Case Studies

Service Agency Delivers Lightning-Fast Nocode Solutions for Their Clients in Just One Day!

Dec 18, 2023

About:

Connect I/O specializes in bringing your mobile app vision to life with unmatched expertise in MVP development. Specializing in both Android and iOS prototyping, alongside crafting bespoke websites and offering comprehensive IT support, they are a trusted partner in launching successful mobile applications. They are committed to transforming your vision into tangible, successful business assets. Connect I/O are not just developers; they're strategic partners in your journey of innovation, dedicated to ensuring your tech ideas become a cornerstone of your business success.

The Apps:

In this case study, we focus on two innovative applications developed by the Connect I/O team utilizing BuildShip's capabilities. The first application, 'I’m Grateful,' is designed to integrate gratitude practices into daily routines, promoting self-discovery and enhanced well-being. This application leverages scientific principles to elevate users' happiness levels, reduce stress, and contribute to overall mental health. 'I’m Grateful' is readily available for download on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

The second application we showcase is 'NutriScan.' This application is a groundbreaking tool in the realm of nutritional awareness, offering immediate insights into the nutritional content of foods, including carbohydrates, calories, and more, with a simple scanning feature. Catering to diverse dietary preferences, such as keto or vegan, 'NutriScan' empowers users to make well-informed food choices, encompassing everything from packaged goods to fresh produce. Like 'I’m Grateful,' 'NutriScan' is also accessible on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

  1. “I’m Grateful” App

The Problem

The team at Connect I/O explored a bunch of no-code tools to build their idea from the ground-up. Existing no-code tools lacked in terms of flexibility and did not give the amount of control required to build truly complex apps with ease.

Moreover, they sought a user-friendly tool to easily manage their Firestore data and handle the in-built cloud functions. Dealing with native cloud functions proved complex and cumbersome. They envisioned a solution that not only offered speed and efficiency but also delivered an engaging, interactive experience for their users.

The Solution

Connect I/O discovered BuildShip from the Flutterflow community. They had used Rowy in some of their previous projects and were already beta testers of the early BuildShip prototype.

From its inception, 'I'm Grateful' benefited immensely from integrating Buildship into its backend development. Unlike other previous apps, where they transitioned from Rowy, 'I'm Grateful' was built with Buildship's capabilities from the ground up. This foundational decision played a pivotal role in enhancing the app's functionality.

When users add new entries, particularly with images, BuildShip's workflow intelligently and swiftly processes this input, creating responses that enhances the user experience.

BuildShip acted as the management tool for all Firestore and cloud functions. Additionally, it also played a crucial role in calling APIs, integrating LLMs, and formatting the data.

Further, Buildship’s pre-made Replicate & Firebase nodes were used to make API requests and update Firebase all within one quick, clean workflow.

"From its inception, 'I'm Grateful' benefited immensely from integrating Buildship into its backend development. Unlike other previous apps, where they transitioned from Rowy, 'I'm Grateful' was built with Buildship's capabilities from the ground up. This foundational decision played a pivotal role in enhancing the app's functionality."

"From its inception, 'I'm Grateful' benefited immensely from integrating Buildship into its backend development. Unlike other previous apps, where they transitioned from Rowy, 'I'm Grateful' was built with Buildship's capabilities from the ground up. This foundational decision played a pivotal role in enhancing the app's functionality."


Let’s checkout what the workflow looks like when a user creates a new entry within the “I’m Grateful” App.

This degree of automation and responsiveness was not only about enhancing efficiency; it was also about cultivating a intuitive, interactive experience for their users. In terms of speed and agility, they were looking at a process that was at least 2X faster compared to their previous methods using Rowy or traditional cloud functions.

  1. “NutriScan” App

The Problem

With NutriScan, a significant level of interaction was necessary between the front-end and back-end services. When a user scans a barcode, several tasks must smoothly unfold. The back-end integrates with the Firebase database, retrieves product information, simultaneously calls various nutrition and allergen APIs, run these in parallel and then consolidates and returns the data to populate the app interface.

This kind of seamless, speedy, and reliable interaction on every single barcode scan was challenging to build in the backend. They sought a solution capable of managing asynchronous parallel processing, easy integration with diverse data sources, implementing caching for optimal performance, and establishing a robust infrastructure to handle high usage volumes. Aligning all these elements into a cohesive system required a fairly complex back-end architecture.

The Solution

This time, the Connect I/O team opted against exploring alternative backend tools or frameworks, drawing from their prior success with integrating BuildShip into previous projects.

Their past encounters with alternative tools revealed limitations in terms of specific data source options, lack of customization capabilities, or excessive infrastructure requirements for initial setup. In contrast, BuildShip offered unparalleled development velocity, allowing for rapid prototyping and iteration.

Additionally, BuildShip's architecture proved to be an ideal fit for NutriScan's requirements. It easily addressed the need for parallel processing, scalability, flexibility, and development speed right from the start.

"Buildship hasn't just accelerated our development process; it's enabled us to craft a more intuitive and engaging app, making gratitude sharing a delight for our users."

"Buildship hasn't just accelerated our development process; it's enabled us to craft a more intuitive and engaging app, making gratitude sharing a delight for our users."


Let’s have a look at NutriScan in action behind the scenes with BuildShip.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Connect I/O's journey with BuildShip has been nothing short of transformative, delivering lightning-fast no-code solutions that empower their clients within just one day. 

With a workflow at least 2X faster than previous methods, BuildShip became an indispensable tool, propelling efficiency to new heights. The decision to stick with BuildShip, based on past success, proved wise, eliminating the limitations found in alternative tools.

BuildShip has emerged as Connect I/O's go-to solution, providing the speed, control, and efficiency needed for crafting sophisticated no-code applications. As they delve into the intricate workflows of these apps, it becomes evident that BuildShip's impact extends far beyond mere development tools—it's a catalyst for innovation, enabling Connect I/O to turn tech ideas into thriving business successes with unprecedented ease.