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AppIndex Interviews CEO Richard Rabins on the Mobile App Gap, Apperian

Enterprise mobile business app development CEO interview
After Alpha Software's recent announcement with Apperian, AppIndex interviewed CEO Richard Rabins to understand the reason behind Alpha's work with Apperian, and hear what Alpha Software employees are witnessing as they help enterprise mobile business app development scale to produce more mobile apps for business.

Facing the Mobile App Gap

In 2014, IDC reported that the majority of organizations they surveyed have deployed three or fewer apps, Rabins discussed Gartner's recent estimate that organizations will need to ramp up to build between 1,750 and 3,500 apps over the next 3-5 years. This "Mobile App Gap," as Alpha Software refers to this disconnect, is forcing companies to rethink how they utilize staff and the way they build and deploy mobile apps. In the AppIndex interview, Rabins explained that this widening gap is leading companies to low-code solutions like Alpha Anywhere, which can dramatically increase throughput by leveraging existing developers to build complex mobile apps 8 to 10 times faster than with alternative methods.

Alpha Anywhere Integration with Apperian

When asked why the company chose to integration with Apperian, Rabins highlighted the challenge companies face with deploying and managing mobile apps. He then explained that the integration with Apperian adds a cloud-based solution for securing, distributing and managing mobile apps into the Alpha Anywhere environment, allowing organizations to more quickly and easily provide feature-rich, secure and branded business apps.

Mobile App Development in 2015

When asked about what's to come in the next year, Rabins predicted:
In 2015, companies are going to focus more and more on mobilizing their business processes, and they will need to build thousands of B2B apps to become truly mobile. In order to do so effectively, they need to find a way to scale – to drive down the cost of mobile apps, and to enable more people to build mobile apps quickly versus having to hire hard-to-find mobile developers. Companies will turn to low-code solutions, which are particularly cost-effective products that will allow them to scale to serve their users’ needs affordably. This in turn allows the company to use the application developers, web developers and business analysts they already have in-house to build mobile apps."
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Amy Groden-Morrison
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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.