Alpha Software | Case Study: TransForm

 

TransForm Case Study

How a Facilities Manager Built a Complex Mobile App for Restocking Inventory in Minutes

 

Facilties Manager Modernizes Inventory Restocking with a Mobile App Built in Minutes

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"With Alpha Anywhere, we’ve built enterprise-strength mobile and web apps in far less time than if we had used any competing development system. The Alpha Anywhere-created system has helped increase our sales and position us for future growth."

- Daniel Santucci, Division Pricing Director, Goodman

Pharmaceutical Distributor

A leading pharmaceutical disributor in the midwest supplies pharmaceutical products , medical supplies and prescriptions to over 200 drug stores and pharmacies across multiple states.

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Speed to Market 

Sophisticated data capture app built in under 20 minutes

Data Integration

Data Integration

Easily connects to all required corporate systems of record

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Cross Platform

Runs on all size Android and iOS devices

Business Challenge

The company had a paper-based system for restocking perscription inventory, but wanted to go paperless to save money, improve customer service and make inventory management more accurate and real-time. With the prevalence of mobile devices, the company wanted to leverage smartphones that pharmacists and stock people already had to capture inventory levels and power the system from the field. Unfortunately, the distributor did not have an IT staff member with mobile experience and could not afford a time-consuming, expensive outsourced project.

The company called on facilities manager, Tom, to investigate what competitors were using, evaluate any tools to build mobile apps, and get the project done within three months, Tom did not have any mobile experience, and had taken HTML in college, but had not built a recent business application.

"I expected to spend a week evaluating Alpha TransForm and instead I spent 30 minutes and built the complete app for my company.  I just couldn't believe it."

Solution

Tom began evaluating mobile forms vendors, low-code tools and rapid mobile app develompent platforms. He read that Alpha Anywhere had won the Info World Technology of the Year and decided to evaluate the product, as 1 of four products he'd evaluate for 20 days. 

As part of his trial of Alpha Anywhere, Tom used the TransForm app builder. The results amazed him: "It took me less than 10 minutes. I just typed the fields into the TransForm app builder and immediately my app was built. I didn't need to code or know anything about mobile development.  All the hard work was done for me."

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Tom wanted to use GPS location to capture the address of the pharmacy, allow the mobile phone user to scan the prescription bar code, and enter the number of inventory items on the shelf.  "Just by knowing what fields I wanted, TransForm intelligently knew to enable GPS and camera use within the app," said Tom. 

The design templates in TransForm allowed Tom to watch two 10-minute tutorials and easily add the company logo and branding elements to customize his app. The app was completed, tested and deployed through Alpha Cloud within 1 week. "My free trial period wasn't even over yet and we were using the app in the field at 10 drug stores," said Tom.  

The TransForm data-capture app has improved delivery accuracy by 22%, saved 38% on fuel costs, 15% on staffing costs and improved customer service dramatically.

Results/Benefits

The company's new inventory management app was rolled out to its client drug stores and pharmacies via and email campaign. Pharmacists, pharmacy employees and stock clerks simply clicked on a link to download the app on their smartphone and they could immediately set up an account and begin using the app. 

Once inventory stocks were low, the back-end of the system triggered a dispatch request to deliver more supplies. Drivers and supplies were only dispatched when supplies were low.

In the 4 months since deploying the app, the company has improved delivery accuracy by 22%, saved 38% on fuel costs, saved 15% on staffing costs and improved customer service dramatically.

Tom says the company has future plans to rollout Alpha Anywhere and its TransForm app builder across the company: "TransForm makes building data capture apps as easy as PowerPoint or MSWord. This will allow employees across organization -- not just experienced developers -- to mobilize any part of our business." 

"TransForm makes building data capture apps as easy as PowerPoint or MSWord. This will allow employees across organization -- not just experienced developers -- to mobilize any part of our business."

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