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Designing Mobile Apps for Business - Make Sure It's Mobile

When designing mobile apps for business, make sure they're truly mobile apps that can work without a connection.

As companies increasingly recognize the urgent need to build mobile business apps for competitive reasons, they are also becoming increasinglysophisticated about the difference between TRUE custom mobile apps versus mobile apps that are simply web apps designed to fit on mobile devices.

We have put this diagram together to help you understand what the requirements for developing true mobile apps are.


Many of the above the above requirements, such as working offline, leveraging rich media, taking advantage of all the mobile device 
hardware are only possible to meet if one builds using either of the following approaches:

1) Native applications.  Native apps however don’t solve the common requirement of needing to run on multiple brands of mobile devices, normally associated with BYOD (bring your own device,) and are also typically very expensive, time consuming and require highly skilled developers.


2) Enterprise-level hybrid applications. This approach offers the "build once run anywhere" benefit required by BYOD, and can be very cost effective if you are using a RMAD (rapid mobile application development) platform. This approach however is only possible if your RMAD platform has tight and seamless integration with the open source project known as PhoneGap which effectively wraps HTML5 into a native app, provides access to device hardware and lets one deploy apps from apps stores.

Please contact for a whitepaper that covers this topic in more detail and explains how Alpha Anywhere is the only sophisticated RMAD (rapid mobile application development) platform that lets you adopt option "2" outlined above.

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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.