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Tablets will Rule the enterprise - eWeek and Gartner

We recently came across this slide from eWeek regarding the use of tablets.

We see it the same way based on what our customers are telling us. They are looking for electronic clipboards for the 2.5 billion workers world wide who work primarily standing up.

That is why we are hard are work at Alpha on making it very easy to build tablet optimized applications that deal with the following challenges that are associated with tablets in the enterprise

  • Need to integrate with disparate corporate data from multiple existing systems

  • Need to support robust offline operation with intelligent conflict resolution

  • Need to factor in security requirements on both the front end and the backend

  • Need support for full CRUD operations with multi table hierarchical data

  • Need to run across multiple brands of devices with a modern mobile user experience

  • Need to responsively adapt to different screen sizes and orientation

  • Need to take full advantage of the media capabilities that the camera & microphone affords

  • Need to allow for marking up media with electronic ink and annotation

  • Need to optimize for data entry by eliminating the "soft" keyboard that keeps “jumping up and down”

To learn more about what we are working on please contact and provide your name, your company name and a little detail about your intended use case(s)


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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

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.