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Alpha Anywhere 3.0 Delivers on an Offline Application

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At Alpha we are passionate about one thing – helping customers get results with Alpha Anywhere that make them look good to their colleagues, bosses and clients because of its unique capabilities  and ability to close the enterprise "app gap" quickly and cost effectively.

It is in this context that we wanted to share this email we received recently from Mike Conti—Managing Director of Clients First—a national IT consulting firm with offices in New Jersey, Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, Tennessee and Alabama who turned to Alpha Anywhere 3.o to build a robust transactional offline capable enterprise mobile app quickly for a sales organization for a national food company. We live in a disconnected world; for mobile enterprises, apps need to work offline or they can't be used in the field. With offline support, a mobile application can be used anywhere without the need for constant connectivity. Alpha Anywhere's offline data caching and synchronization features enabled Clients First to deliver a mobile app that worked offline - an area where other software tools failed to deliver.

A note from Clients First on using Alpha Anywhere to create an off-line app:

I want to share with you how pleased we are with the development of our application with Alpha Anywhere 3.0.In less than a week we eclipsed 6 months of development using another platform and with a little more work we can have a good looking functional prototype.  I am quite pleased with our progress with Alpha Anywhere 3.0 and I see great potential with addressing unique requirements with such a powerful and productive tool. My objective was to replace an application we are supporting that was developed in Appcelerator. The platform we selected was Kony.  Based upon my research, I expected that our team would quickly become productive since the Kony platform had many similarities to the other tools we used.   However, I became concerned with the lack of progress and after 6 months I started to research other tools which pointed in the direction of Alpha Anywhere.

As you are aware, mobile development is faced with innovation challenges from all sides.  The number and variations of devices along with the many O/S's creates significant hurdles for the tool providers and the developer.  Additionally, these challenges are exacerbated by integration when you consider that a mobile device by it's nature connects the user with higher functionality expectations to the broader world.What was a pleasant surprise to find Alpha Anywhere 3.0 // I felt that we did not forgo any integration possibilities with Alpha Anywhere while simplifying the development and delivery mobile applications.

Finally, in the end our clients look to us to support the products we provide.  Mobile developers are just as mobile as the device they code for.  In fact, our Appcelerator project had three different developers resulting in code written in three distinct styles.  What we found with Alpha Anywhere we have been able to do the same work with virtually no code without sacrificing any functionality.

Your team has been instrumental in helping us understand how to architect what we have to best leverage your tools.

Our firm targets companies with complex requirements that are less than a $1 BN USD in annual sales.  Our clients typically have very demanding requirements without the corresponding beefy IT budgets to address their needs.  From my perspective, the ideal is to build mobile solutions without burdening our clients with dedicated support resources.  I see Alpha Anywhere 3.0 as a perfect fit to achieve our mobile goals.”

- Michael Conti, Managing Director, Clients First

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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.