Alpha Anywhere in the News

Alpha Software Announces Record Demand for Alpha Anywhere, the Most Productive Way to Build and Deploy Secure, Robust Offline-Capable Enterprise Mobile Apps

March 9, 2015

Alpha Software Corporation today announced increased demand for its award-winning rapid application development platform, Alpha Anywhere. In addition to customer wins in industries such as financial services, education, health care, telecommunications, manufacturing and government, the company received numerous industry accolades this quarter, and announced that the Alpha developer community reached significant milestones in terms of members and users.
Read more at CNBC

"The Offline Problem": How to Solve the Biggest Hurdle Facing the Mobile Workforce

February 10, 2015

Today’s disparate, global workforce relies on mobility to get the job done anywhere, and productivity depends on anytime access to critical business apps. Despite the opportunities that mobilizing the workforce offers, enterprises have deployed a surprisingly small number of apps due to the challenges inherent with mobile app development. Perhaps the greatest impediment to the creation of these mobile business apps is the Offline Challenge, or the ability for apps to function without an Internet connection.
Read more at IT Briefcase

The Right and Wrong Strategies When Taking Your App Offline

February 9, 2015

One of the hallmarks of good programming is anticipating everything that could possibly go wrong, and handling it in a graceful way. App Developer Magazine writer Martin Heller breaks down right and wrong strategies when building apps that will have intermittent connectivity and discusses how Alpha Anywhere presents a unique and innovative solution.
Read more at App Developer Magazine

Exclusive Interview with Richard Rabins, CEO of Alpha Software & Bryan Derbyshire, Director at Worldpay

January 21, 2015

Q) Related to Worldpay, from where did it all start about thinking with the association with Alpha Software? What was the point that triggered this?

A) Bryan: At Worldpay, we have a very strong legacy business in traditional payments and we are refining ourselves as we move forward in the market in 2015. We were looking forward to opportunities in ISV (the independent software vendor space). We were looking for the right partnerships with developers that have the platform power and ability to go after enterprise level clients and handle that kind of volume. So with that prospect, we found Alpha leveraging their process and their platform
Read more at Let's Talk Payments

Slideshow: Seven Must Have Features for Great Mobile Apps

January 19, 2015

The amount of effort being put into developing mobile apps is staggering. When designed correctly, mobile apps become competitive weapons that can give a business the upper hand in the battle for market share. But there's an obvious problem with the majority of apps: They're not very good.

Here are seven features that all truly great apps share in common.
Read more at IT Business Edge

Alpha Software Aligns with Apperian to Manage Mobile Apps

January 16, 2015

One of the things that is fundamentally different about mobile applications is that the development and management processes are generally much more closely aligned than with traditional desktop applications. Rather than building and managing applications in isolation, the need to constantly upgrade mobile applications forces a convergence of application development and management.

To that end, there has been a wave of integration between providers of mobile application development tools and mobile application management frameworks, one of the latest of which involves a partnership between Alpha Software and Apperian.
Read more at IT Business Edge

Tools To Build Payment-Enabled Mobile Apps

December 24, 2014

Alpha Software Corporation has integrated its Alpha Anywhere business application development environment with Worldpay, a global payment provider, in a move which it hopes will speed the creation of payment-enabled mobile business apps.
Read more at Dr. Dobb's

Q&A: Alpha Software CEO Talks Enterprise App Development

December 22, 2014

Alpha Software is the company behind Alpha Anywhere, a self-serve development platform that helps enterprises in-particular create cross-platform mobile apps. We thought it would be a good time to catch-up with Alpha Software and learn more about what’s making the enterprise app development market tick.
Read more at App Index

"Alpha Anywhere Aces Offline Mobile Apps" - InfoWorld Review Scores Alpha 8.8/10

December 16, 2014

One of the defining characteristics of mobile devices is that you can't count on them being online all the time, but you still need them and want to use them when they are offline. lpha Anywhere 3 does in fact address all of these issues for mobile Web and hybrid mobile apps. And it does this in the context of a RAD (rapid application development) tool that allows developers to build good apps quickly, with surprisingly good performance and native-like look and feel.
Read more at InfoWorld

