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Developing Mobile Apps is Slow & Costly. But Does it Have to Be?

The State of Mobile Development

A new  (yet another) research report (this one from Research Now) has just come out re mobile enterprise apps.

Demand for mobile business apps continues to rise. The stakes are high for mobilizing enterprise with very real benefits to be had by custom mobile apps. Let's look at some of the gains mobile apps will bring in the key findings of this latest study which was aimed at Senior Mobile developers and IT managers in companies in the USA with over 500 employees.

    1. 97 percent of CIOs have high hopes for what mobile applications can do for their business.

    1. 76 percent of CIOs are looking to mobile to reduce costs.

    1. 64 percent of CIO's are looking for mobile to increase employee productivity.

The Cost of Mobile Apps

Everyone wants to go mobile to stay competitive and mobilize their workforce. However getting there is turning out to be "costly, slow, and frustrating."

The data to support this finding is as follows:

    •  56 percent of mobile leaders surveyed say it takes from 7 months to well over 1 year to build  an app.

    • 50 percent of  CIOs think  the process takes too long

App Development Road Blocks

The top three reasons CIOs cite for not achieving their mobile goals are:

    1. The costs are too high (the average app is costing $270K to build.)

    1. The time to build the apps is too long.

    1. The lack of the right tools and lack of people with the skills.

The net result of all of this is that large corporations have, according to Gartner " built less than 10 apps versus the 1,750 to 3,500 mobile apps that they need  to develop and manage  in the next five years"

Clearly there are major challenges and these are the challenges that we at alpha are dedicated to meeting with Alpha Anywhere with its unique strengths that allow for mobile enterprise apps to be built rapidly and cost effectively.
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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.