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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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WEBCON BPS

Really well suited for processes which work with documents, seems less (but it is possible) appropriate for single/no data actions (e.g. just provide a quick update in SQL database without any process).
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Feature Rating Comparison

Reporting & Analytics

Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
9.1
Dashboards
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
9.1
Standard reports
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
9.1
Custom reports
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
9.1

Process Engine

Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
8.9
Process designer
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
9.1
Process simulation
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
10.0
Business rules engine
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
8.2
SOA support
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
9.1
Form builder
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
8.2
Model execution
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
9.1

Content Management Capabilties

Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
9.1
Content management
Alpha Anywhere
WEBCON BPS
9.1

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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  • Great time-to-business: process are delivered really fast (e.g. project lasts 3 weeks for medium/medium-large size process)
  • Low entry threshold to develop processes in this tool (the training is 1 - 2 days)
  • Unified and out-of-the-box standardized (customizable as well) generated User Interface. That helps users to use the new processes with no/or really training and with simple one A4 page quick manual (or even without it)
  • Easy to migrate between versions of the tool (WebCon BPS) and SharePoint versions
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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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  • The configuration of the user interface is sometimes not so flexible. However, it can be developed from the (fully flexible then).
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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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WebCon has got best (in my opinion) time-to-business rating
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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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  • ROI seems really quick, as processes are delivered really fast (on the go in an agile way)
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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

WEBCON BPS

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$0*
1.  installation
WEBCON BPS Editions & Modules
WEBCON BPS
Edition
WEBCON BPS Express
$01
1. installation
Additional Pricing Details
WEBCON BPS Express is a free edition for test and productive use up to 10 GB of database size (see starter.webcon.com) WEBCON BPS Standard and Enterprise versions are available as perpetual, per user licenses. Pay per month model is also available.