Alpha Software and Worldpay Make It Easy to Build Payment-Enabled Mobile Apps

December 16, 2014

By combining Alpha Anywhere, a unique mobile and web app development environment featuring offline capability, with Worldpay's payment processing expertise, enterprises can now easily add premium payment processing services to mobile and web applications.
Read more at Broadway World

Mobilizing Work Through a Low-Code Platform: Four Factors for Developing Task-Oriented Apps

December 11, 2014

There’s a new generation of mobile enterprise apps on the horizon – task-oriented experiences that are integral parts of business ecosystems. Turn to a low-code platform to design and develop the task-oriented apps.
Read more at Wired Insights

Mobile Enterprise's December "Mobile Industry on the Move" Recap

December 4, 2014

Alpha Software Corporation integrated its Alpha Anywhere with Apperian, Inc. to enable fast and secure deployment of enterprise business apps. "IT and line of business leaders are creating critical apps, but getting them deployed and adopted in today's BYOD environment is a challenge. Alpha Software's integration with Apperian's platform provides a solution that streamlines the entire app lifecycle, from development, to app security, distribution and updates."
Read more at Mobile Enterprise

Apperian's MAM Platform Combines with Alpha Software to Solve "Mobile App Gap" for Enterprises

December 4, 2014

It's been a major problem enterprise firms have faced over the past couple of years: in a work environment where enterprise apps are the way forward, how can these behemoths push out the increasing number of apps needed, all at high quality, and manage them properly?

Alpha Software, alongside mobile app management (MAM) provider Apperian, aims to solve that with the integration of their software to enable fast and secure deployment of enterprise business applications.
Read more at Enterprise Apps Tech

Alpha Software Integrates with Apperian to Enable Fast and Secure Deployment of Enterprise Business Applications

December 2, 2014

Alpha Software Corporation today announced it has integrated its award winning Alpha Anywhere with Apperian, Inc., the leading platform for securing and managing enterprise mobile apps, to enable fast and secure deployment of enterprise business applications.
Read more at FierceMobileIT

Alpha Software and Apperian Solve the Enterprise “Mobile App Gap”

December 2, 2014

Seamless integration enables fast deployment of business apps by combining Alpha's low-code, offline-capable development environment with Apperian's leading mobile app management platform.
Read more at Yahoo! Finance

Boston PHP - An Evening with Dan Bricklin

November 20, 2014

When: November 20, 2014 | Where: Microsoft N.E.R.D. Center, Cambridge, MA

Dan Bricklin, Alpha Software CTO and co-creator of VisiCalc who is best known as the "Father of the Spreadsheet," Dan will share his story from the VisiCalc days, when software was at a nascent stage and work such as his went on to influence the software industry in general.

Dan will also talk about his foray into the mobile world, with the popular iOs app Note Taker HD and the most recently the HTML5 app AlphaRefReader. Expect a close look into how he is shaping the Enterprise Mobility space with his work as CTO of Alpha Software, the company behind Alpha Anywhere which is a complete environment for building brilliant HTML5 business applications.
Read more at VentureFizz

Alpha Anywhere Featured on AlwaysOn's "2014 OnMobile 50 Companies to Watch" List!

