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Cost of Ownership is Key when selecting a platform for App Development

costs-building-mobile-web-appsIn this blog and on our web site  there is natural tendency to talk about how "cool" and powerful Alpha Anywhere 3.0 is and how it can help solve the mobile ( and web ) app gap.

However when talking to customers we always get reminded that they care about a few fundamental criteria which we list below.

1) Will your software platform do the job that needs to be done?

2) How long will it take to build the solution?

3) What will it cost to build the solution?

4) What will it cost to operate once built


Regarding Item 1 - Alpha Anywhere has proven itself to be very versatile, powerful and capable.

Regarding Item 2 - Customers report that they are able to building cross-platform mobile and web apps 5 to 10 times faster than with other products

For example check out these blogs

    1. not-all-html5-approaches-to-building-mobile-and-desktop-web-business-apps-are-equal/ 

    1. how-to-create-an-app-alpha-anywhere-vs-jquery-mobile/

Items 3 and 4 can be thought of as the TCO - total cost of ownership.

In a previous blog, we have already explained that  Alpha Anywhere's licensing model does not count users and does not the number of applications and this unrestricted model is turning out (not surprisingly) to be very attractive to companies and  is helping drive new customers to the Alpha Anywhere 3.0 platform.

One of the factors that we did not address in the previous article regarding TCO  is the cost of maintaining Alpha Anywhere 3.0 HTML5 or Hybrid apps.

Firstly because Alpha Anywhere 3.0 builds HTML5 and HTML5 /Hybrid apps (PhoneGap Build is built right into Alpha Anywhere 3.0,) you only need one developer or one development team for all the major mobile devices.

Secondly because Alpha Anywhere 3.0 apps are based on HTML5 technologies, you don't have to go into maintenance mode every-time Apple or Android  issues a new release of the mobile operating system.
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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.