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GoCanvas

6 Ratings

Alpha Anywhere

7 Ratings
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Score 9.1 out of 101

GoCanvas

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Likelihood to Recommend

Alpha Anywhere

We use Alpha Anywhere to develop large scale business applications. So far, we haven't found any real limitations. This is exemplified by my response to my customers who frequently ask, "Is it possible..." I always interrupt them before this sentence goes any further by telling them, "with our development platform, anything's possible" (then we have to discuss whether the time/cost is worth the added benefit of what they're requesting).
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GoCanvas

I believe that GoCanvas is well suited for a company when they have one or two documents that need to be in the system. Also maybe a smaller company with 1-11 employees. For us, it has been somewhat of a challenge with 10-15 employees using it with sometimes 5 different documents and managing that. The customization of the documents is fabulous and we could sign contracts electronically which gave us an edge with our competition.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Survey Format & Appearance

Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.4
Survey templates
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.0
Themes
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.3
Custom logo/branding
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.0

Survey Content

Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.4
Changes to live survey
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.5
Question design help
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.5
Multiple question types
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.3

Survey Logic

Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.3
Survey logic flexibility
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.3

Survey Reporting & Analytics

Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.1
Response tracking
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.7
Data export
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.3
Standard reports
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.5
Custom reports
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.3
Analytics
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.5

Survey Administration & Security

Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.8
Access controls
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
9.3
Compliance
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.3

Survey Distribution

Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.5
Vendor-offered crowdsourcing
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.5
Respondent restrictions
Alpha Anywhere
GoCanvas
8.5

Pros

  • Our company had been creating small business applications since the 1980's, when we used DBase IV (don't laugh... that's what was available). Then, we got more "sophisticated" with Microsoft Access. Clearly, we would always be limited with what we can do with those two programs. By accident, during an Internet search, we saw and ad for Alpha Anywhere (back then, it was called Alpha V). After working with the 30 free trial for just two weeks, we retired Access, for good. The best part was Alpha's flexibility in its use of "back end" data tables. That allowed us to use existing Access tables as we redesigned the front-end program (Alpha ships with its own DBF system, but we prefer SQL-Based tables). You can choose, SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle, Access, Paradox (actually, too many to name) for your tables. You can even create links to Excel spreadsheets or QuickBooks Tables. It's outstanding!
  • Alpha allows developers to create very large and very complex programs. However, it's also a great choice for RAD (Rapid Application Development) for those who need to be up and running quickly or for less experienced programmers. Actually, the interface truly allows for "codeless" development of your application (more on that later). That means you can design a fully functional application, without typing a single line of code. They have some examples on their website.
  • My favorite part of Alpha is that it is constantly adding features and functions that allow us to do more with our applications. In fact, one of my biggest problems is that I need more time to learn and practice the added features as fast as they are introduced
  • Prior to Alpha Anywhere, we never considered creating/developing "mobile" applications (for tablets, smartphones, etc.). Alpha created a unique "panel" system that makes those application work great... and allows for the design of very sophisticated Apps.
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  • GoCanvas can adapt to you and the structure of your company. Our documents were sometimes a work in progress, and it was easy to change them when needed.
  • GoCanvas made my Sales Team more efficient and structured. We had set documents they needed to fill out and within those documents, certain areas needed to be completed before they could move forward, which enabled my team to be more accurate and fully detailed.
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Cons

  • Whenever I'm asked to criticize Alpha Anywhere, my first comment refers to the documentation. For sure, they've made some improvements, this year, but I still wish it were better. Because I moved from another development package, I really had to start learning from scratch... I've been at it, for years, and I still feel like I have a way to go. The good news is that Alpha has a very active Message Board and there are lots of people who generously give their time to answer questions and help solve problems. There's no "tech support" line to call for help. Alpha DOES offer a paid "mentoring" service, which I used, several times. Unfortunately, my experience with the mentors wasn't as positive as I hoped it would be.
  • Alpha needs to improve its "templates" to make them more modern for users. I've never had a complaint from users, but I'd like my applications to have a newer, flashier look.
  • Alpha advertises itself as "codeless" programming. It is! You can certainly develop an entire application without writing a single line of "code." Unfortunately, that application will be pretty basic. If you're a serious developer, you'll want to learn "javascript" and "XBasic"... it'll come in very handy, as will an understanding about how to create SQL views and queries (and, Stored Procedures), etc.
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  • Some of their customization of the PDF Report builder is limited, but this is more than likely for simplicity sake. There have been some limitations based on their programming limitations, but we've been able to get around some of them.
  • Tech support is not instantly available and can take up to a day to get back to you.
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Alternatives Considered

Alpha Anywhere is a more robust, complete and lower cost solution for rapid desktop, web and mobile application cross platform development.
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GoCanvas is much easier to use and customize than Google Forms. We have used Google Forms in the past, but seem to find that GoCanvas works better for our company and what we do. The reports are cleaner, more professional, and easier to use than Google Forms. I feel that it makes us stand out from our competitors when trying to sign contracts.
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Return on Investment

  • Alpha is our sole Development Platform. It has enabled us to contract for some pretty large jobs. AND, we are regularly told, by our customers, that our programs have helped them improve their organizations, workflows and profits.
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  • I believe that GoCanvas has had a positive impact on my company because it has enabled us to sign more contracts with homeowners because of the efficiency gained, which in turn gave us more revenue.
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Pricing Details

Alpha Anywhere

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Alpha Anywhere Editions & Modules
Alpha Anywhere
On-premise Edition
Alpha Anywhere Business
$1,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Business Pro
$2,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Enterprise
Call Us +1 781.850.46002
Alpha TransForm (no-code component)
35/month
2. Volume Discounts
SaaS Edition
Alpha Anywhere
$1,499/year
Additional Pricing Details
Questions? Call us: +1 781.229.4500

GoCanvas

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
GoCanvas Editions & Modules
GoCanvas
Additional Pricing Details