November 11, 2014

The AlwaysOn editorial team has identified 50 mobile companies to watch during the coming year. Alpha Anywhere featured!
Read more at AlwaysOn

Use Low-Code Platforms to Develop the Apps Customers Want

November 10, 2014

Low-code, rapid development platforms provide a way to incorporate user feedback into apps during development. This improves the turnaround time for consumer-facing applications while ensuring that projects don't turn into white elephants.
Read more at CIO

Alpha Anywhere Named Product of the Month at TechTarget! "Alpha Anywhere Brings Mobile Applications Offline"

October 29, 2014

See what distinguishes Alpha Anywhere, a platform that allows developers to quickly create prototypes of potential new applications.
Read more at TechTarget

Ten of the Best Cross-Platform Mobile Development Tools for Enterprises

October 16, 2014

Over the last year or so the market for enterprise-ready mobile cross platform development has begun to take-off. So who are the key players in the mobile enterprise cross-platform development market? We’ve rounded-up ten of the best platforms for enterprises looking to expand their app development efforts (in no particular order).
Read more at App Index

Alpha Software Features Built-In Offline Support for Mobile Apps

October 15, 2014

Alpha Software Corp. addressed "the offline mobile challenge" with a low-code mobile development solution that builds in offline support so users can effectively use data-driven apps even when there's no network connectivity.

Numerous other approaches are designed to handle data changes offline and then synchronize with back-end servers once connectivity is restored, but Alpha claimed its Alpha Anywhere 3.0 is the first development and deployment environment to include such built-in offline support for creating offline-capable transactional business apps "without added time or cost."
Read more at Enterprise Systems Journal

Alpha Software Launches SaaS App Development Framework

October 14, 2014

As part of an effort to make it simpler for developers to test the viability of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application, Alpha Software has made available a framework that provides all the standard pages and mechanisms associated with building such applications.

Rather than building everything from scratch, the SaaS Framework from Alpha Software provides functions such as user authentication, free trial status and client portal capabilities. Niket Anjaria, director of business development for Alpha Software, says the SaaS Framework is primarily intended to provide a multitenant platform for prototyping applications. But it could also be used to run applications in production.
Read more at ProgramableWeb

Alpha Software Launches Robust Offline Mobile Solution

October 1, 2014

The challenges of offline mobile support, in which devices connect in-and-out of transient networks without compromising data, are often the most complex (and expensive) solutions for developers to implement in mobile applications. Yet these solutions deliver very robust business value and unparalleled user experience, and have become the most important features in modern-day mobile applications.
Read more at AlwaysOn

Alpha Software Rolls-out Offline Support for Its Enterprise App Development Platform

September 30, 2014

Alpha Software has launched what it claims to be the world’s first enterprise app development environment with built-in offline support. As Alpha Software points out, nitty gritty stuff such as intelligent conflict resolution and data persistence is a frequent blind spot in enterprise apps and really needs to be ironed-out as the app dev platform sector matures. The 'low-code' Alpha Anywhere development platform now allows enterprises to create HTML5 apps that are designed to seamlessly switch between offline and online modes.
Read more at App Index

Solving the Offline Issue with Low-code Tools

September 30, 2014

Alpha Software announced today the release of their latest version of Alpha Anywhere 3.0 that now addresses the issue of creating apps that can handle situations when the user is not connected. We had the chance to speak with Richard Rabins, Alpha Software’s CEO about the issues of building offline support into applications, and he pointed out that there are numerous reasons why business application developers have struggled with this.
Read more at Tech Guru Daily

Apps Need to Work Offline

September 29, 2014

According to Forrester in The Offline Mobile Challenge, the new release of Alpha Anywhere "supports a very robust solution for HTML5 implementations" needing offline. 
Read more at IT Business Edge

Alpha Anywhere 3.0–First to Offer Offline Mobile Business Applications Without Added Time and Cost

September 29, 2014

Alpha Anywhere 3.0 is the industry's first mobile application development and deployment environment with robust offline support built-in - allowing offline-capable transactional business apps to be built, without adding any cost or time.
Read more at Mobile Commerce Insider

Alpha Software Reduces Mobile Application Costs

September 29, 2014

It’s hard to build mobile computing applications in the enterprise because there are not only so many data sources to integrate, the application itself needs to be able to work offline to minimize telecommunications costs. Rising to address those twin issues, Alpha Software today released Alpha Anywhere 3.0, an upgrade to its mobile application development platform that is aimed primarily at addressing the needs of developers working inside enterprise IT organizations. 
Read more at Mobile Enterprise

