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Advisory Board Tackles Future of Enterprise Mobile Forms

Many mobile apps focus on data collection. Alpha Software is focusing on helping companies take their mobile forms beyond simple data capture to take full advantage of the power of smartphones..

Developers often design forms to emulate paper forms on tablets. However, forms built for the mobile environment can and should offer so much more. To discover where forms on touch-enabled devices could be, Alpha Software assembled a Tablet Advisory Board to discuss the future of mobile forms.

On June 2nd, Alpha Software held its first Tablet Advisory Board Meeting in Burlington, MA. The event brought together a cross section of Alpha customers from various industries charged with developing tablet-optimized forms that serve “standing workers” in modern enterprises.

During the 1-day event, each advisory board member presented their specific business use case(s) for touch optimized forms and discussed the pain points they've experienced to date when building these apps.  Two reporters who cover mobile app development for TechTarget attended the event hoping to learn more about what the next generation of web forms might look like in enterprises. After the event, each reporter gave their perspective on what they learned.

Alpha Mobile Forms Advisory Board

On June 3rd, James Denman of TechTarget Software Quality Insights pened the article, Familiar Landmarks on the Roadmap from Clipboards to Tablets In his article he quoted Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin:

“…If tablet applications are to be successful, ‘they can’t be worse in certain ways,’ Bricklin pointed out, ‘They can’t slow the user down. They have to have some advantages, like making it easier to scan in new information, add photographs, etc.’

The article went on to discuss how design, usability and landmarks can help insure that tablet optimized forms are widely adopted and used.

Fred Churchville of TechTarget SOA ran his story on Wednesday: Data Transfer Latency: Tackling Problems Related to "People Systems"  He explained that one of the major pain points discussed was the issue of moving data from user to user across systems in real time for faster business impact.  While some may refer to this as the “latency” problem, advisory member Britt Whitaker, an implementation consultant at Manufacturers ERP Services LLC, noted that it’s worthwhile to distinguish technology-based latency issues and “workflow-related” latency issues.

Many thanks to our Tablet Advisory Board members and all our customers who continually work with us to raise the bar for business application development.

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Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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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.