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Rapid Mobile App Development Solves the Mobile App Developer Shortage

Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) solutions help you find the mobile and web app developers hiding in your line of business

Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) solutions help you find the mobile and web app developers hiding in your line of business

Need to build multiple mobile apps this year? You’re going to have a tough time finding experienced mobile developers to do it. Gartner says the demand to create mobile apps will grow at least five times faster than IT can deliver them by the end of this year. And demand keeps growing, because the firm says 2.1 billion smartphones will be sold by 2019, fueling the need for even more apps.

If you can manage to find and hire developers, be prepared to pay — through the nose. Research by, a services provider for job seekers, says that the average salary for a mobile programmer is $147,000, the second highest average salary in Silicon Valley. That’s no surprise, because also found out that only 4% of job seekers list having that skill set.

Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD) Rides to the Rescue

There is a solution to the dilemma. It’s called Rapid Mobile App Development (RMAD). It allows people without mobile experience, and virtually no development experience at all, to quickly write mobile apps that can run on multiple platforms. RMAD is an end-to-end tool for building mobile apps, including backend integration and front-end app development. The best RMAD solutions use a low-code or coding-optional approach, allowing someone with little experience to quickly build a mobile app, yet also allowing an experienced developer to add more advanced code, if needed.

A report from Gartner, Market Guide for Rapid Mobile App Development Tools, notes that RMAD tools “offer high productivity for developers and nondevelopers alike through a variety of approaches that both automate and abstract app development efforts, including drag-and-drop editors, code generation and orchestration, model-driven development, virtualization, business process mapping, component assembly, app configuration and forms construction.”

RMAD tools are particularly well-suited for domain experts and line-of-business staff, who have the business knowledge required for writing apps, but not the advanced technical skills. With RMAD, they don’t need the skills, because the tools take care of that, allowing so-called “citizen developers” to quickly write high-quality mobile apps. The Gartner report sums it up their use this way: “Users of these RMAD tools can come from many areas of an organization and do not have to understand or learn the intricate details of mobile app mechanics, such as offline data synchronization. Their objective is to produce useful apps as rapidly and as easily as they might create a presentation using a typical office productivity suite.”

The result? Say good-bye to the mobile developer shortage and big developer salaries, because plenty of people on your staff can write the apps themselves.

Alpha Anywhere is one of the most highly rated RMAD tools. InfoWorld named it a top mobile app development leader and enterprises give it a perfect score on Gartner Peer Insights.
“I thought it was marketing hype. I was wrong, Alpha delivers on what they promise.” - Director of IT (source: Gartner Peer Insights)
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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.

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.