Alpha Anywhere 3.0 Featured In Network World "New Products of the Week"

September 29, 2014

Alpha Anywhere 3.0 is an application development and deployment environment with built-in offline support, allowing transactional business apps to operate effectively while disconnected from a network.
Read more at Network World

Alpha Anywhere 3.0–First to Offer Offline Mobile Business Applications Without Added Time and Cost

September 29, 2014

Alpha Software Corporation today announced the industry's first application development and deployment environment with built-in offline support, without added time or cost. 
Read more at SD Times

Alpha Anywhere Customer Profile: "From Writing Code to EMT: A CTO's Journey"

September 4, 2014

"Automated coding is our secret weapon." Alpha Anywhere customer Greg Zillox is profiled by on his long carreer in software development, starting out programming in COBOL and how low-code development has changed his business.

How Low-Code Development Seeks to Accelerate Software Delivery

August 12, 2014

The operative word in software development is “speed.” Enterprises and application development teams are looking to adopt any techniques that'll expedite software development and delivery. For customer-facing applications in particular, a growing trend to meet this demand is the rising popularity of “low-code” development platforms. Alpha Anywhere featured.
Read more at SD Times

IDG Connect Profiles Alpha Software Corporation CTO Dan Bricklin

July 24, 2014

IDG Connect reporter Michael Veitch published an extensive interview with CTO Dan Bricklin. The interview profiles Bricklin's contributions to the computer industry, from creating the "killer app" for the PC to developing one of the top 50 apps for the iPad, and includes his views on some of the latest trends in the market.
Read more at IDG Connect

Forrester: Move Faster on App Development

July 16, 2014

Developing great apps takes time, but in the age of the customer that time is measured in days and weeks — not months. Enter "low-code" app development, a process that Forrester says will "speed up development by allowing application development and delivery (AD&D) teams to eliminate barriers to customer participation in projects as well as [expediting] handoffs between phases of projects."
Read more at CMSWire

Alpha Software Selected as One of the AlwaysOn "Global 100 Companies to Watch"

June 16, 2014

Alpha Anywhere's pioneering "low code-high productivity" approach to cross-platform mobile business app development recognized for breaking the logjam that is holding businesses back from creating the mobile apps they need
See the list at AlwaysOn

AnDevCon Shows Many Paths to Android Success

June 13, 2014

Developers had plenty to choose from when considering cross-platform development frameworks and tools at the show. Alpha Software was on hand to show off its cross-platform development system. Alpha Software's tooling is based on HTML5, and [CTO Dan] Bricklin was similarly bullish on that technology. "From a corporate viewpoint, HTML5 seems to be the way to go."
Read more at SD Times

Major Companies Select Alpha Anywhere for Cross Platform Mobile and Web Application Development Based on Productivity, Usability, Completeness and Total Cost of Ownership

May 6, 2014

Companies choose Alpha Anywhere to significantly accelerate the development and deployment of HTML5 and Hybrid enterprise-level, applications with the IT and knowledge workers they already have.
Read more at Virtual Strategy Magazine

Dan Bricklin, 'Father of the Spreadsheet,' Now Tackles Mobile Challenges at Alpha Software

May 6, 2014

In an interview with BetaBoston, a technology and innovation news blog for the Boston Globe, Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin shares his thoughts and observations about the mobile space, gives advice to today's mobile users and developers, and discusses Alpha Anywhere and how we're at a "magic point" for businesses to take advantage of connected mobile devices. Read more at BetaBoston

Develop Hybrid-Business Apps With One Click

April 9, 2014

Building HTML5 apps enables developers to create business apps that can run on a wide range of mobile devices and the web, making it possible to create hybrid business apps with one click—by automating the process of building Adobe PhoneGap apps and integrating the Adobe PhoneGap Build service, which assembles PhoneGap apps in the cloud from HTML5 and standardized native code.
Read more at Mobile Enterprise

