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Mobile Forms For Workers Who Work Standing Up - A Three Minute Video

As some of you know, at Alpha Software we are well into the beta of the latest addition to Alpha Anywhere - Mobile Optimized Forms for Rich Data Capture which completes the last piece in the diagram below.

Core aspects of the thought process behind this new offline mobile forms capability (which recognize that mobile forms are very different than desktop forms) include:

    • Re-thinking of data entry on a tablet or a phone and how data entry should be "tuned" and customized for each field type,
    • Designing how photos/video/sound (which can add so much to the richness and usefulness of the data being captured) can be captured efficiently and incorporated easily and effectively into mobile and tablet forms,
    • Recognizing how you might want to take advantage of various layers of electronic ink to draw with and to annotate images and video,
    • Keeping in mind that field workers using mobile devices may not have WIFI or a reliable or consistent 3G/4G connection,
    • Understanding that the data being used and captured in mobile forms may need to interact with back-end databases and applications.
Over the past eight weeks, we have been showing Alpha Anywhere's new mobile forms capability to existing and prospective customers/partners in areas/industries such as: oil and gas, construction, inspection, maintenance, repair, health care, pharmaceuticals, consulting, utilities, sales, market research, insurance and mining for their stand up workers -  and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive!
Dan Bricklin, Alpha's CTO recently came back from an event where he was a guest and which was hosted by a large global IT Services company where he
was able to demonstrate to C-level executives at some of the world's largest enterprises the innovations in Alpha Anywhere's mobile optimized
forms and how these innovations are likely to be "game changers" in terms of productivity for the workers who use them.
We asked Dan to put together a short video of what he demonstrated that was generating the high levels of excitement and enthusiasm at the event and now we wanted to share this video with you - click the link below to watch the video

We look forward to your comments, questions and feedback - please email us at

At Alpha Software,  we look forward to seeing this unique and exciting new optimized forms capability playing a key role in assisting you in making workers, who work standing up at your companies and at your clients' organizations, significantly more productive and their work product more valuable.


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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.