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Here's Some Alka Seltzer for Your Mobile App Development Pains

The demand for enterprise apps far outstrips the supply of developers capable of building them --- and things are only going to get worse.

Gartner warns that by the end of next year, the demand for mobile applications will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations will be able to create them.  And there’s no end in sight: Gartner also says that mobile phone sales will total 2.1 billion by 2019, which will even further fuel demand for enterprise mobile apps. That’s a massive headache any way you look at it, and one that has serious consequences for any company hoping to thrive in the mobile present and future. Some companies may try and take the easy way to solve it --- build applications that don’t really take advantage of mobile devices. But that’s like trying to get rid of a headache by closing your eyes and pretending it doesn’t exist. Try it once and you’ll find it won’t work.

Truly mobile apps aren’t merely stripped-down desktop applications. They need to be location- and time-aware, work offline, be optimized for data-entry, leverage rich media, and take advantage of a device’s hardware, including GPS, camera, and other onboard capabilities. If they’re not all that, your company won’t benefit from them. Our whitepaper: "7 Critical Capabilities for Successful Mobile App Development" describes the difference between true mobile apps and  web apps masquerading as mobile apps. The paper outlines:

  • where a web app fails in an enterprise situation
  • the 7 critical criteria for mobile business apps
  • the fundamental differences between a desktop application and a mobile app.

Download the "7 Critical Capabilities for Successful Mobile App Development" whitepaper.

Bringing Relief to the Pains of Mobile Application Development 

Just Alka Seltzer can help your cold season pains, there’s a simple solution for solving your app development woes as well — use Alpha Anywhere, a Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) platform that makes it easy to build mobile applications. It lets people who don’t have programming skills or know code write true mobile apps, including quickly designing prototypes and continually iterating them until they’re right. Its low-code approach makes it easy for anyone to build a true mobile app, but still lets developers add code whenever they want for all the power and customization they want. Because Alpha Anywhere is built from the ground up for mobile, it takes advantage of mobile devices’ unique capabilities. With it, you can build an app once, and then quickly deploy it to any platform, including iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

So next time you’re feeling the pain of not having enough resources to build mobile applications, try Alpha Anywhere.

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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.

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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.