Alpha Software Launches Alpha Anywhere 2.0 for Building HTML5 and Hybrid Apps

April 9, 2014

Alpha Software has announced the release of Alpha Anywhere 2.0, a front-end to back-end, prototype-to-production environment for rapidly developing and deploying enterprise-level, cross-platform mobile and web business applications. Read more at App Developer Magazine

Alpha Anywhere 2.0 Builds Hybrid Business Apps with One Click

April 7, 2014

Starting today, developers can slash the time and cost needed to produce enterprise-level hybrid business applications that run on multiple mobile devices and the web. Read more at InfoTech Spotlight

Alpha Software's Latest Product Cuts the Time it Takes to Develop Business Apps By 90%

April 7, 2014

Business app software firm Alpha Software will release a new version of its development software next week, allowing businesses to cut the time they spend on developing mobile and Web applications by as much as 90 percent. Read more at Boston Business Journal

10 Simple Tools for Building Mobile Apps Fast

March 20, 2014

No-code and low-code mobile programming tools give business users and developers a fast track to mobile app success. A low-code, rapid, wizard-driven, end-to-end builder with a Windows-based IDE, Alpha Anywhere supports many databases and targets Web, mobile (iOS, Android, and Windows Phone), and desktop applications. Read more at InfoWorld

Unveiled: Hot New Training Tools that Help Mobile Developers Get Productive Fast

January 8, 2014

Alpha Software, the company that makes it easy to build responsive business applications that run anywhere, released a comprehensive portfolio of multimedia training resources for the company's Alpha Anywhere RAD (Rapid Application Development) platform. These resources help developers of all experience levels capitalize on Alpha Anywhere's ability to build sophisticated business and enterprise apps that look and work exceedingly well on any device, including smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops. Read more at SD Times

Cool HTML5 Implementations in Application Development and Gaming

January 6, 2014

Although the initial excitement about HTML5 has waned a bit in recent months, I'm seeing the maturation of the web coding language, as many organizations and developers are looking for ways to incorporate it into their frameworks and web design systems. HTML5's availability and use in modern browsers shows no signs of slowing down either. In addition, I've also observed more application development, responsive development, and mobile web designs are using the new HTML5 elements and attributes.

Here's a look at several of the latest HTML5 trends. I provide examples of how each HTML5 trend is being implemented for web, mobile designs, and online gaming and development platforms. Read more at Tech Republic

Alpha HTML5 Coding-Optional, It's Non-Optional

November 15, 2013

Alpha Software has updated its Alpha Anywhere "coding-optional" development environment for building HTML5 applications. There are also new web-based developer materials focused on advancing the concept of Responsive App Design. Read more at Dr. Dobb's

For Multiple Devices, Alpha Anywhere Adds Responsive App Design

November 12, 2013

With a world full of mobile device types and platforms, app developers may be forgiven their stress levels. To help bring those levels down a notch or two, this week Alpha Software is releasing the latest version of its Alpha Anywhere app development environment, which now has code-free wizards for building HTML5 mobile apps using responsive app design. Read more at CMSWire

Rapidly Build Responsive Mobile Apps

November 12, 2013

Alpha Software Corporation today announced the latest version of its Alpha Anywhere coding-optional development environment, which makes it much easier to build responsive HTML5 applications once, and deploy them on any device with a native-like experience. The company also unveiled a new website focused on advancing the concept of Responsive App Design and helping developers build business applications that are required to run on a wide variety of platforms. Read more at App Developer Magazine

The Triumph of JavaScript

September 23, 2013

Remember the days when some people, concerned about security, would disable JavaScript in their browsers? Today that seems like a ridiculous notion. JavaScript rules the Web. Read more at InfoWorld

