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RAD is the Key to Productivity.Will Your Solution Run Out of Steam?

The world of mobile development is much more complex than desktop development, and therefore approaches that leverage your existing manpower are more important than ever.(Be sure to check out the videos below.)

As a result, interest in RAD or RMAD (Rapid Mobile Application Development) is escalating because companies and developers understand the value and importance of RAD more than ever. In fact Gartner is predicting that RMAD could account for more than 50% of all mobile development in the coming years.

The best mobile apps don’t simply take desktop apps and allow them to run on a mobile device (a web app). Instead, they offer great user experiences and high performance on mobile devices that:

    • Have a wide range of smaller screen sizes
    • Employ variety of different operating systems
    • Do not have physical keyboards, but employ a virtual keyboard that must share real estate with the screen)
    • Have less processing horsepower than desktop PCs
    • Have new capabilities including photos, ink, sound, video and geo-location
    • Have scanners, detectors and their own file system
While coding these types of features are vitally important to a successful, widely adopted mobile app, they  take significant time. This is where RMAD becomes more important than ever in today’s world of mobile apps. RMAD does a lot of the heavy coding work for you.

RAD: A Note of Caution

However, with the existing Rapid Application Development (RAD) tools and platforms on the market, it’s important to select a tool that not only promises more productivity, but won’t run out of steam, when things like security, data integration, rich user experiences, specialized customization or rich data capture are needed.

RMADS that get you 95% towards your destination are a problem. You need a 100% solution. A 950 foot bridge is good but not good enough if a ravine is 1000 feet!

You need total confidence that the RMAD you select gives you the freedom to add code (client- or server-side using standards) whenever necessary, so that when critical capabilities are needed, your platform won’t run out of steam. The RMAD you select must be able to accomplish the full list of capabilities I’ve outlined above, so that it can meet the requirements of any business app your organization needs.

Alpha Anywhere was uniquely destined to avoid the "running out of steam" problem.

Check out these two videos (the first is shorter and second is longer) that gives you a sense of how Alpha Anywhere will always allow you to complete the mission. Finally rapid application develoment with the assurance that – no matter how complex the application – your team will never hit the wall.

Video: Alpha Anywhere RAD Overview

Video: Technical Deep Dive of Alpha's RAD Features

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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.