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

The world of mobile app development is much more complex than ever, and therefore approaches that leverage your existing manpower is critical. As a result, Rapid Mobile Application Development (RMAD) is now more valuable than ever, with Gartner predicting that RMAD could account for more than 50% of all mobile development in the coming years.

The best enterprise 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 which:

  • Have a wide range of smaller screen sizes
  • Employ a variety of different operating systems
  • May, or may not have an internet connection (including dealing with conflict resolution when synching)
  • 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
  • Require users to have 1 hand-tied up holding the device and only one hand or finger available to input information (requires a fundamental rethinking of data entry controls)

While coding these types of features are vitally important to a successful, widely adopted mobile app, they can take significant time. This is where RMAD development tools become more important than ever in today’s world of mobile apps. RMAD does a lot of the heavy coding work for you.

A Note of Caution: With the myriad of existing Rapid Mobile Application Development (RMAD) tools and platforms arriving on the market, it’s important to select an RMAD platform that not only promises more productivity but won’t run out of steam. Developers will be able to code for security, data integration, rich user experiences or rich data capture. Development platforms that get you 95% towards your destination are a problem.

You need total confidence that the RMAD tool you select gives you the freedom to add code (client- or server-side) whenever necessary. In that case, when critical capabilities are needed, your platform won’t run out of steam. You want assurance it can meet the requirements of any business app your organization needs.

Alpha Anywhere will always allow developers to fully complete enterprise apps. No matter how complex the application – your team will never hit the wall. 

Video: Alpha Anywhere Rapid Mobile App Development Overview

Video: Technical Deep Dive of Alpha Anywhere Rapid Mobile App Development Features

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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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.