FAQS

Platform

Do I have to develop and compile separately for iOS, Android, etc.?

The Coactive Platform is delivered within a browser on any computer or mobile device. There is no separate compiler to run; applications can be developed once and pushed to all platforms. Testing and debugging happen from one codebase. Coactive is built in HTML5 on Canvas which allows for consistent rendering across platforms.

Can I run Coactive on prem?

Yes, Coactive can be licensed to run on your premise on your hardware.

Can you build “native” mobile apps?

Yes. Coactive apps can be compiled to a native device and deployed in a mobile application store.

Do I just get a standard toolbox, or is the platform extensible?

In addition to a fully featured standard set of WYSIWYG tools that allow for drag and drop view and workflow building with actions, Coactive provides a JavaScript editor to create code and functions that can then be easily tied to those actions.

How fast can I build an app?

Although third-party studies have shown development speeds in Coactive of over ten times that of standard development, speed of development isn’t the only way to judge a platform. Many development projects don’t start with an exact, well-documented understanding of what is needed that would allow someone to successfully develop in isolation. Actually building the application tends to be the easy part. Being agile and working with stakeholders collaboratively to ensure that the application meets business needs, as well as working in a platform that allows changes, enhancements, and maintenance to happen in real-time is a significant aspect to consider. Fortunately, Coactive provides a platform that is both extremely fast, and collaborative.

How many users do you have?

The Coactive Platform has been used by thousands of users and Fortune 500 companies since 2010.

How many users does the system support?

Because the standard platform resides on Amazon Web Services (or Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud), any potential functional limitation of the number of users (design or end user) is addressed with the scaling of the aforementioned cloud providers. From small work and test groups to departments, and to extremely large enterprise organizations, Coactive is designed to perform at any scale.

How much is in the platform vs. need for custom development?

Coactive has all the functionality necessary to deploy cloud apps to computers and mobile devices. This includes tools for user management, access and security control, data design, form, report, and workflow building tools, styling and UI tools, development environment management, and API’s for integrating with other third-party applications and services. Additionally, the inclusion of custom functions and a JavaScript editor allow extensibility to create API’s and inject custom JavaScript where needed.

Is Coactive event driven?

Yes. Coactive was written to respond to a variety of events including user-driven, time-based and programmatic triggers.

What about reporting in Coactive?

In addition to workflow, Coactive provides robust reporting tools, including standard charting and graphing tools as well as Tableau integrations, and robust PDF manipulation and control features. Email reporting assists your workflows in effortlessly getting the reports distributed.

What are some use cases?

Please visit http://coactiveapps.com/solutions/

What do you mean when you say Coactive uses “Canvas”?

Using the HTML 5 Canvas element (instead of DOM), among other things, enables screens to be rendered the same across all platforms. More info can be found: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canvas_element

What is the difference between no code, low code, rapid application development, and Coactive?

Although there are no true textbook definitions in practice,  and in reality, there are overlaps between them, please consider the following guideline: “No code” is drag and drop WYSIWYG application building-no programming experience required. The users build apps only with the built-in tools provided. “Low code” either adds some programming ability to extend the basic toolbox originally provided or is a tool that simplifies the creation of code. Both No code and Low code are “rapid” (meaning faster than traditional coding in some ways)  development tools, but tools that leverage and address more of a fast prototyping, iterative, and agile approach that includes the reuse of components. The Coactive platform is a rapid application development platform that includes both no code and low code elements, and allows for interactive application development-you can make changes to the application without recompiling, or stopping and restarting. This unique feature allows for extremely fast development.

What kind of devices can you deploy Coactive to?

Any computer or mobile device with access to the internet through a browser.

What language is it written in?

The Coactive platform leverages the power of full-stack JavaScript.

Where does Coactive run?

Coactive runs on servers in the Cloud, most notably, AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud. Coactive can also be run on premise on your own hardware platforms.

Does the tool come with a dedicated database for storage?

Yes, the default configuraiton uses, MySQL, but other databases can be connected to.

Why is Coactive faster than traditional development tools?

Coactive was written by developers to enable them to rapidly respond to custom software needs. They modularized commonly developed parts of an application so they can rapidly be put together to create apps. Traditional software requires developers to spend time and effort on these mundane components, which can be a significant amount of code.

What industries is this best used for?

Please visit http://coactiveapps.com/solutions/

Can I take my code with me?

Although Coactive is a SaaS based platform, not a code generator, any code or data that you create in Coactive can be taken with you and exported. Also, perpetual use licenses are also available so you can “take your code with you”.

Is Coactive related to Datavoke?

With the release of the “Coactive” version 7 in October 2017, Datavoke Inc. adopted the Coactive name for both the company and product.

Development Cycles in Coactive

What do the development cycles look like with Coactive?

The Coactive Platform doesn’t prescribe nor proscribe any one development process or cycle, but rather it gives teams the flexibility to use what works best for them. We have found that agile, highly iterative and frequent development cycles can produce the best results, and have architected the platform to enable real-time collaboration with developers and stakeholders.

What does the QA/test environment look like?

Depending on your needs and subscription, each Coactive environment can be used for development, testing and production. Or alternatively, with multiple environments, you can dedicate each one to a specific purpose and promote changes from one environment to another using your Coactive environments’ packaging tools.

Can I elevate logic from Development to Test to Production?

Absolutely. Coactive provides Dev/Test/Prod environments, and a package delivery feature to move your revisions and logic from one environment to another.

How do you handle version control?

Form design changes made by each user with designer rights are local to each browser session and can be committed individually (per form) to the public environment for use by all users or reverted to the previous version. A log of all historical changes is also available.

License

What is the difference between the developer and user license?

