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Alpha DevCon Keynote 2018


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RJ Andrews
Founder, InfoWeTrust

Modern Business and the ‘Humanization of Information’

Data does not make a difference until it informs. Once we distinguish data and information, we can see that better forms of information are possible. Better information makes an impact on the real world. Learn how to create better information with data storyteller RJ Andrews.

The special opportunities of mobile screens create a new spectrum of possibility. New data, new hardware, and new systems demand a fresh look at how we inform. Most new is a workforce more hungry for information than ever before. Understand the natural ways everyone, no matter their data-literacy, interprets visual information. With people's biases in mind, we can design better business tools and communication.

This year’s DevCon Keynote speaker is data storyteller RJ Andrews. He will discuss how to tell meaningful business stories with data. RJ will share insights from his award-winning work “humanizing information” that Alpha Software developers can apply to their own projects.

About RJ Andrews

RJ Andrews is an award-winning data storyteller. He is interested in creating new ways to look at the world. RJ's first book, Info We Trust, is a lavish adventure through how to inspire the world with data. RJ’s creative problem-solving has established him as a sought-after consultant. Recent clients include Microsoft, Budweiser, and Pearson. He recently spoke to business leaders and data strategists at Netflix and Stanford University. RJ has a Masters of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management. Enjoy RJ's data stories at www.infoWeTrust.com.


Special Program for 2018


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Deconstructing a Web and Mobile App


Watch as Alpha Software President and Co-founder Selwyn Rabins deconstructs a complete Web
and Mobile application system:

   - See how to build the mobile part
    - See how to build the web part
    - See how to tie the mobile and web parts together into one integrated system
    - Learn how the apps are deployed to Alpha Launch and Alpha Cloud 

It’s the ultimate overview of Alpha Anywhere capabilities and development life cycle. 

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"Meet the Doctor" 2018

At Alpha DevCon 2018, we're offering a limited number of complimentary, 30-minute face-to-face meetings with an Alpha Anywhere engineer.


Alpha Software Speakers


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Richard Rabins
CEO

 

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Selwyn Rabins
President
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Dan Bricklin
CTO
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Bob Moore
VP/Mobility

 

 

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Kurt Rayner
VP/R&D
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Cian Chambliss
Sr. Programmer
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Lenny Forziati
VP/Internet Products & Technical Services
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Greg Bohling
Director, Technical Services

 

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Terry Smith
Software Engineer
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Sarah Mitchell
Technical Writer
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Dion McCormick
Lead Solutions Engineer
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Chris Martin
Solutions Engineer
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Dave McCormick
VP/Product Management
  • Alpha DevCon 2018 MC
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Joe Ryan
VP/Sales & Business Development

Special Panels


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Alpha Engineering Panel

A freeform Q&A session with the team that designed and developed Alpha Anywhere and Alpha TransForm.
Moderator: Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software
Panelists: Dan Bricklin, CTO; Cian Chambliss, Sr. Programmer; Kurt Rayner, VP/R&D; Lenny Forziati, VP/Internet Products & Technical Services; Bob Moore, VP/Mobility; Terry Smith, Software Engineer

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Developer Panel: Growing Your Business with Alpha

The addition of Alpha TransForm to the Alpha line-up opens up exciting new opportunities for our enterprise customers, and system integrators and IT consultant partners.  Hear how TransForm is being used to create apps that digitize a broad range of business workflows and processes, and is being utilized as a mobile app front-end for existing desktop solutions. Learn from a panel of Alpha Software developers as they share experiences and practical advice on how to demonstrate business value, build support for your projects and grow your business.

Moderator: Joe Ryan, Vice President/Sales & Business Development


DEVCON 2018 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE*


 Track 1: Speeding Development and Deployment of Sophisticated Business App
 Track 2: Embracing Digital Innovation to Compete
  Wednesday
8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Welcome (Presented by Richard Rabins, CEO, Alpha Software Corporation)
9:10 AM Keynote:  (RJ Andrews, Founder, InfoWe Trust): Modern Business and the ‘Humanization of Information’

Data does not make a difference until it informs. Once we distinguish data and information, we can see that better forms of information are possible. Better information makes an impact on the real world. Learn how to create better information with data storyteller RJ Andrews. The special opportunities of mobile screens create a new spectrum of possibility. New data, new hardware, and new systems demand a fresh look at how we inform. Most new is a workforce more hungry for information than ever before. Understand the natural ways everyone, no matter their data-literacy, interprets visual information. With people's biases in mind, we can design better business tools and communication. This year’s DevCon Keynote speaker is data storyteller RJ Andrews. He will discuss how to tell meaningful business stories with data. RJ will share insights from his award-winning work “humanizing information” that Alpha Software developers can apply to their own projects.

