Forrester Research released a report on the need for offline mobile app support in which analysts report that apps that work offline is the most challenging and difficult app development feature.
Forrester describes 3 levels of offline app support in their report with "robust" offline app support being the highest and most valuable level for business apps. Forrester defines robust offline app functionality as:
"one that integrates fully with transactional back-end systems of record, with intelligent conflict resolution versus simplistic "last-write wins".
Forrester recognized Alpha Software's offline mobile application development in the report. Analysts say Alpha Anywhere "supports a very robust solution for HTML5 implementations." Alpha Anywhere offers built-in offline app development tools that allow developers to build offline mobile apps quickly and easily.
Offline mobile app development capabilities in Alpha Anywhere include:
Fine-grained control of write conflicts, beyond a simple "last-in" wins approach;
- ata synchronization and conflict resolution
Data persistence when the business app is closed or the battery dies, including data not saved to the server;
Built-in support for converting SQL data into hierarchical JSON data sets - e.g. customers, their orders, and the order details;
'Offline capable' applications with no additional development time.
Forrester suggests that companies adopting a business technology agenda that focuses on driving great customer experiences should read this report on the importance of offline apps.