StayShure is an expert Bubble agency and Backendless Partner that provides web and mobile app development services to clients. When the company needed more traditional database functionality and better data processing speed for a new project, they turned to Backendless.
StayShure, an expert Bubble agency and Backendless Partner, was frustrated by the inability of Bubble’s built-in backend to process complex data. Needing a powerful backend and database to bolster their clients’ apps, they turned to Backendless, marrying two leading no-code platforms in an innovative way.
According to Nathan Tymos, CTO at StayShure, typically the app development company has been able to combine comprehensive planning and clever workarounds to accomplish what their clients need using Bubble’s existing ecosystem.
“We’re one of the top agencies in the world with [Bubble] and a lot of our devs have come to us from other agencies saying, ‘you guys do stuff with Bubble that no one else even thinks is possible.’”
– Nathan Tymos, CTO @ StayShure
For one project, however, Bubble’s inability to process complex data simply presented too great a challenge to overcome with the platform alone.
For the SUMS project, a startup providing investor-founder relations in the venture capital world, Bubble’s database simply could not handle the quantity and complexity of data that the application would be presenting.
“Bubble’s our primary front end platform, and they do a decent job with backend. But when you’re dealing with more query-based data structures that are not just tied to a user but tied to a different data type, Bubble would start to choke when you were trying to run analytics or run any kind of complex queries on that.”
Additionally, Bubble’s limitation to US-based cloud hosting would be a long-term barrier, as the application itself would need to service Canadian users and comply with Canadian data privacy laws, which require data storage on Canadian soil.
At first, StayShure tried to connect Backendless and Bubble purely through APIs. While both platforms are very much designed to thrive on this form of interface, the Bubble backend “ground to a halt while trying to present the data being provided by Backendless.”
“[A]t first, it was like ‘Hey, these APIs work great.’ And then we’re like, ‘Ah, performance issue is on the back, on the Bubble side. Let’s reimagine this.’”