About Alpha

Alpha Software Corporation

70 Blanchard Road, Burlington, MA 01803-5100

781.229.4500 (phone)

781.272.4876 (fax)

Our Mission

Headquartered in Burlington, MA, Alpha Software enables developers to rapidly create and deploy robust and secure business applications for mobile devices and personal computers. Thousands of developers have built tens of thousands of business applications using Alpha's development products.

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Our Story

For three decades, Alpha Software has provided the high-quality, dependable products needed to rapidly build scalable, data-driven business applications. Today, the company enables developers to quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively create and deploy robust and secure business applications required for the mobile + desktop web era.

Founded by Richard and Selwyn Rabins in 1982, Alpha Software has attracted an enthusiastic, loyal customer base that has built tens of thousands of mission-critical applications for businesses of all sizes. The company has sold more than one million licenses for its development products. The company took an interesting turn in the late 1990's when it was acquired by Toronto-based SoftQuad. After three years, the Rabins' brothers decided to buy back the company as they believed the tremendous value of its technology and products was not being maximized.

Fast forward to 2013, and the company has attracted some of the software industry's most notable figures to its management and advisor teams. Dan Bricklin, known as the “father of the electronic spreadsheet,” is Alpha Software's chief technology officer, while Joseph Alsop and John Cullinane, each a co-founder of highly successful software companies, are investors and advisors. Alsop is also a member of the board of directors.

Alpha Software has consistently generated a high level of customer satisfaction. In its most recent survey, 96.5 percent of customers said they would recommend Alpha products. In addition, customers reported a 10 times or more performance advantage developing applications with Alpha products versus competing solutions. Developers love Alpha Software products and have remained loyal for many years.

Alpha products have experienced success in the Microsoft Access development community, where developers seek better alternatives to web- and mobile-enable their Access databases. The company's development and deployment environments let developers use existing Microsoft Access databases to quickly and easily build web or mobile applications. In addition, developers using products such as Visual Basic and PowerBuilder have begun turning to Alpha Software.

The company's latest product, Alpha Anywhere, is the first complete environment for rapid development and deployment of robust business applications for mobile devices and personal computers, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, Ultrabooks, and touch-enabled computers. Developers with a wide range of skills can build business applications with Alpha Anywhere. Complete applications can be rapidly assembled using Alpha Anywhere's rich set of simple, intuitive, standards-based components that allow extensive customization. Developers also can build their own objects, methods, components and event handlers in standard programming languages on the client or server side of an application.

Alpha Anywhere is built on the company's robust, secure, standards-based Alpha Five environment, which has been praised by industry publications including Infoworld, Network World, and CIO. Robert Scoble of Scobleizer fame called Alpha Five “revolutionary,” and said it reminded him of “VB and how it changed the world.”

Alpha Software's products have met with critical acclaim. The first version of the company's database application development platform, Alpha Four, received numerous industry awards, including PC Magazine's “Editors' Choice Award" on four separate occasions. The company developed Alpha Works, an office program that combined a spreadsheet, word processor and database, which also won the PC Magazine “Editors' Choice Award,” and eventually was sold to Lotus Development Corp.

As co-chairman and CEO, Richard Rabins manages sales, marketing and strategy. During his 30 years with the company, Richard also found time to co-found and serve as president, and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council. Prior to merging with the Mass Technology Leadership Council, it was the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts, representing more than 500 software companies. Co-chairman and President Selwyn Rabins manages Alpha Software's development efforts and played a critical role in the success of Alpha Four and Alpha Five.

The combined experience of software industry pioneers Bricklin, Alsop and Cullinane gives Alpha Software a huge leg up in development, marketing and sales. As CTO, Bricklin works closely with Selwyn Rabins on the development process. As investors and advisors, Alsop and Cullinane have played key roles in sales, marketing and strategy.

The co-founder of Software Arts, Dan Bricklin, with Bob Frankston, developed VisiCalc, the spreadsheet program that helped launch the personal computing industry. His most recent product is Note Taker HD, a popular iPad note-taking app he wrote in Objective-C for iOS. Dan also developed in JavaScript the full-featured SocialCalc spreadsheet program for Socialtext and the One Laptop Per Child's XO computer. He also is known for the award-winning Dan Bricklin's Demo Program for the IBM PC. Bricklin is a Fellow of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer History Museum, and received the IEEE Computer Society Computer Entrepreneur Award for pioneering the development and commercialization of the spreadsheet. He is a founding trustee of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.

Alsop is a co-founder of Progress Software, a global supplier of application infrastructure software used to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications. Cullinane founded Cullinane Corporation (later Cullinet), which was the first software product company to successfully complete an IPO. Both Alsop and Cullinane led their respective companies to $1 billion plus valuations.

Alpha Software is the developer's choice for building business applications for mobile devices and personal computers. From its inception, the company has focused on meeting the needs of the developer community. Tens of thousands of developers rely on Alpha Software's products to create mission-critical applications.