Many of our clients have Microsoft Access, SharePoint or SQL databases, but more and more, there is a need to view & edit that data on mobile devices. Here are some of the technologies we utilize, and why.
Microsoft Power Apps (preferred platform)
This solution is the fastest Rapid Application Development (RAD) tool for the web. Power Apps is a platform which allows you to connect to dozens of data sets (SharePoint, SQL Azure, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, etc) and build mobile & web-based applications for use on mobile phones, tablets or PCs.
If you’re looking for a web-based system which is highly customizable and fast, we use ASP.NET (C#/MVC). This provides the most flexibility of any other solution, and is ideal for large and/or complex systems. Downside: This is not a RAD tool, so typical projects takes much longer to complete, test and implement. But, they are highly customizable and offer the highest levels of security. Most ASP.NET projects take anywhere from 6-18 months to complete, depending on complexity.
Alpha Anywhere (supported but not preferred)
Alpha had been a preferred platform for smart phones & tablet apps, but over the last two years, Microsoft Power Apps has become a much more flexible development tool. Although Alpha is still considered a RAD tool, these projects often take 3-4 times longer to build than a Power App with similar capabilities.
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