When an international car company needed help building mobile apps, it turned to Alpha Anywhere's RMAD (rapid mobile application development and deployment) platform --- and it got fast results: an Android and iOS app built in only three hours.
The company has locations that need to have cars moved from outlet to outlet, depending on the vehicle demand at any particular time. The goal is to match local demand to available vehicles, so employees and part-time staff drive cars between locations.
Because there are so many of the rental locations distributed in a wide area, it can be difficult for drivers to know the best route for driving from location to location. The rental company was looking for a mobile app to run on multiple platforms that would show drivers the best route to take.
Kenyon Sprankle, of SWK systems, built the app for both iOS and Android. He chose Alpha Anywhere because of its ability to build powerful, feature-rich apps on multiple platforms quickly and efficiently.
He explains, "The beauty of Alpha Anywhere is that you're not device-dependent when you're building a mobile app. You build it once and then deploy it to multiple platforms. That not only makes it easy to create the app for the first time, but for updates and maintenance as well."
He says that it took him between two and three hours to build the app, and adds "It probably took me longer to type in the names and addresses of the rental locations than it took to build the app itself. If I used another tool, I would have had to spend much more time creating the mobile apps." He says that it would take an app developer using traditional tools six weeks to build an app of similar complexity.
The apps are particularly helpful for new drivers who don't know the locations of the car rental locations. With it, when they're at one outlet and need to drive to another, they can quickly find its locations and get directions to it.
The app saves employee's time because they can drive to their locations far more quickly than previously. And it saves the car rental company money because its employees spend less time and mileage driving cars between locations.
"Alpha Anywhere was a big win for everyone on this project," he says. "Because of it, I was able to build the apps very quickly, the drivers spend less time on the road, and the car rental company sees improved productivity."
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