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Alpha Anywhere 2.0 cuts time it takes to develop business apps by 90%

    Story Link http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/techflash/2014/04/alpha-softwares-latest-product-cuts-the-time-it.html Boston Business Journal Apr 4, 2014, 3:45pm EDT  
 
Courtesy: Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin said the latest version of the company's business application development software can now be built cheaper and quicker.
 
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Business app software firm Alpha Software will release a new version of its development software next week, allowing businesses to cut the time they spend on developing mobile and Web applications by as much as 90 percent. The Burlington-based company's software is called Alpha Anywhere, and is used to develop business-related applications that can run on desktops and mobile phones.   Many businesses use the software for building mobile-specific applications because it's easy to use, Bricklin said. Applications that might have been prohibitive because of time and expense can now be built cheaper and quicker using the latest version of Alpha Anywhere, said company CTO Dan Bricklin.   "Alpha Anywhere makes it possible for developers who are not heavily trained in mobile development to build applications for businesses," he said. With the newest version of the software, developers can build applications five-to-10 times faster than using the traditional method of coding, Bricklin said. The time it takes to build an application varies drastically depending on the business, but Alpha Anywhere's new version could be used to develop business applications in days instead of weeks, or in weeks instead of months, he said. Businesses use the software to develop applications for business operations such as keeping track of inventory and placing orders for products. For example, a HIPAA-compliant health care application was built using Alpha Anywhere, and it's now in use at more than 20 hospitals, according to the company. Thousands of developers have built tens of thousands of business applications using Alpha's development products, according to the company. Customers using Alpha Software's technology include engineering company Golder Associates, which used Alpha Anywhere to build its internal Web and mobile apps, and trucking business eTruckBiz.
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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 www.tubifi.com.


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.

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