5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Apr 22, 2016
Of all the products I reviewed, Alpha Software stood out as a progressive customer oriented company that had been in the market for a very long time and had continued to evolve and remain relevant with an affordable yet extremely powerful solution in Alpha Anywhere.
Work with Alpha, reach out to them. They are fantastic with keeping in touch with you. They held several conference calls with us and various members of the Alpha Team to address all of our concerns. From day 1, they provided us with the most comfort in terms of establishing a trustworthy long term relationship. One issue I tried to address sooner rather than later was cost. Many vendors would not provide me with an estimate of cost. I knew what my budget was and so I was leary spending time with Vendors who were not upfront about estimating a cost to use their product. I did not have to worry about this with Alpha, their prices are clearly visible on their website and from that fundamental starting point, all future correspondence with them always seemed upfront and honest as if they had nothing to hide and were proud to put it all out there. I was put in contact with different specialists depending on my concern and each time I was impressed with the response. I really thought they were going to start getting annoyed with me because I put them through such a vetting process, but they graceously addressed each and every concern and always asked what else I needed to see.
The employee and development community involvement. They hold weekly webinars to demo a feature, answer questions, their site is loaded with videos, documentation, sample code, and a user message board. Their is no sense of being on your own, someone most likely has either provided a video, article or message board post to deal with issues as you continue on your mastery of the product. This was very important to us. We didn't want to buy a product and develop on our own island. A community approach to solving problems is something we received as an added bonus for choosing Alpha.
I am somewhat new to the product and still in the honeymoon phase so it really is too early to have any strong dislikes. I anticipate little change in this area having spoke with other users who have a longer history with the company and the product.
So far I have not encountered any issues with the Vendor.
We took a lot of time evaluating various RAD solutions. Our initial gut feeling was to go with Alpha Software, but we then spent an additional 4 months exploring alternatives only to confirm our gut intuition that Alpha Anywhere was the perfect tool for needs. I don't know per say I would do that differently or that the time spent was a waste of time, but losing 4 months of development and vetting so many different companies was no small feat. Alpha seemed right from the get go but we didn't want to make any rush decisions. I guess it was time lost but it also confirmed our initial feelings that Alpha would be the best alternative based on our needs analysis.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Apr 15, 2016
The company has been great to work with. They are very responsive. Alpha Anywhere allows us the ability to build cross-platform mobile apps quickly and easily, at very little cost. Attending their user conference was a joy as it was very easy to interact with key company members.
A word of warning, not about the software, but about mobile app development in general. Have strong processes for app development and app deployment in place early on. This will help you be successful with mobile apps.
The videos are an amazing aspect. You can watch them and really get an idea of what you can do with the product. They can be even more helpful than the support forums. The ability to immediately see the results of your development without having to deploy the code to a mobile device is very nice.
With V4 the PhoneGap Shell concept comes into being. This allows you to easily view changes even when the code calls PhoneGap APIs.
Prior to the V4 release the online help documentation was lacking. But this has been greatly improved with the V4 release. The videos, while having a lot of potential, sometimes reference old versions and there is a difference in UI between the video and your screen.
Talk to Gartner earlier on in the process about good fitting solutions for our needs. We spent quite a few months kicking the tires on other solutions, only to be disappointed again and again.
We are very impressed with Alpha Anywhere. It allows to quickly develop and deliver mobile apps that integrate with our existing systems. It has allowed us to move off the starting blocks and deliver mobile apps.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 22, 2016
Don't expect any software program to be able to do everything. We selected AlphaAnywhere because it matched the majority of our needs and it has lived up to expectations (and then some). Yes there are times when a workaround is required but that is true with every software program.
Depth of features.
Documentation (although the company is working on correcting this and there are a lot of resources on the web).
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 20, 2016
Our firm focuses on leading edge solutions for multi-location manufacturers and Alpha has consistently shown that they are willing to make the intellectual investment to make the software perform as required in commercial environments. Our experience with other development tools is that they could hand the simple requirements but the development effort to handle more complex requirements required a signficant amount of coding along with introducting 3rd party components which unnecessarily would increase the risk of a deployment.
The real advantage of mobile is integration to your backend systems. This offers you tremendous efficiency from sales, to warehousing to production. So never look at the investment simply on the device itself because if you do so, you may not be impressed.
The incredible responsiveness of the top people at Alpha when critical issues are identified. Alpha is second to no one in this regard. Issues identified are normally addressed within days.
The system does not conform to standard Microsoft methodologies which has both it's advantages and disadvantages. Due to the size of Microsoft their is a large pool of people with Visual Studio backgrounds. Alpha doesn't have the same depth of resources to hire.
My preference is for a more structured vendor technical support. But the support resources we have had experience rank amongst the top of my experience.
First, you have to make sure you invest the appropriate amount of time to educating yourself. Moving into a mobile application development paradigm will require many, many months of education, experimentation and rewrites. Our initial plans were overly optimistic. Leverage experienced consulting resources as much as you can to help shorten your education cycle.
We had a couple of surprises when deploying but on every occassion support and advice was promptly delivered.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 18, 2016
Solid and feature-rich platform, still expanding with features at an amazing pace, professional services and close support.
Spend some time with the various parts of the platform before actually starting building - there's a lot to see and the amount of functionality that is built-in or within easy reach is amazing.
The combination of ready-to-use functionalities with the ability to dive deep and code the rest yourself.
Platform documentation is scattered. This is offset by video tutorials which are numerous, short and to the point, but it would help to consolidate the information textually in one location.
