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Feature 18: ROI Calculator or how Backendless can save you money
January 24, 2015 by markpiller

Since today is a saturday let’s review a fun feature – ROI (return on investment) calculator. That many sound like a boring subject, but we sure tried to make it fun. Indeed, if you are a developer and are tasked to figure out how a product or a service can save money, it may be a daunting task. Certainly not with Backendless. First of all you can start with our service at no cost all – the Backendless free plan is very generous with unlimited API calls and no request per second throttling. On top of this, Backendless will tell you how much money you’re saving just by using it. Here’s how you can find out:

  1. Make sure to follow the instructions from the post which shows how to create tables, columns and relations by importing CSV files. This is needed so your backend contains some table definitions and is not entirely “empty”.
  2. Once in console, click the Code Generation icon.
  3. Select the client environment of your choice – available options are Android, iOS, JavaScript and ActionScript.
  4. Click any (or all) check boxes on the screen – each check box represents a feature.
  5. Click the Calculate ROI button. Backendless calculates how much money you saved by using the generated code and shows you an estimate:


The Saved Development Cost popup gives you several options to customize the estimate. The Code applicability % slider lets you choose how much of the generates code you think you can use. The Labor cost/month drop-down has several options for how much you or your developer earns per month. Finally the Developer efficiency drop-down has a few options for how many lines of code your or your developer writes per month. With all of these parameters combined, the estimate takes into the consideration how many lines of code has been generated by Backendless (see the Lines of code line) and creates a dollar estimate. In the screenshot above, my savings are $11,900. Not bad for a few clicks ))


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