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Accelerate Enterprise Software Delivery with Low-Code App Development

The software industry continues to recognize the potential for low-code development to free the logjam of mobile apps within enterprises. This week, SD Times published an extensive article on the rise of these new platforms in an article entitled, “How low-code development seeks to accelerate software delivery.” Low-code development lets developers build mobile apps fast with little hand-coding and custom work, using simple-to-use visual tools. They also allow for custom coding when required.

low code app developmentLow-code development lets developers build mobile apps fast with little hand-coding and custom work, using simple-to-use visual tools. They also allow for custom coding when required.

By 2020, 70% of enterprise mobile apps will be developed without IT involvement. How? With low code development tools. Here’s why…

In this article about low-code development, reporter Rob Marvin discusses how application development teams are looking for techniques that will speed their software development and delivery, and specifically calls out Alpha Anywhere as an example of a low-code development platform to meet this need. Alpha Anywhere’s low-code development model enables developers to quickly build mobile apps with little to no coding required.

Marvin gives an excellent summary of Forrester’s June report by John Rymer and Clary Richardson entitled, “New Development Platforms Emerge For Customer-Facing Applications.” The report analyzes the emerging category of low-code development platforms for business application development and highlights Alpha Software as one of three vendors that is particularly strong for building database applications. He explains:

…According to research firm Forrester, which coined the term “low-code,” the driving factor behind the rise of low-code platforms is the pressing need for companies to deliver and adapt high volumes of new apps fast, combined with dwindling developer resources to hand-code the overabundance of new applications…

Alpha Anywhere is a particularly powerful low code app development platform, as highlighted in the related Forrester report “Vendor Landscape: The Fractured, Fertile Terrain Of Low-Code Application Platforms.” The report lauded Alpha Anywhere’s low-code development and deployment environment for its “strong” mobile forms technology.

Marvin goes on to explain exactly what Forrester means by “low-code” development:

…Beyond the obvious benefit of cutting down on coding to accelerate development, low-code platforms also provide a single point of control to configure, deliver and maintain apps. In these centralized environments, developers can merge design, development and deployment under the same platform, allowing not only for responsively designed Web and mobile applications, but also the freedom to experiment based on the customer or enterprise requirements…

Marvin then calls attention to Alpha Anywhere as a key player in this category and interviews Alpha’s Director of Customer Solutions, Dion McCormick. In his comments, McCormick gives an overview of Alpha’s philosophy, identifies 5 key benefits of low-code development (productivity, responsiveness, reliability and time and cost savings, and the ability to focus on high-value development) and emphasizes that “developers need the confidence that they can dive in and code at any time, the assurance they’ll never hit the wall.”

Low-code development improves business practices, create better experiences for end-users, and increase the productivity of partners and employees. Often developed by development team members or business analysts with little IT or programming support, these apps enhance worker productivity. With these apps, firms increase profits, cut costs, and drive business value by mobilizing the moments of engagement – the points of contact where work gets done.

Read the full SD Times article.

Read Forrester’s low-code development report and what it had to say about Alpha Anywhere and it’s low-code development capabilities.

Watch this video of Alpha Anywhere’s low-code development approach.


Think all low-code development solutions are equal?  Read this guest post by a real-world developer who went through the exercise of evaluating low-code development solutions, and which one he found to be the best.

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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.