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New Requirements:Bar Has Been Raised for Developing Enterprise Apps

As we move into 2016, it is becoming clear that for competitive and productivity reasons, businesses and organizations are going to be embracing mobile more than ever. As businesses mobilize their workforce in the new year, the standards required for enterprise mobile apps have gone up.

Alpha Anywhere is an enterprise-level platform for rapidly developing mobile business applications. Alpha Anywhere makes it easy to develop sophisticated applications for mobile and desktop users, complete with full offline access and data security with minimal to no coding required. The following images describe the situation and how Alpha Anywhere can be your "secret" weapon for achieving your mobility goals.

Enterprise must embrace mobility now. 2.5 billion standing workers worldwide need truly mobile solutions in the field. According to Gartner, the demand for mobile apps will grow at a rate 5x faster than IT's capacity to deliver applications. Mobile business apps will grow to compose more than 50% of enterprise applications in 2016. Forrester agrees stating, 'For CIOs, it's go mobile or die.'

'True' Enterprise-level mobile applications must have full mobile functionality. A crated and polished 'app-store-quality' user experience is now expected in enterprise b to b apps (not just a responsive web experience.) This includes offline support with built-in conflict resolution, access to device photo libraries and built-in cameras, location and time awareness, recording and playing audio, capturing ink data (drawings/annotations), recording and viewing videos, and more. Mobile optimized forms with specialized data entry controls can make a huge difference between mobile and desktop forms. Visit the links below for more information about mobile optimized forms.

Mobile Optimized Forms vs Desktop Forms

In addition True Mobile for the enterprise need to take full advantage of mobile hardware
(scanners, file system, compass etc.)


'True' Enterprise Mobile Applications must meet enterprise criteria: back-end integration with SQL databases and enterprise apps; authentication and security support on the front and back end; standards-based and open architecture; workflow; and run on all mobile devices and desktops.
Alpha Anywhere is the only complete low code/RMAD platform that delivers True Enterprise-level Mobile Applications that support mobile and desktop environments. Alpha Anywhere's low code development environment can reduce both time and cost to deploy mobile enterprise apps by 80-90%. 'Alpha Software is ideally positioned to address this space [RMAD]...' - Gartner, February 2015.
Examples of truly mobile apps with enterprise-level support built with Alpha Anywhere have included: an enterprise expense reporting app, complete business infrastructure apps for mobile and desktop, drilling maintenance apps for the top 3 oil companies, an elevator inspection app, and a large fleet car inspection app that includes custom controls for data entry, checklists, image capture & ink annotations.

InfoWorld rates Alpha Anywhere 8.8/10, 'Alpha Anywhere aces offline apps.' TechTarget named Alpha Anywhere 'Product of the Month'.

Gartner recognizes Alpha Software as a leader in rapid mobile application development. Alpha Anywhere is the only sophisticated RMAD platform that delivers True Enterprise Mobile Apps.
Alpha Anywhere is a complete open architecture able to integrate with numerous front end and back end technologies, maximizing the user experience and offering a wealth of support for rich data capture, security, and offline capabilities on both mobile and desktop.

For more info on Alpha Anywhere please contact
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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.