Marc Chriqui, an executive with experience in product management and application development, was hired by a client to create a component to advance their legacy software product. When Marc delivered a solution built with Backendless, it became clear that the potential extended far beyond bolt-on solutions.
Marc Chriqui of Delevante Technologies quickly discovered that his client’s legacy product could be completely remastered with Backendless. After initially seeking a bolt-on solution, the project grew in scale thanks to Backendless’ capabilities.
Like many companies over the past few decades, Marc Chriqui’s clients had created a bit of a monster with their technology. Rather than focusing on a single, cohesive development strategy, each new iteration of the product had come with some new technology Frankensteined onto it. Year by year, the product grew in complexity, as did the need for increasingly specialized development skills to maintain and expand it.
“[The] company … found itself in a challenging situation with legacy code and some technology decisions weren’t a great fit for the requirements…”
– Marc Chriqui, Delevante Technologies
A common problem with software development is finding developers with the right mix of skills for the job at hand. The more languages and tools used to develop a product, the more difficult it becomes to find appropriate talent.
The project Marc entered was built on a complex, full-code PHP environment. It was reliant on technologies that, according to Marc, “didn’t offer ease of advancement with the product road map.” Needing to find the right niche talent to continue building out the product meant that it was “very, very difficult to keep the product moving forward.”
At first, Marc did what he was asked. Marc explored no-code and low-code options, seeking to find an elegant solution to supplement the existing legacy software. While Marc wanted no-code/low-code for speed of development, he still wanted the flexibility of using code if the need arose.
“[In addition to AppGyver], I also evaluated WaveMaker, Xano, Bildr, DraftBit, and Microsoft Power Apps before selecting Backendless. Overall Backendless won on: integrated front- and backend building, no-code ease of use/rapid development (for a professional developer), extensibility, cost, and hosting/scaling options.”