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IDC Data Uncovers Development Road Blocks for Mobile Enterprise Apps

Custom business apps are in high demand. Businesses need mobile apps to stay competitive. Mobile applications done right have the potential to increase employee productivity as well as enhance business workflows or create new markets. Enterprises are trying to mobilize their workforce, but progress has been slow. What's holding up enterprise mobile development?

We know from talking to businesses and developers that the stumbling blocks relate to the complexity that is often involved in building enterprise and business apps and also the skills shortage that exists re mobile developers. Enterprise apps require features such as offline support and data security, complex features not normally found in consumer mobile apps. Apps may need to work on multiple platforms, doubling the overhead and development time to create your apps. Additionally, finding and hiring application developers to build these apps can delay the start of mobile development for months.

We also know from Gartner, that enterprise mobile apps need to deal with real world challenges such as:

    • Data Integration with various back-end data sources
    • Mobile security to ensure business data is transmitted securely
    • Offline capabilities, allowing your workers to be truly mobile
    • Support for native functionality, such as using the camera or device location, to capture data

The Development Challenges of Mobile Enterprise

It was with great interest that we came across this slide from the  recent IDC Directions conference held in Boston and Silicon Valley


What is revealing is that the IDC data is consistent with Gartner's view of the world and helps quantify that "security, data integration, and time/cost to develop" have been the biggest stumbling blocks till now. This should help explain why at Alpha Software we are passionate about 'slaying the dragons' that are holding companies back from meeting their mobilization objective!

For an overall summary of core capabilities in Alpha Anywhere that are designed to meet the key needs that business have re mobilization, check out this one page summary with short explanatory videos explained in plain English!
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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

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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.