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Alpha Cloud Improves Savings, Productivity, and Performance

The Car Park LogoThe Car Park is a national leader in providing comprehensive services for managing parking lots and spaces for municipalities, private landowners, universities and for special events, such as conferences, football games and music and ballet performances.

David Stroud, The Car Park Director of IT, has been using Alpha Software for more than 15 years to build applications to handle The Car Park’s management services. He moved to Alpha from Microsoft Access, because Access wasn’t powerful enough to meet his needs, and Access wouldn’t let him build web-based apps.

Last year, after Stroud heard about Alpha Cloud, he investigated it.

“As soon as I looked into it, I saw how it would solve many problems for us, and so we switched over,” he remembers. “We had three aging servers and by moving to Alpha Cloud I got rid of them and consolidated our licenses into one. That saved us money and time and made it easier to manage servers.”

"Overall, savings have been substantial."

Stroud also saw a performance boost in all of The Car Park’s applications. One of the most important applications, which stores all customer information and allows customers to manage their accounts online, saw a particularly powerful increase.

Car Park

Stroud can now easily create mobile apps to work with backend applications, all powered by Alpha Cloud. With it, he built a system to manage complex transportation problems for conventions. Shuttle drivers, who take convention goers between hotels and a convention center, input information into a mobile app about how many people they pick up from each location on every trip. That information is immediately sent to a backend database, which can then make real-time routing decisions about which hotels shuttle drivers should go to next.

Overall, he says, one of the biggest benefits of Alpha Cloud is “I don’t have to take care of the servers anymore. That frees up my time for value-added work that otherwise I might not have time for.” In addition, “all our applications are a lot faster now. Servers and applications don’t crash anymore, so we’ve increased productivity and improved customer satisfaction.”

Previously, he used a service which constantly pinged each of his servers, to make sure they were online and working. Because of the rock-solid stability of Alpha Cloud, he no longer needs to use that service.

Overall financial savings, he adds, have been substantial.

“For just one single application, we will be able to save a substantial amount of money as we roll it out in the coming weeks because we have been able to take all the work in-house — something Alpha Cloud has helped us do,” he says.

The need to hire outside consultants has been significantly decreased, because without having to manage servers, he is able to take on more complex work in-house.

Summing up his experience with Alpha Cloud, he says, “We’ve saved significant amounts of time and money, can build complex apps and applications that have top performance and don’t crash. I feel comfortable knowing that no matter what kind of problems I need to solve, Alpha Cloud is there to help me.”

Considering the move to Alpha Cloud for your Alpha Anywhere applications? 

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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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