HTML5 Offers Many Benefits for Building Mobile Business Apps - But There Is a Lot More To It Than Meets The Eye

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HTML5 Offers Many Benefits for Building Mobile Business Apps - But There Is a Lot More To It Than Meets The Eye


The reports keep streaming in.
Mobile device sales and deployment for business applications are soaring. However, the gap between the demand for custom mobile business applications and the ability of businesses to meet this demand remains significant.

One solution that companies are turning to in order to alleviate this problem is the HTML5 or Hybrid (HTML5 wrapped by tools like PhoneGap) approach to building mobile business apps. This approach offers the promise of build once and deploy on multiple devices, and it is gaining massive momentum. See the above graphic from Gartner.

There is however a critical missing piece to the story. Building business apps for mobile devices in HTML5 is no walk in the park.

There still is a ton of work, skill and time involved if you choose to do it by hand. You have to be an expert in HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, binding to SQL databases, server-side programming, security, and a whole lot more. Plus,  you have to find tools that add in reports, dashboards, maps, video/images, etc.

HTML5 is destined to prevail but there has to be a better a way to take advantage of this approach. That's why we built Alpha Anywhere. Dan Bricklin, Alpha Software's CTO explains this in more detail in his article  "How HTML Wins." He also provides a clear and comprehensive explanation of what is needed when building mobile business apps — and how Alpha Anywhere accomplishes it all — in his Alpha Anywhere technical overview video below:




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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.

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