P&A Group and Farber Consulting-Avis Rent-A-Car Eye Alpha Anywhere for Offline Applications

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P&A Group and Farber Consulting-Avis Rent-A-Car Eye Alpha Anywhere for Offline Applications

In my previous blog, I detailed how two companies plan to use Alpha Anywhere's 3.0 robust transactional offline capabilities, which make it easy to build offline-capable mobile apps without having to incur incremental time and cost. As we have described in previous blogs - according to Wired magazine, with other approaches, offline support can easily TRIPLE the time and cost needed to add offline support because of the added complexity introduced such as the need for conflict detection and resolution and the need for persistence. With the release of Alpha Anywhere 3.0, building offline access into mobile applications has never been easier. Here are two more companies, who have been working with the beta, with similar plans using Alpha Anywhere 3.0.

P&A Group and Offline Access

P&A Group offers high-quality assistance in the design, administration, and communication of a wide range of employee benefits plans, compensation plans, and retirement and investment services. It has a large stable of diverse clients, including Amtrak and the New York City Metro Transit Authority. It serves hundreds of thousands of people in benefits plans, and is responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars of transactions. Handling such varied needs for so many different customers requires a constant stream of development work and application building.  The company uses Alpha Anywhere because its low-code  approach lets it  build applications extremely quickly, including call center applications, with only a three-person IT staff, says Gregory Zilliox, Director of IT Services, P&A Group. Zilliox is impressed with Alpha Anywhere's offline capabilities, and plans to build mobile apps to make its call center managers more productive. "By using tablets, managers could walk around and interface with people rather than just sit in an office. With offline capabilities, even when a manager lost connectivity, s/he could still easily pull up records and then update them as soon as his connectivity resumes and any errors and conflicts would be handled intelligently by Alpha Anywehre 3.0. Also because of the persistence built into Alpha Anywhere 3.0, the manager will be able to restore the app and the data without having to go back to the server. It will be a big productivity booster."

Farber Consulting - Offline Apps with Avis

The Farber Consulting Group provides CRM and ERP software implementation services as part of its Enterprise Applications Solution (EAS) practice. The Farber Consulting Group, used Alpha Anywhere to build the Avis Car Rental Contract Manager, an application for 30 Avis car rental locations in New Jersey, managing the entire car rental process. The Avis locations now wants to leverage tablets and smartphones for its agents.  The Farber Consulting group will be using  Alpha Anywhere 3.0 to build a mobile version of the Avis Car Rental Contract Manager, helping boost agent productivity, and  saving on hardware costs. The Farber Consulting Group (www.dfarber.com) provides CRM and ERP software implementation services as part of its Enterprise Applications Solution (EAS) practice. The firm also offers custom software development (http://www.dfarber.com/microsoft-solutions/custom-software-development.aspx) and services including converting access databases to Web-based applications that can run on the desktop or as mobile applications. (http://www.dfarber.com/website-design-development/convert-access-to-web.aspx).  In addition provides, Remote DBA solutions for MS SQL. Go here for more details about Alpha Anywhere's offline support.  
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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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