Have you ever paid attention to vendors’ promo pages and how they promise you the moon? It’s been always interesting to observe how they manage to count your saved money and compose comparison charts the way competitors completely suck displaying such charateristics you can't come up with any idea why they exist at all if so.
I think these 2 examples I’ve stumbled upon recently illustrate this approach better than words can say.
Zoho Creator can count your saved time and money, see? They already know!
The full version can be checked here.
What especially amazes me in this table is 0 in "Data Modeling" row of Zoho Creator. Do system developers really believe there is no need to think how to organize data in the system? The truth is you have to think about it and this is an important moment that defines future functionality of the application.
My point is you’ll have to pay more attention to it in Zoho Creator (and in any other PaaS system), therefore spend more time on it than with Traditional Model. All these platforms have their own peculiarities and limitations and there is a huge probability you will go non standard way organizing the data to build needed reports or get an acceptable app performance and work efficiently within the app.
There is one more peculiarity this table of "saved time" doesn’t mention. Each PaaS (unlike Traditional Model that uses only well known proven methods and instruments) has its own unique approach you’ll have to learn. Take Zoho Creator Deluge Script, for example. Believe me it takes some time before you know how to deal with that.
I’d say even more. It seems to me that in general time spent on PaaS solution can even exceed time Traditional Model requires. The same situation with money. The thing is it’s not that obvious for the cycle is extended. It means you get the app that works really quickly and you have to invest your time until you see its good enough.
This is one more example how vendors compare their products with competitors. Let’s take a closer look at WorkXpress:
Full version of this you can find here.
Laugh all you want, but vendors really believe there is no system that can compete with WorkXpress. We can simply shut our eyes to this for parents always believe their children are the best in the world with no flaws at all. I can’t say exactly how far this "Anyone can use" axis goes and where the vendor places his own product, but I couldn’t jump start with it at once without reading a tutorial. And that wasn’t necessary while testing other products. Maybe this is just me or I am simply too dumb to handle these new 5GL system?
Who knows? I decided to check if things were different with my old friend, software developer for many years by the way. Just asked him to create a table with 2 columns to input two numbers where the 3 column displays the result of its division without any tutorial or help. And guess what.. It was quite a surprise he didn’t manage to handle it and just gave up. Is something wrong with us?
So, I want to say that marketing people seem to create these pages with no knowledge of product actual advantages and what really distinguishes it from the rest of competitors. But they know its limitations very well. The funny thing is somehow they manage to present it as product advantages. That’s why I’d strongly recommend you to check these pages so you know what can cause issues in the future.
And don’t forget there is no better way to get a complete picture than try and check yourself.