Industry Watch: For Mobile App Development, Don't Forget the Back End

September 16, 2013

In the world of the World Wide Web, developers—or even “power users” who aren’t heavy-duty developers—can create amazing things using HTML, a pinch of Python or PHP, and a dash of CSS. In the mobile world, though, you have to know what you’re doing with JavaScript. Read more at SD Times

'JavaScript Beats Native Code for Mobile'

September 11, 2013

VisiCalc's legendary co-inventor Dan Bricklin argues that most developers should write mobile JavaScript apps rather than build apps in native code. Read more at InfoWorld

'Millions of Custom Apps Are Coming - and That's a Good Thing'

September 5, 2013

After decades of calling the shots at his own company, Dan Bricklin recently joined business software firm Alpha Software as Chief Technology Officer. In this edited Skype interview, TabTimes talked to him about what he’s up to and some of the many challenges he sees ahead for mobile developers and users. Read more at TabTimes

7 Tools for Building Killer Mobile Apps

August 1, 2013

If you're looking to build apps you're going to need the right tools and here we have some of the best. Alpha Anywhere uses HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS to create cross platform applications with automatic AJAX support and includes reporting, charting, scheduling, security controls, GPS, mapping, GIS, video and image support, and extensive database support. Read more at CITEworld

Mobile Developer Becomes Redundant

July 10, 2013

The phrase mobile application developer gets frequently bandied about because for a while not it’s required specific tools and expertise to build these types of applications. But as general purpose application development tools become more tightly integrated with HTML5, Javscript and cascading style sheets (CSS) a question about whether the average IT organization is going to need dedicated tools for building mobile application not only arises, the whole concept of being a mobile developer may eventually become as quaint as the phrase Web developer before it. Read more at ProgrammableWeb

Podcast: The Future and Past of Computing with Dan Bricklin

July 3, 2013

Scott Hanselman sits down with Computing Pioneer and VisiCalc developer Dan Bricklin. Dan also wrote the popular iPad application Note Taker HD and has recently joined Alpha Corporation as their CTO. Dan and Scott chat about Douglas Engelbart, the invention of the mouse, and the myriad of computing innovations that we've enjoyed since the 60s. Listen to The Hanselminutes Podcast

Fast Route To Mobile Programming On Alpha Anywhere

June 27, 2013

Alpha Software has announced Alpha Anywhere, its standards-based environment for rapid application development and deployment. Alpha Anywhere claims to be a fast way to gain proficiency and become productive in mobile and touch computing. Developers who have used Microsoft Access, Visual Basic, PowerBuilder, FoxPro, Delphi, and similar environments will feel at home with Alpha Anywhere. Read more at Dr Dobb's

Alpha Software Launches Standards-Based Mobile, PC App Dev Environment

June 24, 2013

Standards-based app development environments keep springing up. Burlington, Massachusetts-based Alpha Software announced its standards-based Alpha Anywhere environment, for the rapid development and deployment of business apps for PC and mobile devices and computers. Read more at CMSWire

Spreadsheet Pioneer Dan Bricklin Joins Alpha Software as CTO

June 19, 2013

Dan Bricklin, co-creator of VisiCalc and known as the "father of the electronic spreadsheet," has hired on as chief technology officer for Alpha Software, the Burlington, Mass.-based maker of business software development tools. Read more at All Things Digital

Alpha Software Taps Bricklin as CTO, Cullinane Joins as Investor

June 19, 2013

Alpha Software has launched a new application development environment for mobile devices and personal computers and brought on to two tech veterans to lead the company’s new charge. Read more at Boston Business Journal

Software Pioneer Joins Burlington Firm

June 19, 2013

Dan Bricklin, co-creator of the original spreadsheet program, VisiCalc, has joined Alpha Software Corp. of Burlington as chief technology officer. Another software industry pioneer, Cullinet Software Inc. founder John Cullinane, has also become an investor in Alpha, and will serve as an advisor to the company, which makes development tools for building business software applications. Read more at