App development cost

One of the most important things for a business to have nowadays, be it a product or a service company, is to have a mobile app. Therefore the importance of app development cost.

The business now will shift its focus on the cost of the app development.

What I have seen in 10 years of app development is that for 70% of the people, app cost is the foremost in their mind when wanting to develop their mobile apps.

App development cost
App development cost

Some of the points that an app developer will ask you to ascertain the app development cost:

Mobile platforms: What OS’s do you want to make the app for ,i.e, iOS, Android, etc?

App features: What are the features you want your app. What are the functions that you want the app to have?

App work flow: How complex is the apps workflow?Screens: How many screens would the app have?

Back end server: Would there be a backend server from with which the apps would interact with?

API’s : Would the team have to develop the API’s for the app-server interaction or would you provide that to them?

Designs: Would the team have to develop the designs (PNG files) for the app or would you provide them?

UI : Would you designs the UI yourself or would you be dependent on the team to develop the UI?

Technology? : Do you want to use native language (e.g native iOS and Android) or a hybrid technology (Ionic, PhoneGap, etc)

One factor that will effect the cost majorly is the engagement model of the project. Fixed price project or time and material based project?

A fixed price project will mean that you know the cost of the enire project before hand itself.

This enables you to plan your finances and is the predictable way of conducting a project as there are no nasty price related surprises later on.

A time and material based project would mean that you will pay based on the actual number of hours worked by the developer.

She charges you on the basis on an hourly rate multiplied by the total number of hours spent o the development.

Depending on your preference and the nature of the project you can chose the best engagement model. For projects which are dynamic in nature, the T&M model is recommended.

A fixed price is effective when all the specs of the project are absolutely clear at the offset.

I would highly recommend going with an experienced and skilled development company even if the price is a bit high.

This will ensure that the development cycle will be stress free for you as well as the quality of the code would be excellent.

Conclusion on the importance of app development cost:

Depending on your preference and budget, you can chose the app development company of your choice to outsource your app development.

My recommendation is to go with a fixed cost model if app development cost is the most important consideration.

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My other article on iOS development is posted here.

Another helpful article that you may find useful is posted here.

Building the first mobile app for your company

It is extremely important that a business have a mobile app in todays economic environment. Therefore the importance of App development makes its mark. Gone are the days when people use to search for fulfilling their requirements on the desk top.

90% of people and companies are using their mobiles to search for companies and apps that fulfil their needs. You either need an iOS or an Android app to meet your mobility needs and also an application development company.

App development
App development
What do you need to do to develop the first app for your company:
  1. Decide whether you want an iOS app OR an Android app or BOTH
  2. Decide what features you want the app to have and what target market you want to address
  3. Select a great app development company to outsource your app development to
  4. Write detailed specs on the features of the app that you can share with the app development company
  5. Ask the app development company for an estimate on the time and cost for developing the app
  6. Once the app is developed, work on a strategy on how you would like to promote the app using digital marketing, SEO, social marketing, etc
  7. Keeping your app upto date in terms of UI, mobile OS versions, improvements, etc

It is also important to not just keep the cost factor in mind while developing an app.

The least costly app development company may not be the best in quality. Always gauge a company by their experience, understanding of the app development strategy you have in mind, communication skills, etc.

This will hold you in very good stead during the life time of the project and in the long term.

I would also recommend doing some research on the latest trends in app development before embarking upon your first mobile app.
It is important to know what are the various trends and technologies in the market so as to make the most appropriate decision.

This article in Forbes could be useful

There are some strategies that you can probably have for what technology you plan to use for the technology to be used for the app.
Some people prefer the app to be developed in native iOS and Android code while some prefer a hybrid technology.

Hope this article helped you.

Read my other article here

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Pros and cons of outsourcing mobile app development

Pros and cons of outsourcing mobile app development

There are several advantages and some disadvantages of outsourcing your application development. Some of the disadvantages maybe that you may not be in touch with your development team on a perpetual basis. Another issue is that you may have not met them face to face. Also, you may not know about their credibility ,etc

But I feel that the advantages far outweigh the cons. The trade off is much better skewed towards outsourcing your non core activity like application development entirely. If you find a ‘good team’ which is the right fit for your app development project, the relationship could last a life time! It could be such a pleasant that they might end up as your extended app development team. It would be more like a family than a vending company.

There may be endless app development outsourcing horror stories. Believing them at face value may be the most foolish pre conceived notion that a corporation CEO may have. He would in that case miss out of the multi pronged benefits of engaging with a skilled and experienced app development team. The key is to identify a good app development team.Also constantly keep monitoring their progress when it come to them handling your projects. Here it would be a good idea to develop a close working relationship with the project manager and the owners,CXO’s,etc of the company you have outsourced too.

To know more please feel free to reach out to me and I will be very happy to help.

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