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Build Better Mobile Apps: Advice from Pros

If you’re looking to build better mobile apps more easily, it’s a good idea to turn to the pros. So we’ve rounded up advice from them.  
Our New Buyer's Guide will help you select the right technology to help you build better mobile apps.
One interesting source was a recent blog by Erin Dale in SearchMobileComputing, titled “Mobile application development process comes with hurdles.” Citing speakers at the Red Hat Summit 2017 recently held in Boston, Dale talks about usability, design and ROI. Perhaps the most telling piece of advice comes from Steve O'Keefe, product line director at Red Hat, who said, "App development is being driven by mobile; modern application development is mobile." He continued, "There is no way you can be doing modern app development without considering the screen real estate for smartphones and tablets.” Dale summarized that all applications being currently written “means agile apps that translate seamlessly from desktops to smartphones and tablets." Focusing on the ROI of Mobile Apps Chad Holmes, senior mobile solutions architect, Red Hat, had a lot to say about how to measure the ROI of enterprise mobility. He noted that it can be tough for companies to gather all the costs related to mobile app development, but that despite that, it was something that needed to be done. And he added that things get easier once you finally bite the bullet and start gathering financial facts, and your accuracy in pinpointing them gets more accurate over time. As for the most important benefits that go into calculating mobile ROI, he says they’re improved productivity and a faster time to market. And he says that he’s found that enterprises would do well to launch five or six business apps that would truly help its workforce, instead of focusing all efforts on a single killer app. Big killer apps, he says, often are too expensive to build in-house, and rarely pay off. Joe Stanganelli, enterprise technology consultant, attorney and writer, had a relatively simple piece of advice: Push out app updates quickly, and adopt a continuous delivery model. While this is good advice, we also have additional advice we're offering our customers:
  • Make sure to consider a low-code, rapid mobile app development (RMAD) platform for building your mobile apps. That way, you’ll be able to easily design for multiple form factors and quickly iterate your apps. You'll also be able to use a wider range of developers to build those apps -- speeding time to market at your organization.
Read our new Buyer's Guide to Selecting a Rapid Mobile App Development Platform, which was developer to help companies understand key factors in building better business apps and then select the right technology for their needs. Alpha Anywhere is one of the most highly rated RMAD tools you can find. InfoWorld named it a top mobile app development leader. It has received the highest number of perfect scores on Gartner’s crowd-sourced review site. Get more information about Alpha Anywhere’s RMAD features. Read the full SearchMobileComputing article.
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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

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.

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.