that allows companies to launch engagement-focused mobile apps quickly and cost-effectively. With tenant management apps being one of its core solutions, Padoq currently provide apps for the likes of Vita Student and UrbanBubble. Residents use the apps to report issues, book rooms and join their local communities.

Listen to the podcast here.

dynamic functionality for flexible engagement

We don’t just build beautiful apps, we offer solutions to operational and engagement problems. Whether you’re joining the mobile app revolution, want to unify your comms or need a new channel for community engagement, Padoq can help you achieve that.

Click on our infographic to learn more…

Increased User Engagement
  • Financial Savings Up Front & Ongoing
  • Facilitated Service Interactions
  • Rapid Return on Investment
  • Scalability at Own Pace
  • Centralised Content Creation & Publication
  • Flexible User Access
  • New Commercial Revenue Streams
  • Full
    Ownership of
    Audiences &
    Their Data

latest news

The Evolution of Mobile Application Development

10 years ago, most web and application designs on the internet used to utterly depend on developers, who had to write every line of code and work extremely hard to make the said code work. Every application…

read more

case study: pagoda projects

Branded mobile app delivered in 3 weeks that enabled Pagoda Projects to trial personal workspaces for their students. Full rollout 1 month later that offered a secure, personalised share space for students, employees and sponsors to connect….

read more

case study: vita student

Branded mobile app that replaced an expensive bespoke solution at a fraction of the cost. With the added benefit of reducing service effort, thereby releasing investment in year. * the background Vita Student delivers the UK’s best…

read more