In today’s competitive business landscape, organizations are continually seeking innovative ways to enhance productivity and efficiency. SharePoint, Microsoft’s collaboration platform, has long been a trusted ally in this endeavor. However, customizing SharePoint to align with specific business needs has often been a complex and time-consuming process. Fortunately, QuickApps has emerged as a revolutionary solution helping organizations to simplify SharePoint customizations. In this blog, we will compare manual SharePoint customizations and customizations with QuickApps and explore how the latter can significantly boost your SharePoint experience and maximize your Return on Investment (ROI).
Manual SharePoint Customizations: A Time-Consuming Approach
Manual SharePoint customizations refer to the traditional approach of using custom code or third-party development tools to modify SharePoint’s native functionality, design, and user experience. While this approach provides a high degree of flexibility and allows developers to create any customization imaginable, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the complexity of the requirements. Moreover, many organizations experience delays in implementing crucial changes due to the protracted development process. Some drawbacks of the manual SharePoint customizations include:
- Time Consuming: Writing custom codes for SharePoint customizations can be time consuming, particularly for complex requirements. This often leads to longer development cycles and delays in implementing crucial changes.
- High Development Costs: Developing custom solutions often involves hiring skilled SharePoint developers, which can significantly increase the overall project cost.
- Maintenance and Upgrades: Manual customizations can become cumbersome to maintain, especially when SharePoint undergoes updates or upgrades. Each new update may require additional coding and testing to ensure compatibility.
- Technical Expertise Required: Developing custom solutions requires a strong understanding of SharePoint’s architecture, which may not be readily available within every organization. This creates barriers for business users, they must depend on developers to roll out concepts.
- Mismatched Expectations: When a SharePoint custom solution is built by the developers, there is a high probability of mismatched expectations. After months of coding effort, when the solution is finally ready, the business users find the custom solution does not meet their expectations and this leads to further reworks.
No-code SharePoint Customizations with QuickApps
AgreeYa’s QuickApps is an award-winning suite of solution that revolutionizes SharePoint customization with its ‘No-code’ approach. It comprises various SharePoint webapps that empower business users to quickly and easily develop and modify complex applications on a SharePoint environment, whether On-premises or Online. Here are some key features of QuickApps that make it a powerful tool:
- Rapid Customization: With QuickApps, users can customize SharePoint up to 80% faster than traditional manual methods. Its point-and-click configuration enables business users to create tailored applications without relying on developers.
- Pre-built Features: Offers a wide range of pre-built templates, which can be configured and used to meet specific customization requirements without getting into development.
- Data Export: Simplifies data exporting by allowing users to export list view data into formats like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PDF, or CSV. This enhances data sharing and reporting capabilities.
- Enhanced List Management: Enables users to establish parent-child relationships in a two-level hierarchical list view, apply complex filters, and sort data efficiently. Additionally, QuickApps supports unlimited grouping and point-and-click data roll-up across multiple lists.
- Pre-built Charts: Allows creation of visually compelling SharePoint charts and dashboards that include dynamic filtering, drill-down reporting, and a rich user experience. QuickApps’ charting solutions are ideal for various BI and dashboard scenarios.
- Build Dynamic Forms: Enables creation, viewing and editing of external data in a form and saves space with the use of tabs. QuickApps’ form web app helps connect data from SharePoint and external systems and extend SharePoint’s capabilities beyond what is natively possible.
- Intuitive Collaborative Application Markup Language (CAML) Filtering: Provides point-and-click CAML filtering editors for list items and folders, making data filtering and retrieval a breeze.
Benefits of QuickApps over Manual Customizations:
- Cost effective: By eliminating the need for extensive coding and developer involvement, QuickApps significantly reduces customization costs, making it an attractive option for businesses with limited budgets.
- Increased Productivity: QuickApps accelerates customization timelines, enabling businesses to implement changes quickly and efficiently. This translates to improved productivity and faster responses to changing business needs.
- User Empowerment: With its user-friendly interface, QuickApps empowers business users to take charge of customizations, reducing dependence on IT and promoting self-sufficiency.
- Easy Maintenance and Upgrades: Since QuickApps operates within SharePoint’s framework, it seamlessly adapts to SharePoint updates, ensuring smooth maintenance and upgrades.
Maximize SharePoint Return on Investment (ROI) With QuickApps
SharePoint customizations are instrumental in optimizing the value of SharePoint and driving business growth. While manual customizations offer unparalleled flexibility, QuickApps opens a new realm of possibilities by revolutionizing how customizations are executed. Adopt QuickApps to maximize SharePoint ROI and build applications or SharePoint process automation to improve your organization’s productivity. Partner with us today!