10:00 AM Introducing the Comprehensive Alpha Platform 
(Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)
Learn how Alpha Anywhere and Alpha TransForm work together as a single standard for mobile and web app development. Mobile apps that once took days now take just minutes. By combining the power of both, customers and developers gain massive competitive advantages. Customers see accelerated time to value, and development organizations can now prototype and complete projects in a fraction of the time compared to other developers.
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM

Alpha TransForm - A Mobile App Game Changer 
(Presented by: Dan Bricklin, CTO, Alpha Software Corporation)
Experience all the new features and functionality of TransForm, which has gained significant traction among our customers and partners. Dan Bricklin will walk through these additions, including the new TransForm Programming Language and how customers are putting them to work. 

noon Lunch
1:00 PM Deconstructing a Web and Mobile App 
(Presented by: Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)
We'll start backwards! In this session, we'll take a functioning web and mobile application, and pull it apart piece by piece to see how it was made. You'll leave with a strong understanding of the best practices for designing, architecting and developing both mobile and desktop/web apps in Alpha Anywhere. 
2:00 PM What's New In Alpha Anywhere
(Presented by: Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)

2:45 PM Break
  Track 1: Speeding Development and Deployment of Sophisticated Business App Track 2: Embracing Digital Innovation to Compete
3:00 PM Technical Session: Tips and Techniques for Creating and Publishing and Your Own Web Services Using APIs
(Presented by: Dion McCormick, Lead Solutions Engineer, Alpha Software Corporation)
Publishing APIs with Alpha Anywhere APIs have revolutionized the way software is created and deployed. Online banking, e-commence, and all modern systems of record rely on APIs to exchange information. And, by the end of this session, you'll come up away with the skills to  create and publish your own web services - for you use with other Alpha apps - or apps written using any other platform or language. 

Customer Case Study: SaaS Vertical Application: Animal Welfare Software
(Presented by: Steve Workings, Developer, OERCA; Mark Simmons, Managing Partner, OERCA; Todd Feucht, Managing Partner, OERCA) 
OERCA (One Earth Research Conservation Application) is the world's premier zoological information and animal welfare management app, managing water quality and care for thousands of fish and other animals in over 1700 exhibits in 225 locations. OERCA has set the standard for a new world of animal care and species preservation on desktops and mobile devices. In 2018, after a few months' collaboration with a name-brand North American customer, OERCA released a new Water Management suite combined with a Treatment Request & Authorization system for more informed and accurate care and record-keeping. In this presentation, developer Steve Workings will provide a tour of the new app and discuss how critical requirements gathering with leading animal welfare experts Mark Simmons and Todd Feucht produced one of the largest and most complex Alpha Anywhere applications ever built.
4:00 PM Technical Session: Adding Amazing New Functionality to Your Mobile and Web Apps with APIs 

(Presented by: Dion McCormick and Chris Martin - Solutions Engineers, Alpha Software Corporation)
OCR, payment processing, media streaming, SMS messaging, language translation, route mapping, text to speech - if you can think of it, there is probably already an API to do it. In this session you'll learn where to find these APIs and how to add amazing functionality to your mobile and desktop/web applications. Topics include the API explorer, OAS, Swagger - and everything you need to know.



TransForm Customer Success Story: Building Engineering Use
(Presented by: Darol Harrison, P.E. and  CEO, Building Engineering Company
Learn how Building Engineering, a provider of energy efficiency inspection, testing, and rating services for residential and commercial buildings is utilizing the full Alpha platform to build a new recurring revenue SaaS business. The Building Engineering platform utilizes a TransForm based mobile app to significantly increases Inspector productivity by reducing the time spent during the on-site inspection and data capture process, while providing flexible back-end data integration and reporting capabilities developed using Alpha Anywhere to automate the rating process and enable their customers to increase project throughput.


TransForm Customer Success Story: Patient Innovations
(Presented by: Ken Greenberg, President & Co-Founder, Patient Innovations
This presentation will show how the OnTime Care® app from Patient Innovations delivers on-time health care, saving hospitals critical time and costs, while improving patient experiences.

5:00 PM Break
6:00 PM Cocktail Reception
 Track 1: Building Sophisticated Offline Mobile Apps and Mobile Optimized Forms
 Track 2: Embracing Digital Innovation to Compete
  Thursday
8:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  Track 1: Building Sophisticated Offline Mobile Apps and Mobile Optimized Forms  Track 2: Embracing Digital Innovation to Compete
9:00 AM Technical Session: Lightning Fast Mobile App Deployments and Redeployments
(Presented by: Chris Martin, Solutions Engineer, Alpha Software Corporation)
Gain the skills you need to deploy new mobile apps in minutes and update apps in seconds, using a suite of Alpha technologies, including PhoneGap shell, Alpha Launch 
and Instant Update. See methods of adding mobile apps to complement existing systems and workflows.
For SI and IT Consulting Partners: Growing Your Business with Alpha TransForm 
(Moderated by: Joe Ryan, VP of Sales, Alpha Software) 
Learn how offering focused Transform enabled Mobile App development services is helping Alpha Partners deepen their engagement with existing customers and win mobile projects from a broad set of new customers; generate new demand for IT Consulting and Development services; and build a recurring License revenue business.  Hear details of Alpha’s SI and IT Consultant Partner programs, and how we can help you grow your business.

