Understanding the Use Cases and Benefits of Offline Applications

Offline Access with Alpha Anywhere

As you know from following Alpha and our recent Alpha Anywhere 3.0 announcement, we believe, based on strong customer feedback, that offline support is vital in a mobile development platform. Connectivity is no sure thing and mobile apps that lack offline access limit where they can be used. Providing the means to cache data offline gives apps built with Alpha Anywhere a major advantage. Enable your users to work offline and use your app anywhere.

In this blog post we want to share the use cases we are seeing from customers who have built and deployed offline capable mobile business apps or who are building mobile apps that require offline support.

Offline Apps: Real World Use Cases

Examples of these apps are:

    • Salesforce enablement with all the data (pricing, product specs, purchasing histories, payment histories, promotion info etc)
    • Elevator Inspections
    • Pipeline Monitoring and Inspections
    • Flight Logging on Military planes
    • Warehouse Inventory Management
    • Equipment Repairs in Mines
    • Field Service
    • Real Estate Sales
    • Animal Health Monitoring
    • Election Polling
    • Field Market Research
    • Hotel Check In and Check Out from remote parts of a property
    • Executive Information Dashboards

Core Benefits of Offline Mobile Support

In these situations at least one of the three core benefits (listed below) of offline operation are manifested.

A) Being able to keep working independent of the signal

B) Getting better performance because the mobile device is not having to wait for the remote server to respond

C) Elimination of the cost of having a cellular data plan

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About Author

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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