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Closing the Mobile Development Skills Gap Can Save You Time & Money

Closing the mobile app skills gap can save thousands of dollarsA recent survey by Kinvey found that it costs on average $270,000 to develop a single mobile enterprise app. A major reason is the lack of mobile expertise in most enterprises, and the high cost of hiring mobile developers or outsourcing development. Enterprises seeking to mobilize their workforce often lack employees with expertise in mobile app development. Many turn to third-party developers to help build custom apps. Businesses seeking more control over development may choose to hire application developers instead, however app developers are in short supply and the search for one can take months. Both approaches can increase costs for mobile business apps, in terms of both time and money.

But it needn’t be that way, as you’ll see in this interview with Mark Flanagan. Flanagan is founder and CEO of Twin Peaks Research, which helps developers get the most out of their investment in Alpha Anywhere by providing them with high-quality, professional instruction delivered by an expert staff.

“I’ve seen data that says it can cost up to a million dollars and take 16 months to develop some enterprise apps,” he says. “That’s just too much time and money.”

Saving Time and Money on Your Mobile Enterprise App

Flanagan says that many enterprises have a solution right at hand, without realizing it. They can train their developers lacking mobile expertise to use Alpha Anywhere, a low-code solution to building mobile apps. And they can also train their business and domain experts to use Alpha Anywhere as well, further cutting into development time and costs.

“Even a business analysts with just a little HTML 5 experience can become a valuable mobile developer if trained to use Alpha Anywhere,” he says. “And someone with considerable programming expertise but little HTML 5 and JavaScript experience can also be productive quickly.”

He says that someone, when properly trained, “can on average develop a mobile application five times faster with Alpha Anywhere than with other methods — even ten times faster. Time to market can be considerably reduced as well. If it normally takes an enterprise six months and $250,000 to develop a mobile app, they can do it for between $50,000 and $75,000 and in 60 days.”

He points out that the costs savings are frequently even more dramatic than that. An app, once developed, is not a static thing. It needs updating and maintaining. Developers properly trained using Alpha Anywhere can do that work for much less time and money than by other methods.

There one other benefit as well that’s not quite so easily quantifiable. Because of Alpha Anywhere’s flexibility, developers can more easily create apps that meet a business’s requirements.

Twin Peaks offers introductory and advanced courses in its own classrooms, online or at enterprises’ own locations. Here’s where to go for more information.
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Dion McCormick
Dion McCormick

Dion McCormick, Lead Solutions Engineer at Alpha Software, is a recognized expert on agile application development. He helps enterprise development teams around the world transition from slow legacy approaches to high-performance mobile, web, and desktop development using the Alpha Anywhere platform.

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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.