Zoho’s low-code platform comes to Kenya

Zoho Corporation has unveiled the latest version of its low-code offering, Zoho Creator to Kenyans.

The new version addresses the need for an easy-to-use platform and is expected to enable Kenyans business users or citizen developers to create complex and powerful business applications, while empowering the IT teams to place sufficient guardrails and govern usage, ensuring security and compliance.

Kenyan businesses currently face soaring demand for new software, but existing low-code platforms are either for business users and lack the sophistication needed to develop scalable, enterprise-ready end-to-end tools or are for users with intricate understanding of the application development process.

“The bulk of low-code application development, from customization to automation, can be handled today by users with moderate technical knowledge. Where we see a gap, especially for the mid-market and enterprise, is between building and deployment,” said Veerakumar Natarajan, Country Manager, Kenya, Zoho Corp.

He added that currently, there isn’t a low-code solution in the Kenyan market that allows both business users and IT to truly build end to end business solutions.

With this update, Zoho’s Creator Platform combines application development, business intelligence & analytics, integrations, and process automation into one single platform while simultaneously enabling IT teams to effortlessly manage ongoing challenges of security, compliance, and governance.

“Now, organisations can leverage a unified solution for all of their low-code needs, extending the ability to innovate to every employee.”

The new version of Zoho Creator platform empowers business developers to easily build scalable low-code solutions which include apps, integrations, analytics, and process automation without costly and time-consuming training demanded by complex platforms. It enables 10 times faster deployment than any other solution on the market.

The latest version includes new and enhanced features such as business process blueprinting, AI-enabled smart import, enhanced serverless functions, conversational analytics, centralised governance and a multi-environment setup.

These features help users build a connected ecosystem of solutions while maximising IT teams’ control through a robust end-to-end application development lifecycle management.

Additionally, while other low code platforms help business users in app development, it still often happens in silos and creates the problem of shadow IT.

“The new Creator platform equips IT teams with greater control around governance, security and compliance so that users and IT teams can work together to create auto scalable, niche, complex and agile solutions so that organisations can focus on solving business problems and pursue new opportunities.”

Pricing starts at Ksh2000 per user, per month when billed annually. Zoho said it respects user privacy and does not have an ad-revenue model in any part of its business, including its free products.

More than 75 million users around the world, across hundreds of thousands of companies, rely on Zoho everyday to run their businesses, including Zoho itself. 

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