Alpha Anywhere Reviews

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June 15, 2017
Phil Samuels | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Alpha Anywhere is the Software Development platform we use to design and implement custom software packages for clients. Clients contact us when they want proprietary software to control the workflow and accounting for their businesses. In most cases, there isn't a software package available to meet their needs, so they commission our company to develop exactly what they want. Using Alpha Anywhere, we have designed applications for financial services companies, construction companies and retail store chains, to name just a few.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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September 20, 2017
Russ Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Used by the whole organization for desktop, web, mobile and SaaS application development. Provides a complete package for front and backend development.
  • Mobile application development with true offline capability.
  • Low-code, rapid app development and deployment environment for building native-quality, cross platform web and mobile business applications.
  • Cross platform mobile apps created with HTML5.
  • Back-end database support for pretty much all the most popular SQL backends as well as NoSQL and Rest APIs.
  • There is no drag and drop form designer however this is not a big problem once you get used to it and through the use of genies, templates, etc.
Alpha Anywhere is well suited for almost any scenario and especially rapid low-code desktop, mobile and web application development. Would not be as well suited for development shops with heavy duty code intensive native application development.
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Alpha Anywhere Scorecard Summary

What is Alpha Anywhere?

The Alpha platform is a unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct "no-code" and "low-code" components.

The vendor says that using the Alpha TransForm no-code environment, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language.

IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to build complex, offline-capable web and mobile business apps with deep functionality. Alpha Anywhere can access and integrate with existing databases and web services, and can exploit built-in role-based security. Additionally, the vendor says Alpha Anywhere is designed to build applications in significantly less time than traditional coding. While most other mobile app development software addresses either the front-end OR the back-end, Alpha Anywhere combines all required client AND server development features. Enterprise level reporting, geo-location/mapping tools, charting, scheduling, media handling (including offloading options to the cloud) and responsive design are all built-in. This solution includes native-like quick start mobile templates right out of the box.

Alpha Anywhere Features

Has featureBuilt-in offline capability
Has featureFront-end and back-end development
Has featureData integration
Has featureSecurity framework
Has featureCoding-optional to serve a range of developer skill levels
Has featureNo-code app development
Has featureProgramming language for power-users

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Alpha Anywhere Integrations

SQL, NoSQL, REST APIs, MS Access, OAuth, OData

Alpha Anywhere Competitors

OutSystems, Mendix, ProntoForms, GoCanvas, Progress Telerik

Alpha Anywhere Pricing

  • Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
  • Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
  • Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
  • Entry-level set up fee?Optional
On-premise EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Alpha Anywhere Business$1,499/year
Alpha Anywhere Business Pro$2,499/year
Alpha Anywhere EnterpriseCall Us +1 781.850.4600Volume Discounts
Alpha TransForm (no-code component)35/month
SaaS EditionPricing DetailsTerms
Alpha Anywhere$1,499/year

Questions? Call us: +1 781.229.4500

Alpha Anywhere Customer Size Distribution

Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Mid-Size Companies (51-500 employees)
Enterprises (> 500 employees)

Alpha Anywhere Support Options

 Free VersionPaid Version
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Video Tutorials / Webinar
Live Chat

Alpha Anywhere Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux, Mac
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, Mobile Web
Supported Countries:North America, South America, EMEA, Asia Pacific
Supported Languages: International language capability