Caspio Software Review: Overview – Features – Pricing
Caspio is an online database low-code platform for creating business applications, custom forms, and reports with minimum to zero coding. It enables all users, even non-technical professionals, to create custom web applications at a relatively lower cost and duration compared to hiring in-house developers or outsourcing development services. It is a platform that provides all a team or company needs to improve their operations and workflow competitively and transform them into a high-performing and productive business.
Features, Benefits, Product Strengths
- Visual App Builder, Interactive Reports and Data Publishing – Caspio enables users without coding or development skills to create database applications in minutes. The visual application builder includes a step-by-step wizard that guides them through the creation of every part of the application with simple instructions. They can create forms, reports, user logins, and more with just point and click. Tools to create, deploy, and operate the application are all included. Technical support is available, and software upgrades are applied automatically to ensure that applications will perform the right way. Moreover, users can quickly convert spreadsheets and databases into interactive, real-time, web-based reports. Set the number of records to show per page, and let users sort search results, with the option to download. Other features include data drill down, maps, charts, calendar view, and more.
- Built-in Cloud Database, Online Forms – The online database platform includes a built-in Microsoft SQL Server. It supports rich data types, such as text, numbers, currency, date and time, and files. Smart data types, such as auto number, GUID, encrypted passwords, timestamp, and others are also available. It supports double-byte characters such as Chinese and Arabic. The relational database allows for the creation of various join types and views, import and export of data, and data access through REST and SOAP API. Users can create custom database driven forms of any complexity. Users can accept real-time payments through the web forms. It provides integration with PayPal and Stripe, so customers can pay with their credit card or PayPal account. Payment validation occurs at form submission. Several options after form submission are available, including reloading of a blank copy, displaying a confirmation message, or redirection to a custom page, among others. All necessary security and compliance safeguards are already in place. Another new feature is availability to display the search form above the results page.
- User Management, Application Modules, Advanced Deployment Options, Integration, and more – Caspio includes unlimited app users, has powerful user authentication features, with configurable roles-based permissions. It can contain self-serve management modules, and supports ID services, such as from Google, Twitter and Open ID, or corporate directory services such as SAML SSO. Additional security is also available with two factor authentication when logging in, if enabled. Application modules include features on revision history, copying, sharing, access logs, scheduled import and export, built-in file caching CDN, image resizer, and more. Implementing automation across applications is now possible with Tasks. Users can create tasks to send emails or perform data updates on a recurring schedule. The platform has built-in integration with many products and services, such as Dropbox,OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon S3, and more, with possible custom integration.
Caspio offers Basic plans and Business plans. Under the Basic plan, it has a Free plan to help users get started, and an Explore plan at $29 per month billed annually that includes 1 developer, 5 DataPages, 500MB data transfer, and 2GB of data storage. The higher Build plans and Grow plans include more data pages and storage, unmetered data transfer, and 3, and 5 developers, respectively.
Business plans are also available that includes unmetered records and premium infrastructure. The Silver plan at $1,500 paid annually includes 10 developers, 300 DataPages and 20GB of storage. The higher Gold and Platinum plans include higher limits and additional features.
Social Network Presence
Caspio is applicable to all business sizes. It is an ideal platform for the healthcare industry, government, education, consulting, media, and non-profit, or any other organization looking to build customize applications that can be deployed quickly without too much cost. Many customers are in the manufacturing, telecommunication, transportation, computer, and sales sectors.
Supports English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Chinese (Simplified/Traditional).
Some of their Clients
Clients include Honda, Intel, Comcast, Delta Airlines, Dell, DHL, and DuPont.
David Talbot stated that when they decided to use Caspio, their project took a mere fraction of the time and cost versus using traditional software development tools. Other factors that made them decide to use the platform was its pricing and scalability.
Paola Deininger explained that she has zero coding experience. The low-code development environment of Caspio makes it easy for her to build new applications that improve productivity and efficiency across their business. The platform also allowed her to put all the individual databases into one source of information where they can get different views easily.
Tim Thompson described building applications with Caspio as simple and straightforward. He noticed the drastic reduction in development time, while also giving him the power to simplify his life. As a small insurance company, he explained that he performs many different functions. But with the low-code platform, he was able to build quickly an app that delivers account updates in real time.
Caspio is a pioneer in the low-code platform market, and has consistently offered excellent products, support, and other services. For the second time, a Forrester report has named it Leader in its evaluation of Low-Code Platforms for Business Developers. It has earned the highest scores in various criteria, including Current offering, user interface development, forms development, database development and features, content tools, reporting tools, and many more. It continues to empower its customers to become more agile, customer-centric, and market responsive.
Caspio, Inc., is a privately held, self-funded company based in Santa Clara, California. It was founded in 2000 by Frank Zamani, its current President and CEO. In 2001, the first version of its user-friendly development interface that helps users build database applications was released. Since then, it has increased its customer base, capturing many of the largest American newspapers, government agencies, universities, non-profits and small businesses. In October 2017 and again in June 2019, Caspio was named a Leader in a report about Low Code Platforms for Business Developers, published by Forrester Research.