Organize daily 'standup' meetings with external development teams from Day 1. Carefully review and decide on team collaboration tools.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 18, 2016
Alpha Anywhere is a great product that is easy to learn. The few times we have run into a limitation, we have shared that with Alpha, and they have included enhancements in their next releases for the majority of our reported limitations.
Spend time making sure you have good data structures. Alpha is very easy to use when attaching to good data structures. Also if you get stuck, use the help avenues that Alpha has provided.
I like the ease of use, and the speeds with which we can develop software using this tool. Time is money, so saving time saves money.
The online help documentation as listed above.
The online help documentation is sometimes hard to search. If/when they enhance that, thing will be even better.
If I could go back in time, I would have more members of my staff start using Alpha sooner than they did.
We deployed Alpha ourselves.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 17, 2016
Alpha Anywhere is ideal for building mobile apps with a common code base so you only have to write code once and can deploy it to different operating systems. What was built with Alpha Anywhere matched our precise specifications, was developed quickly, and cost ten times less than if we had developed separate native apps.
Work / Prototypes / workshops.
The way the system handles css and lack of supporting e.g. bootstrap.
More focus on UX.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 16, 2016
Alpha Software is a very responsive company. They seem to be on the leading edge of Rapid Mobile Application Development, and offered us a way to speed development with low code.
For our potential end clients, they're inundated with demands and regulation. This makes it harder for them to focus on implementing our software - which would solve many of their problems. I would recommend they keep an open mind and schedule follow-up meetings quickly; it's not easy, but keeping the project moving will actually end their pain sooner. For those considering development platforms, I would give Alpha a really hard look. The platform is amazing for developing apps that run in the cloud or on any device. And, you can get the CEO and CIO on the phone easily; try that with Microsoft or Salesforce.
The possibilities are endless. They've gone to great pains to make it easier to develop faster. And, they've built cool features in like Adobe Phone Gap to help with app deployment and connectivity, The Alpha Anywhere templates make it easy to get started, too. We can communicate with any external system.
License renewal is sometimes confusing. Otherwise, we're really happy with Alpha Anywhere. Any early issues we noticed we brought to their attention and they corrected in future releases. You couldn't ask for a better development partner.
They've been superb. I really can't think of anything.
Our initial approach was to look at one of the greatest problems we all face: endless waiting in doctors' offices. OnTime Care(r) eliminates that. We missed some other major uses for our system. While our first approach was to large, busy practices, we should have partnered right away with some of the large EMR platforms. We felt we should sell the software to the first practices to buy, and then build the API to EMR systems. In reality, it would have been more efficient to partner with the established EMR systems first.
CTO has steered Alpha into development of "clipboard replacement" - where an iPad or similar device can literally replace the old fashioned clipboard. We're doing amazing things with device responsive design. There's really no limit to what you can do with Alpha Anywhere.
Alpha has been easy to deploy. We've been able to integrate to just about any system we've encountered.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 16, 2016
Alpha Anywhere is second to none on customer service. I have never seen a company respond almost immediately to emails. This is a rapid development system that is the best for mobile and web based applications.
Great product and saves many hours to get an application to production.
None at the moment.
Had their conferences in sunny San Diego. I also wish they had a customer support line to call in.
5 out of 5.0, Reviewed Mar 16, 2016
From the onset of our evaluation of a development platform, Alpha stood out for existing innovative software development platform and an impressive roadmap for future releases. At one point in their release cycle, innovations were coming so fast and impressive that we had to look behind the platform to the technology innovators behind the software. The stood out as a legendary visionary and is a big reason why the direction of the product is so impressive. Increasingly, the requirements have moved beyond the four walls of our agency and Alpha has fulfilled the mobile application space without having to re-tool our development resources. Innovations such as handling of disconnected data, tablet optimized forms, reuseable editors - all implemented without the overhead of extensive coding, enable our limited development resources to respond quickly and confidently to business requirements. Long gone are the days of requiring one set of uniform hardware. Our implementation spans multi-vendor desktop, web, smart phones and tablets. Alpha deals elegantly with the differences. Mobile apps deploy to Android and iOS with minimal effort.
Purchase manuals from affiliated training organizations such as Twin Peaks Research. Also, connect with Alpha or 3rd party consulting to get a quick start proof of concept based upon a fairly complex model. The features of Alpha cause you to rethink the architecture of your application's mobile implementation, so allow more experienced designers guide your design.
I have been spoiled by the speed, quality and relevance of features coming out of Alpha. I am sure that at some point, the innovations and features will slow but I have not seen that over the last two years. We are a Microsoft shop and the IIS integration is a huge plus.
Would like to have more textual documentation. The majority of documentation comes from Video and help within the development environment.
While I love the videos that demonstrate the functionality of Alpha in such impressive detail that you literally can build an application along with the presenter, I read technical manuals for entertainment. I could use an exhaustive reference manual for detailed system features and design.
While looking for a development platform, we earned our technology battle scars. We freely admit that developers naturally gravitate towards an "I can do it better with my own code." attitudes. After months of down and dirty Visual Studio/Xarmin prototypes through high level inflexible RAD systems, we could have saved a lot of late nights and headaches by just diving into Alpha.
Cross platform mobile applications. Enterprise level data access. Unprecedented offline data capaiblities.
Access to high level technolgist within Alpha has helped move our development forward without technical incident. We are well informed of any product issues and new features that are being released.
There were some false starts with our innitial deployment (2014). Again, more detailed documentation would help. Input from Alpha tech support cleared up the issues quickly. Integration with complimentary technologies is an area in which Alpha is excelerating development. We easily integrated our application with RESTful APIs to a government mandated information system.