Partner Spotlight: XAPP Design
(Presented by: Sean O'Kelly, Managing Partner, XAPP Design)
Utilizing the complete Alpha Platform, Alpha Anywhere, Alpha Cloud, and TransForm, XAPP Design is delivering a number of different Alpha based solutions and services, including; Custom Mobile and Web Application Development services; Public SaaS Application development; and tools to help Alpha partners accelerate their own development efforts. Hear specifics on: key projects; challenges and solutions; available tools; and ideas on how to position Alpha to win new projects with existing and potential clients.
10:00 AM Technical Session: Stylizing Applications 
(Presented by: Bob Moore, VP Mobility and Scott Allen, Designer, Alpha Software Corporation)
From winning clients to gaining user adoption, 
the appearance of your applications matters a lot. Learn the tips and techniques you can use in your own apps as we show you before and after examples of applications being transformed. 
Customer Case Study: Creating Life Stories with AllTold® & the Alpha Cloud
(Presented by: Robin Bennett, Director, Start Software) 
AllTold® is a new Alpha Cloud based app conceived by two psychologists and Start Software Director Robin Bennett. The app helps senior citizens combat social isolation and loneliness while strengthening their memories by enabling them to record and share their life story for family and friends. In this presentation, Robin Bennett will provide an overview of the software, how it was built using Alpha Software technology and some feedback from the Humana Healthcare pilot of the app.
10:45 AM Break
  Track 1: Building Sophisticated Offline Mobile Apps and Mobile Optimized Forms Track 2: Embracing Digital Innovation to Compete
11:00 AM Technical Session: Web Apps with Dashboards & Reporting
(Presented by: Dion McCormick, Lead Solutions Engineer, Alpha Software Corporation)
The world is going mobile, but desktop/web is here to stay. In this session you’ll learn the latest tips and techniques to build out powerful desktop/web applications - using dashboard/reporting app as an example.
Customer Case Study: GBS Enterprises
(
Raoul d'Almeida, VP of Development, GBS Enterprises)

GBS is nationwide provider of furniture protection services. Learn how GBS has utilized Alpha Anywhere to develop all of their front office and back office systems, including a complete Call Center and Service Dispatch application, and how they are working to add Mobile App service dispatch capabilities via TransForm to reduce on-site service time and expedite transaction processing, increasing both operational efficiencies and customer satisfaction.


11:30 AM Technical Session: Fast, Scalable, Secure - The Cloud Advantage
(Presented by: Kurt Rayner, VP R&D, Alpha Software Corporation)
Scalability on demand, failover, and ease of use are just some of the advantages hosting apps on the cloud. In this session, we’ll clear away the mysteries so you'll have what you need to deploy cloud apps with confidence.

Professional Services Best Practices: Managing App Delivery in a Decentralized World
(Presented by: Greg Bohling, Director of Technical Services, Alpha Software) 
Traditional software delivery uses well-established project management methodologies to control quality, budget and time. But how can these processes keep up when development is delegated to line-of-business users and applications can be created in a matter of minutes?  This session provides some tools and techniques for managing the development of TransForm applications while still empowering business users to create the tools they need.
noon  PM Lunch
1:00 PM Using TransForm with Alpha Anywhere: A review of the built-in integrations that allow you to simply connect TransForm accounts to your Alpha Anywhere environment
(Presented by Dave McCormick, VP of Product Management, Alpha Software Corporation)
In many cases, TransForm is a great choice as a standalone solution. But when you need to go even further and add additional back end functionality, like reporting, dashboards, workflows and more - Alpha Anywhere is the perfect compliment. See how Alpha Anywhere and Alpha TransForm integrate to form the ultimate develop platform.
1:45 PM Engineering Panel/Q&A: A freeform Q&A session with the Alpha Software Engineers
(Panelists from Alpha Software Engineering Team: Selwyn Rabins, Dan Bricklin, Kurt Rayner, Cian Chambliss, Lenny Forziati, Bob Moore)
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Plays Well With Others: Alpha in the Enterprise: Organizations today rely on a diverse mix of incumbent systems to manage their business information. Gaining insight from this data often involves laborious manual effort or complicated reporting tools. Collecting the data in the first place and distributing it to those it can best help is often an afterthought. The Alpha Platform solves this problem by enabling role-based interfaces for collecting and accessing information without disrupting existing systems.
(Presented by: Greg Bohling, Director of Technical Services, Alpha Software Corporation)
3:45 PM Alpha Platform Roadmap
(Presented by: Selwyn Rabins, President, Alpha Software Corporation)
4:45 PM Closing Session
(Presented by: Richard Rabins, CEO; Selwyn Rabins, President; Dan Bricklin, CTO, Alpha Software Corporation)
5:00 PM Evening Free - Get Ready for Training!
  Friday - Post-Conference Training
8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
  AM: Building
   
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Building and Deploying Mobile and Web Apps
Get up to speed with building and deploying mobile and web applications. You'll see what it takes to build enterprise-class applications with excellent user experiences; then deploying, updating and managing them quickly -- all using a real application.
12:30 PM Lunch
  PM: Deploying
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM Building and Deploying Mobile Apps
Get up to speed with building and deploying mobile apps. You'll see what it takes to build offline-capable, enterprise-class applications using best practices, including deployments and updates. 

 

*sessions subject to change as schedule evolves