In 2021, low-code and no-code platforms are still continuing their rise. More and more app development platforms tailored to fit various users’ needs enter the market. There are website builders, web app builders, mobile app builders, backend development platforms, internal tool builders, and more.
We’re going to review the 2 popular internal tool builders – Retool and UI Bakery.
We’ll cover each platform separately, define how they differ from each other, and what similarities they have. Looking for a perfect internal tool builder for your business? Continue reading.
Retool is a low-code internal tool. It’s meant to help startups, SMBs and enterprises automate their internal processes. They mostly focus on such industries as retail, media, finances.
The components you can use to build your internal tool in Retool are:
In Retool, you can create an internal tool in 3 steps:
Retool offers you about 40 ready-made templates not to start from scratch. You can drag and drop any building block to your app, and connect it to almost anything with REST, GraphQL, gRPC API. Databases like MongoDB, MySQL, Athena, Google Sheets; APIs like Twilio, Stripe, Jira, Slack, and more.
To ensure stronger data security, you can download Retool and host it behind your own VPN.
Let’s review the pricing options implying you’re using the Retool’s domain to host your internal tool.
Connecting to data sources (except Salesforce), app editing, adding queries – all this is possible. In simple words, you can only create and test your internal tool.
You can switch from Editor to User mode. It allows you to look at your internal tool with the user’s eyes. Version history is available to enable you to restore the previous app versions if needed. Salesforce, Oracle, MS SQL Server integrations are also included.
Granular access controls are included in this option. Also, you can keep track of every time you read or write data from your data sources. If in-built components are not enough, you can add the custom ones on your own.
Using Docker, you can install Retool to your computer and use it behind your VPN. Identity management through Okta integration is possible. You can also control your internal tool versions using Git repository. Priority support is guaranteed, and moreover, you get the right to request a custom data source connector.
UI Bakery is a visual internal tool builder meant to save your development time. Built with a convention over configuration paradigm in mind, UI Bakery relieves you from the need to carry out default configuration.
UI Bakery have the following key features:
With UI Bakery, you have no need to:
Since UI Bakery is low-code (not no-code), you need to have basic web development understanding (how to make requests to servers, operate with variables, etc.). UI Bakery is more suitable for use by software developers, database architects, data engineers.
Components you can operate with in UI Bakery:
You can build your internal tool in UI Bakery in 4 steps:
Firstly, it's important to mention that UI Bakery offers free training and onboarding to anyone interested from the very start.
Now, let’s review all the pricing options.
It's a forever free plan allowing you to build a multipage application in the app development mode. You can connect as many data sources as you need, and use Actions to send queries to your database.
Here, you can develop your app and view it in the end-user mode. Different user roles are available. You can also add business logic and workflows.
This plan is suitable for small and midsized businesses. It allows you to develop your internal tool, connect your database to it, control the access to your app by configuring user permissions. You can also add custom components if the out-of-the-box functionality isn't enough. App branding (colors and styles) is available.
Have a specific case you need help with? This plan is for you. The UI Bakery team will show your around, train, and onboard to help you kick off faster. A dedicated support engineer will support you at every step of the app development process. You'll also be able to deploy your app to a custom domain if you need, integrate with SSO providers. Apps white-labelling is included in the plan.
Additionally, UI Bakery has a special offer for startups. It's aimed to help growing businesses focus on their core activities without distracting on building internal tools.
It’s all about similarities. What about the differences?
As we see, Retool and UI Bakery have a lot in common. Both Retool and UI Bakery can help you automate your internal processes. However, due to higher reliability and performance, UI Bakery might be a more comfortable option to choose.
If you’re still need some help to make a choice, don’t hesitate to schedule a call to see how it works.