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Dan Bricklin: Development Future of Mobile Apps w/VMWare's Brian Katz

Alpha SoftwareAt the recent M-Enterprise Boston event, where 50 senior-level IT executives gathered with innovators in the mobile app industry to learn what is coming next and how to apply it to their business, Alpha Software CTO Dan Bricklin gave several interviews. This week, Brian Katz, Director, EUC Mobility Strategy, Office of the CTO at VMware, posted his interview with Bricklin. In the interview, Bricklin talks about what Alpha Software does, and the Alpha Anywhere rapid mobile application development and deployment environment enables people to do.  He explains that Alpha Anywhere allows people who don’t know to program to build mobile apps that they can deploy on a range of smartphones and tablets.  He talks about why low-code will radically change how companies can mobilize their business processes.  Brickiln also discusses his recent Alpha WatchBench app for prototyping apps on the Apple Watch. The conversations gets very interesting when Bricklin and Katz go on to debate how hard it is to develop a mobile app Brian Katz  Brian Katz talks with Dan Bricklin, the CTO of Alpha Software. Dan is the father of the spreadsheet, as he created Visicalc. They talk about what Alpha Software is and some of the things they enable people to do. They are about allowing people who don’t know how to program to build apps that they can deploy on devices. They talk about rapid application development as Alpha Anywhere is a low code building system. They talk about Dan’s Watch Bench app for prototyping apps on the Apple watch. Brian and Dan then debate about how hard it is to develop a mobile app. You can hear the full interview here: The Mobilecast #221 – Dan Bricklin and Alpha Software To read one of Dan Bricklin’s latest posts on the Alpha Software blog, click here.   To view how Dan Bricklin’s work is influencing Alpha Anywhere development, particularly advancements around mobile optimized forms, click here.
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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.

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