Because Coactive was designed to be a tool that would encourage development participation from end users and business units when deemed appropriate, there is no functional licensing differentiation between developers and users-Customers decide who has what access privileges and can do sp dynamically if need be. Users are made developers by granting incremental and specific or all access to development tools.

How does the license work?

Licenses are based on named users and storage requiments, and are annual.

Legacy Applications

Can I use Coactive with my legacy applications and systems?

Yes, Coactive can be a great tool to connect multiple systems into “one click one view” workflows that can then be accessed globally through the cloud.

Can I use Coactive to upgrade my legacy systems to the cloud?

Yes, leveraging the rapid application development architecture of Coactive, legacy applications can readily be rebuilt using a modern, secure, and scalable platform.

Required Skills

Are some kinds of skills sets better than others at learning the platform? Do I have to have programming experience?

In general, no coding experience is necessary to build applications in Coactive. However, database, UI, UX, system architecture, application development, and programming experience are invaluable assets.

Is this for development teams or “citizen developers”

Both can successfully use Coactive, either independently, or collaboratively.

How easy is it to learn?

Application building basics are typically taught in two or three day classes to build proficiency.

Can I write my own JavaScript in Coactive?

Absolutely. Coactive provides the control to inject JavaScript wherever needed.

I like to code in C#, Python, etc., Can I use those in Coactive?

Since the Coactive platform is full-stack JavaScript, it can only be extended using JavaScript.  However, you can integrate Coactive with other systems using any language you want outside of the platform.

Cloud

Can I connect to other cloud applications?

Yes, absolutely-Coactive was designed to. Using API’s in Javascript, external applications can not only be connected, but they can be embedded right into the Coactive application.

Can we run on Azure? Google Cloud? Amazon Government cloud?

Absolutely. On premise options are available as well.

Is the cloud safe?

If there are applications and data where security and compliance disallow using the cloud, Coactive can be run in your on-premise facilities behind your firewall. 

How does Coactive scale?

The Coactive platform is built to scale both horizontally and vertically (depending on how spread out your user base is).  We utilize the latest load balancing, container service, and database replication technologies to accomplish this.

Connectivity

Can I connect with other databases?

Yes. You may use configure Coactive to use other data sources.

Can I use the app while offline?

Although Coactive default configurations are designed to be used with the cloud in a connected state, offline modes are also supported.

Is it possible to integrate Coactive into other applications?

Yes, absolutely-Coactive was designed to integrate. Using API’s in Javascript, external applications can not only be connected, but they can be embedded right into the Coactive application.

Can I use AI in Coactive?

Yes, by accessing the AI application through a Javascript API.

Does Coactive support SSO?

Yes, including Office365!

UI

Can I customize the UI? Can I use custom UI elements in it?

Yes, you can create your own “styles”. Although basic UI elements are provided as well as a CSS like style editor that gives you control over the UI elements, graphic images can be used as well. Supported image types include: PNG and JPEG.

Can I make my apps look like my brand?

Yes, the platform helps you create applications that can have the look and feel of your brand and your other applications.

Competition

How is Coactive different from the competition?

Only Coactive can do true interactive application development. Coactive supports both the technical teams (including pro programmers, interface designers, and application developers), but also supports the business teams and business process subject matter experts with an easy to learn drag and drop interface. With Coactive, you can not only deploy applications faster, but the collaborative environment also helps to release better products.

  • Most secure platform
  • Real-time interaction and collaboration
  • Application edit and continue-not a code generator
  • Cloud native
  • Robust versioning and revision control
  • One development platform: citizen & pro
  • Design once, deploy across all devices
  • Extensible
  • Perpetual license available

Collaboration and Organization

Does Coactive help with Shadow IT?

Research shows that 70% of business users who engage in Shadow IT would give it up if they had the applications that they need. Coactive provides a platform that business users with needs can collaborate with the application development resources in their organization. Coactive empowers the business and technical groups to work together and collaborate to solve problems.

Why does Coactive help my team be more collaborative?

Because Coactive empowers interactive development, you can actually develop the app together in real-time. Coactive enables individuals in your organization to participate according to their skill set, whether they are citizen developers, junior developers, or full stack developers.

Why do I want to collaborate with the stakeholders-they don’t know how to build and deploy applications?

Software development has always dealt with the paradox: Business users have a hard time describing in a scoping document exactly what they really want and need or what will actually be valuable to them; technical teams know how to build, but not always what or why. Being able to actually interact together while building prototypes, pilots, and during the requirements gathering process can help bridge that gap.

What is Shadow IT, and is it bad for my organization?

IT devices, software, and services outside the ownership or control of IT organizations. Other terms for it include, “Stealth IT” and “Client IT” when IT solutions, including SaaS products, are implemented in departments other than the IT department. It can be a source of innovation, but can also be a huge risk to the organization with respect to documentation, and security.

Security and Compliance

Is Coactive compliant with PCI, PII, HIPAA, and CFR 21 part 11

Coactive was born from regulated industries and has the tools and technical backing to be the bases of your compliant applications.  The platform is servicing customers who are HIPAA and 21 Part 11 compliant. Coactive is HIPAA, HITECH, and 21 CFR Part 11 Compliant

Mobile Application Development

Can the tool also generate a mobile web app?

Yes!

Can a mobile app work offline in Coactive?

Although Coactive default configurations are designed to be used with the cloud in a connected state, offline modes are also supported.

Does it use the popular open-source Apache Cordova framework, versus a proprietary native app container approach?

Yes, although the apps can be accessed through a browser on a tablet or phone,

Does the tool come with a dedicated database for storage?

Yes, the default configuraiton uses, MySQL, but other databases can be connected to.

Do I have to have any mobile development experience to build a mobile app in Coactive?

Not necessarily, but Coactive applications are responsive, and an understanding of how responsive apps work, and how to build effective mobile interfaces is a significant plus.