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The Rise of Low-Code App Builders

growing popularity of low code app buildersEnterprises are now turning to low-code app builders to keep up with the internal demand for more mobile apps.

Mobile apps are helping companies increase efficiency, expand operations and increase revenue. As users increasingly turn to their iOS and Android devices during their workday, customers, partners and employees are demanding more and more mobile apps across a range of business processes.

Unfortunately, companies struggle to respond due to an overall shortage of mobile developers, and due to the high costs of outsourcing app development. As a result, many enterprises are now turning to low-code app builders to keep up with internal demand for more mobile apps. With low-code app builders, applications can be developed quickly without the need for highly trained software developers.

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

In a recent article from TechTarget, “No mobile application developers? Turn to low-code tools,” Jake O’Donnell explores the growing category of low-code app platforms, and highlights Alpha Anywhere, Xamarin, SAP, and Red Hat’s FeedHenry as leading low-code app platform vendors in this emerging category. O’Donnell discusses how the lack of available mobile app developers available for hire has led enterprises to rethink how they get these apps developed in a timely, affordable way.  He explains:

“For those lightweight B2E apps, organizations can turn to low-code or codeless app development platforms that many vendors now offer. These [low-code] platforms are meant for non-developers: IT staff with no coding background and, in some cases, line-of-business employees with no tech backgrounds at all.” 

The article features quotes from John Jackson, Program Vice President for Mobility Research at IDC,, who is very familiar with the space. Jackson comments that it is unreasonable for companies to outsource every app and spend up to $350,000 to build and maintain “the perfect app.” Low-code app platforms make more sense, according to Jackson, because they are a cost-effective way for companies to quickly build enterprise apps and keep the company innovation moving forward, particularly as the Internet of Things evolves and makes the development process more complex.

At Alpha Software, we agree with O’Donnell’s assessment. Through low-code app development, IT and business users don’t have to be coding experts to build great enterprise apps. In fact, since business users are tied closest to the business processes needing to go mobile, and can offer the most help in crafting business apps. Smart enterprises that bring IT and business users together through low-code app builders will find themselves efficiently and cost-effectively building enterprise apps.

Read John Jackson’s low-code app platforms and mobile application development predictions from IDC.

Read other recent coverage from TechTarget about Alpha Software and its work helping enterprises mobilize their business processes with the Alpha Anywhere low-code app platform.

Read a related blog on why low-code app development platforms are in your future.


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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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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.