Amazon’s new app builder aims to kill the spreadsheet

By: June 25, 2020
AWS Honeycoder app builder

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is launching an app builder called Honeycode, a managed service that allows customers to “quickly build powerful mobile and web applications – with no programming required”.

No programming required? Yes, you read that correctly. The app builder is limited to certain apps that manage things like process approvals, event scheduling, customer relationship management, user surveys, to-do lists, and content and inventory tracking. In other words, complex and detailed tasks that people traditionally manage using spreadsheets.

To build a Honeycode app you use a “simple visual application builder” to create web and mobile applications that are backed by an AWS-built database to perform tasks like tracking data over time and notifying users of changes.

Is this the death of the spreadsheet?
Most firms have a growing need to track data over time, manage workflows involving multiple people, and facilitate complex business processes. “Many teams try to use simple spreadsheets as a ‘Band-Aid’ to manage these tasks, but spreadsheets lack true database-like capabilities to sort and filter data, make collaboration with others hard to do, and are difficult to use on mobile devices,” says Amazon.

AWS says Honeycode can build “multi-user, scalable, and collaborative web and mobile applications” that allow them to “act on the data” that would otherwise be “locked away” in static spreadsheets.

Could this signal the end of the dreaded spreadsheet? Possibly. Hopefully.

“Customers have told us that the need for custom applications far outstrips the capacity of developers to create them,” said Larry Augustin, AWS. “Now with Honeycode, almost anyone can create powerful custom mobile and web applications without the need to write code.”

Honeycode is initially available in US West (Oregon) with more regions coming soon.

Visit honeycode.aws for more details.