Michael Hackney, CTO and VP of Products, ViziApps

Over the years, I’ve worked with (and developed) a number of rapid application development (RAD) and low-code tools targeting development for desktop, Web browser, embedded device, and mobile device applications. Although these tools simplified developing the “shell” of the application, their required integration with databases and other data sources was complex and time consuming.

Data Sources As I continue to dig into ViziApps® Studio to learn its ins-and-outs by developing increasingly complex mobile apps, I’ve come to appreciate how easy it is to create connections to a wide assortment of data sources — from traditional SQL databases (both cloud-based and on-premises) to cloud-based platforms including Quick Base® to Google spreadsheets to IoT data sources like ThingWorx®. Figure 1 shows the ViziApps Studio pull down menu for supported data sources; and within the SQL Database category, there are nine supported SQL databases, as shown in Figure 2.

An interview with Michael Hackney, ViziApps CTO and VP of Products
Michael Hackney sat down to share with us some of his insights into why he chose ViziApps and ViziApps chose him as our new CTO and VP of Products. Here is a summary of the interview. The full video is at the bottom of this article.

Why are you excited about becoming the new CTO and VP of Products of ViziApps?
Companies find it time consuming and expensive to invest in creating custom applications to solve their unique business problems. ViziApps’ technology solves real business problems. Michael tested it out by creating a simple app and found ViziApps does it faster and much more easily than other platforms.

What strengths and skills do you bring to the table?
Michael brings quite a diverse technology background to the table, including enterprise cloud-based software solutions, award-winning Apple-based products, and even IoT (Internet of Things) predictive analytics for railroads! With that, he brings diverse thinking to addressing the opportunities for ViziApps’ technology in the market place.

ViziApps is pleased to welcome Michael Hackney to our leadership team.  Michael has joined ViziApps as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice President of Products.
ViziApps is pleased to welcome Michael Hackney to our leadership team. Michael has joined ViziApps as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Vice President of Products. Michael, who most recently served as Vice President of Products at RailComm, Inc., will be responsible for leading the expansion of ViziApps’ platform strategy and development. Michael succeeds Michael Kuperstein, ViziApps’ Co-founder and CTO, who passed away earlier this year.

“As a strong partner for our leadership team, Michael brings a passion for the total customer experience,” said George Adams, Co-founder and CEO of ViziApps. “Together with his outstanding software development track record, Michael’s expertise will be paramount as we expand our vision for No Code Visual Rapid Mobile App Development for Citizen Developers to its full potential.”

Business use of mobile apps is exploding and with good reason. As a result, many mid-market and enterprise companies now need dozens to hundreds of business workflow mobile apps for their workers. These mobile apps can yield big benefits in cost reduction, increased productivity, and worker job satisfaction.

But many of these organizations can’t keep up with the demand for a high number of custom-coded mobile business apps. It’s simply too costly and takes too long to go the custom-coding development route.

And in many cases, it’s not necessary to use custom coding, because new Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) platforms empower citizen developers who have just modest technical skills to create robust mobile apps for a fraction of the time and cost of custom coding. Gartner Research predicts that by 2022, 70% of software interactions in enterprises will occur on mobile devices and that more than half of all business-to-employee (B2E) mobile apps will be created by enterprise citizen developers using code-less tools.

Forrester Research projects the market for such citizen developer mobile no code/low code platforms will grow to $15 billion by 2020.

This is a big deal.