Wired Innovation Insights and Low Code Application Development

With demand for mobile enterprise apps expected to increase in 2015 and beyond, app developers need to find solutions to create apps faster. One method is low-code application development. Good low-code development platforms let you build mobile apps without having to write code but let you write code when you need it. Alpha Software CEO Richard Rabin's authored the below piece for Wired Innovation Insights in which he discusses the benefits that low-code development brings to enterprise digital transformation. 

Read about the benefits of low-code development platforms.

Mobilizing Work Through a Low-Code Platform: Four Factors for Developing Task-Oriented Apps

There’s a new generation of mobile enterprise apps on the horizon – task-oriented experiences that are integral parts of business ecosystems. Often developed by tech-savvy analysts with little professional programming support, these apps enhance employee effectiveness and productivity. With these apps, companies can increase profits, cut costs and drive business value by mobilizing essential work activities.

Apps for Mobile Work

Task-oriented apps reduce the friction of time delays and disconnected steps in business processes. They provide workers with mobile experiences to complete necessary activities. Consider these examples.

    • American Pool, a company that manages lifeguards at 3000 commercial pools across the US, is replacing its integrated voice response (IVR) system for logging hours worked. It is introducing a smartphone app for its lifeguards that recognizes their locations, automatically clocks their hours, and seamlessly connects to the enterprise time-tracking system. The app will also support shift scheduling and swapping. Once deployed, this digital experience will collect more data, faster, and with less effort, than the current phone-based system.
    • Zerock, a Lebanese-based construction company building large-scale projects in Congo, Mozambique, and Nigeria, recently added a ‘payment request approval’ app to its web-powered project management system. Project managers can review and approve payment requests for tasks completed and goods delivered from their smartphones. They sign and date the transactions using official signatures stored on their devices. The central office can keep up with the flow of business even when decision makers are in the field and away from their desks.
Notice how these apps mobilize activities that once took added human effort, and expedite connections to mission-critical applications. Both are developed with a low-code mobile application development platform.

Business Benefits of a Low-Code Platform

What are the business benefits of a low-code platform? In today’s digital age, mobile work is a fact of business life. Companies must leverage their investments in web-based applications. They must enhance and extend the capabilities of their underlying IT systems.

But it’s no longer sufficient to simply shrink digital experiences designed for full-screen web applications into the smaller form factors of mobile devices. Rather, analysts and developers need to go back to the drawing boards, identify the critical steps in business processes, and mobilize high-value tasks. It is essential to consider the entire business ecosystem.

This is where a low-code platform makes the difference. It expedites the development of task-oriented apps. It delivers needed capabilities in four key areas: rapid app development; integration with backend systems; connections to remote web sources; and support for off-line work.

The Alpha Anywhere low code development platform has the unique ability to rapidly create mobile-optimized forms and field apps that can easily access and integrate with any database or web service and can exploit built-in role-based security or robust offline functionality. Learn more and take a free 30-day trial, complete with starter apps.
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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

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