“By 2020, more than 75% of field service organizations with over 50 users will deploy mobile apps that go beyond simplified data collection and add capabilities that help technicians succeed.”
- Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Field Service Management,”
Beginning in 2013, Alpha Software identified the move to replace paper forms with digital forms and mobile devices - particularly by people who work standing up. To fully understand the problem and build the best enterprise-grade solution, Alpha Software assembled a customer advisory group of early adopters working with or within enterprises on mobile forms for standing workers. Research and beta testing uncovered that enterprises required sophisticated mobile capabilities, offline operation, complex data integration and security in true "enterprise-grade" mobile forms builders.
The result is Alpha TransForm, the industry's most sophisticated no-code mobile forms builder that allows business users or developers to create mobile forms for business in minutes. Users create mobile forms with such capabilities as:
Using Alpha TransForm, enterprise-grade data-capture based mobile apps can now be created by anyone in 20-30 minutes versus the many weeks required with other low-code platforms. Plus, Alpha Transform apps have capabilities that other forms builders do not, from offline capability to data integration and full programmability.
Learn more about Alpha TransForm and "How Mobile Leads the Way to Digital Transformation."
We've taken a complex problem—building hierachical data sets in mutli-table offline database applications—and boiled it down to a single checkbox. With Alpha Anywhere, simply select the "Pre-load data" option when setting up your lists and guarantee that all of your Parent-Child data is ready to go 'in-memory' even when your app is offline.Watch the video
After a List has been populated with data from the server, the user can perform incremental refreshes on the List data to retrieve any edits that have been made to server data. Unlike a full refresh, only rows that have been edited are sent to the client, resulting in a much smaller payload being sent to the client compared to a full refresh of the List data.
You can also set a 'synchronization policy' in the List definition to specify that every time edits to the List data are synchronized with a server an incremental refresh of the List should also be performed.Watch the video
In the real world, its typical for users to be working offline for days at a time without regaining connection, making changes to a large amount of data that needs to eventually re-synchronize with the server. In that case, you might want to synchronize the data in batches, rather than sending all of the edits to the server at once which, if using a slow connection, could risk client time-out
Using Alpha Anywhere, its easy to re-synch large amounts of offline data in batches, minimizing risk and keeping your users in the loop through progress updates as the data goes back to the server.Watch the video
Keep your users on track by giving them clear visual cues as to what data has been edited while they are in offline mode. In Alpha Anywhere, we've built in icons that mark rows as 'dirty' (i.e. data edited while offline) that stay that way until the user regains connection and is able to synch their changes and clear any possible conflicts. And, you have full access to the CSS to style the icons however you see fit.Watch the video
Offline applications built in Alpha Anywhere include built-in geolocation features such as capturing location information when the user edits data, capturing location information when the user synchronizes data, and geocoding data.Watch the video - Geocode data on sync Watch the video - Capture location at sync time Watch the video - Capture location during edits
Please note that this page is just an overview of Alpha Anywhere's built-in offline capabilities. To see the full list of features, along with screenshots, video tutorial and extensive documentation check out the Alpha Anywhere Offline Documentation.