About Alpha

Alpha Software Corporation

70 Blanchard Road, Burlington, MA 01803-5100

781.229.4500 (phone)

781.272.4876 (fax)

Our Mission

Headquartered in Burlington, MA, Alpha Software enables developers to rapidly create and deploy robust and secure business applications for mobile devices and personal computers. Thousands of developers have built tens of thousands of business applications using Alpha's development products.

Press Releases

  1. July 9, 2014
    Alpha Software Selected as One of the AlwaysOn "Global 100 Companies to Watch"

  2. July 9, 2014
    Developer Turns Idea Into a Rich, Data Driven Mobile App in 3 Days Using Alpha Anywhere

  3. June 24, 2014
    Alpha Software Debuts AlphaRef KJV - A High Performance, Responsive App Built in HTML5 with a Low-Code Platform

  4. June 17, 2014
    Alpha Software Recognized As Low Code Development Platform for Customer Facing Applications By Independent Research Firm

  5. May 21, 2014
    Alpha Anywhere Webinar: How to Extend SalesForce by Building Custom Enterprise-class Mobile and Web Applications Fast and Affordably

  6. May 6, 2014
    Major Companies Select Alpha Anywhere for Cross Platform Mobile and Web Application Development Based on Productivity, Usability, Completeness and Total Cost of Ownership

  7. April 29, 2014
    SaaS Companies Aggressively Adopting Alpha Anywhere for Rapid, Mobile and Web SaaS App Development

  8. April 7, 2014
    Alpha Anywhere 2.0 Builds Hybrid Business Apps with One Click

  9. March 3, 2014
    Alpha Software Webinar Featuring Analyst Michael Facemire on Forecasting Time and Costs for Building Mobile Business Apps

  10. February 11, 2014
    Alpha Software Webinar to Highlight "The Five Deadliest Sins" in Mobile Computing

  11. January 8, 2014
    Unveiled: Hot New Training Tools that Help Mobile Developers Get Productive Fast

  12. November 12, 2013
    New Alpha Anywhere Capabilities that Let Businesses Rapidly Build Responsive Mobile Apps

  13. October 9, 2013
    Webinar Series Highlights High-Level Approach to Rapidly Build HTML5 Business Apps for Mobile and the Web Versus Time-Consuming, Low-Level, Coding Required Methods

  14. September 11, 2013
    Alpha Anywhere Speeds Development and Deployment of Secure, Scalable Mobile and Web Business Apps with Cloud Hosting in IBM DataCenters from ZebraHost

  15. September 10, 2013
    Twin Peaks Research and Alpha Software Corporation Announce Training Partnership

  16. September 4, 2013
    Alpha Anywhere Named One of "Seven Tools for Building a Killer Mobile Business App" by IDG’s CITEworld

  17. July 30, 2013
    New Book Series from Liberty Manuals on HTML5 Mobile Web and Hybrid Applications

  18. June 19, 2013
    Dan Bricklin Joins Alpha Software

  19. June 19, 2013
    Alpha Anywhere Release

Our Story

For three decades, Alpha Software has provided the high-quality, dependable products needed to rapidly build scalable, data-driven business applications. Today, the company enables developers to quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively create and deploy robust and secure business applications required for the mobile + desktop web era.

Founded by Richard and Selwyn Rabins in 1982, Alpha Software has attracted an enthusiastic, loyal customer base that has built tens of thousands of mission-critical applications for businesses of all sizes. The company has sold more than one million licenses for its development products. The company took an interesting turn in the late 1990's when it was acquired by Toronto-based SoftQuad. After three years, the Rabins' brothers decided to buy back the company as they believed the tremendous value of its technology and products was not being maximized.

Fast forward to 2013, and the company has attracted some of the software industry's most notable figures to its management and advisor teams. Dan Bricklin, known as the “father of the electronic spreadsheet,” is Alpha Software's chief technology officer, while Joseph Alsop and John Cullinane, each a co-founder of highly successful software companies, are investors and advisors. Alsop is also a member of the board of directors.

Alpha Software has consistently generated a high level of customer satisfaction. In its most recent survey, 96.5 percent of customers said they would recommend Alpha products. In addition, customers reported a 10 times or more performance advantage developing applications with Alpha products versus competing solutions. Developers love Alpha Software products and have remained loyal for many years.

Alpha products have experienced success in the Microsoft Access development community, where developers seek better alternatives to web- and mobile-enable their Access databases. The company's development and deployment environments let developers use existing Microsoft Access databases to quickly and easily build web or mobile applications. In addition, developers using products such as Visual Basic and PowerBuilder have begun turning to Alpha Software.

The company's latest product, Alpha Anywhere, is the first complete environment for rapid development and deployment of robust business applications for mobile devices and personal computers, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, Ultrabooks, and touch-enabled computers. Developers with a wide range of skills can build business applications with Alpha Anywhere. Complete applications can be rapidly assembled using Alpha Anywhere's rich set of simple, intuitive, standards-based components that allow extensive customization. Developers also can build their own objects, methods, components and event handlers in standard programming languages on the client or server side of an application.

Alpha Anywhere is built on the company's robust, secure, standards-based Alpha Five environment, which has been praised by industry publications including Infoworld, Network World, and CIO. Robert Scoble of Scobleizer fame called Alpha Five “revolutionary,” and said it reminded him of “VB and how it changed the world.”

Alpha Software's products have met with critical acclaim. The first version of the company's database application development platform, Alpha Four, received numerous industry awards, including PC Magazine's “Editors' Choice Award" on four separate occasions. The company developed Alpha Works, an office program that combined a spreadsheet, word processor and database, which also won the PC Magazine “Editors' Choice Award,” and eventually was sold to Lotus Development Corp.

As co-chairman and CEO, Richard Rabins manages sales, marketing and strategy. During his 30 years with the company, Richard also found time to co-found and serve as president, and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council. Prior to merging with the Mass Technology Leadership Council, it was the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts, representing more than 500 software companies. Co-chairman and President Selwyn Rabins manages Alpha Software's development efforts and played a critical role in the success of Alpha Four and Alpha Five.

The combined experience of software industry pioneers Bricklin, Alsop and Cullinane gives Alpha Software a huge leg up in development, marketing and sales. As CTO, Bricklin works closely with Selwyn Rabins on the development process. As investors and advisors, Alsop and Cullinane have played key roles in sales, marketing and strategy.

The co-founder of Software Arts, Dan Bricklin, with Bob Frankston, developed VisiCalc, the spreadsheet program that helped launch the personal computing industry. His most recent product is Note Taker HD, a popular iPad note-taking app he wrote in Objective-C for iOS. Dan also developed in JavaScript the full-featured SocialCalc spreadsheet program for Socialtext and the One Laptop Per Child's XO computer. He also is known for the award-winning Dan Bricklin's Demo Program for the IBM PC. Bricklin is a Fellow of both the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer History Museum, and received the IEEE Computer Society Computer Entrepreneur Award for pioneering the development and commercialization of the spreadsheet. He is a founding trustee of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.

Alsop is a co-founder of Progress Software, a global supplier of application infrastructure software used to develop, deploy, integrate and manage business applications. Cullinane founded Cullinane Corporation (later Cullinet), which was the first software product company to successfully complete an IPO. Both Alsop and Cullinane led their respective companies to $1 billion plus valuations.

Alpha Software is the developer's choice for building business applications for mobile devices and personal computers. From its inception, the company has focused on meeting the needs of the developer community. Tens of thousands of developers rely on Alpha Software's products to create mission-critical applications.