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Winners: Alpha Software Corporation Most Innovative App Contest

This week during Alpha DevCon 2016, the engineering team at Alpha Software Corporation recognized some of the most innovative business apps that customers are building with the Alpha Anywhere rapid mobile application development platform. Between May and August, developers from all over the world and in a variety of industries submitted business apps that leveraged some of the newest features in Alpha Anywhere, including rich media capture, data integration, mappingoffline capability and mobile optimized forms and advanced security. Submissions came from a range of industries and functional areas. Examples of submissions include:

    • field scheduling apps

    • location-aware apps

    • complex apps that replace paper inspection forms

After careful review of the submissions, the team at Alpha selected the following winners at this week's Alpha DevCon event:



Trip Builder

Developer: Simon Cornford

Company: PSDC Ltd

Description: Trip Builder is an app that let's you build a schedule to optimize business trips when visiting clients. The app includes features such as geography search within an area, such as in a city, to generate a list of clients that are in the location you will be visiting. It includes a mobile interface that allows you to lookup nearby clients if free time is suddenly available, such as when a client cancels a meeting. Trip Builder takes advantage of Alpha Anywhere's built-in security and mapping features as well as offline capabilities.



Liquid Environmental Solutions - Used Cooking Oil

Developer: Carl Pearson

Company: DalSoftLab

Description: WalMart generates significant quantities of used cooking oil in its daily operations. This oil is stored in tanks on-site. If the tanks become filled, the business can only operate for a limited amount of time before they must cease food preparation. The Liquid Environmental Solutions - Used Cooking Oil app enables WalMart to track the status of used cooking oil tanks at its various locations, alerting them to issues as they arise. The app has been deployed as a tablet application, replacing a multi-part paper form process. The app is in use on over 135 tablets to service approximately 8,000 pickup locations. Alpha Anywhere enabled Carl to build this app in 3 months with limited experience with Alpha upon approval of the project. It employs offline access, data integration, security, and Alpha Anywhere's new mobile forms capabilities.



Wine App

Developer: Michael Cornford

Company: Data Driven Systems

Description: Wine App provides quick access to a large database of wines while seeking to minimize the amount of effort to find a specific wine. Michael's client wanted to find any wine in their collection of over 32,000 bottles of wine - including 6,500 unique wine types - in 3 clicks or less. Using a combination of several search styles and visual styling to indicate complex information such as wine quality, Wine App offers a simple interface that solves a complex problem. Several Alpha Anywhere features were utilized, including mapping, offline access, and Alpha Anywhere's new mobile forms.


Prizes included a 1-year subscription to Alpha Anywhere, an Apple Watch and an Android Tablet.

Many thanks to all the developers who participated and made this year's Innovative App Contest a success!

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Amy Groden-Morrison
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Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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