There are couple of other companies in this space, one of them - dabble.com I reviewed earlier in this blog, the other, Coghead.com has been working on its stuff for a while and the description of it sounds pretty promising. But I was suprised to find another solution yesterday from who else but Intuit, that seems to have been in existance since 2001! that I heard nothing about, did you? I'm talking about QuickBase.
In my mind, the following characteristics define this category of applications:
- data flexibility (data types, data relationships, views, reports)
- workflow (triggering things off of an event or a change)
- GUI experience (interactivity, widgets, etc)
- ease of building an application (both Quickbase and Dabble allow you to start an application from a spreadsheet, but Quickbase also has a respectable number of sample applications one can start with including CRM, project management, real estate app, etc)
P.S. While there are lots of different applications in the Web/Office2.0 space, I think situational software is the one with the most potential impact as it opens up application creation to non-programmers, thus expending the possibilities exponentially.