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What is Alpha Anywhere & why are Companies & Experts turning to it?

scales-v1ProductDiagram3We often get asked this question -

"What is Alpha Anywhere and why are Companies, Developers and Domain Experts turning to it?"

So we decided to answer it in very straight forward terms. Alpha Software Corporation is a Boston based company that has developed a system that includes everything needed to enable corporate software developers and domain experts to create and deploy robust, responsive and secure business applications (with easy offline support - coming soon) across the full range of devices – from smartphones and tablets to the web – extremely rapidly and efficiently

The problem that Alpha Anywhere addresses.

The demand for mobile-enabled business applications is growing rapidly because business and organizations recognize that customers, clients, patients, students, partners, prospects, suppliers etc all want to interact with their organization anywhere, anytime from any device. What does this mean for organizations,  IT developers, business domain experts and system integrators? They have to get these applications built in a timely manner, but also they must ensure that they work well and can stay updated on an evolving array of PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets. Compounding the problem is the acute skill set shortage which exists because the creation of modern business applications is very complex and requires developers to have a myriad of front-end and back-end skills on platforms that are quickly changing. Companies are thus looking for new development solutions that allow the developers they currently have to become mobile-capable fast and then to quickly build critical business applications from one code base that deploy on all devices easily. This diagram below illustrates the fact that by leaning Alpha Anywhere a developer does not have become an expert in a huge array of front end and back technologies   This is where Alpha Anywhere fits in.

The Product

Alpha Anywhere, is a complete “coding-optional” platform for rapid development and easy deployment of responsively designed business applications from one code base that are robust and secure: Enterprises can now easily create applications once that automatically adapt for use on smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, or touch-enabled computers. Alpha Anywhere is built to serve the millions of small to large businesses who are urgently looking to incorporate mobile applications in their day to day operations to ensure they remain competitive.   Alpha Anywhere’s key differentiation points are that it:   1- Enables mainstream developers to rapidly build secure mobile and web business applications responsively in HTML5 (soon to be the dominant approach for mobile applications, according to Gartner). These applications can then be turned into native applications very easily using Alpha Anywhere’s fully integrated “PhoneGap” support ; 2-  Includes everything needed in one system to build and easily update these applications, from back-end services to front-end GUI, using built-in (or 3rd party) components such as reporting, forms, charting, scheduling, video/image handlers, and GIS. It is entirely realistic for one developer to master Alpha Anywhere and be able to build complete mobile and web apps. (See figure 1 below) 3-  Has seamless integration with SQL databases, other corporate data-sources and data from web services; 4- Will soon Offer an easy method, where coding is not required, that enables mobile apps to run disconnected or on intermittent internet connections – research indicates that offline support is a critical concern for almost 90 % of corporate clients. 5-  Easy Cloud or ISP deployment, or deployment to the customer’s own servers; and soon will allow 'One-click' auto-scale deployment to the Alpha Cloud.     Customers   Over the years, thousands of developers have built tens of thousands of business applications using Alpha's previous generations of their application development platforms – but this latest generation, which addresses the thorny issues raised by the arrival of mobile devices, moves the Company to a whole new level.
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About Author

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.