Ensuring the Successful Delivery of a Mobile App.
Whether it is for a startup or an IT corporation, for developing a complete application or enhancing an existing one – there are a number of important criteria on the road to a successful mobile app.
Timing in the dynamic world of mobile applications is crucial. You cannot afford to miss the market opportunity – you have to get there first – otherwise someone else will beat you to it.
You also have to stick to your budget, so make sure you choose a truly capable development provider.
If your targets are not met in time – you will be late penetrating the market and you will go over your budget.
Choosing the Best Provider
We cannot tell you who to choose as the best provider, but when interviewing possible providers, you need to discuss the following issues:
- The development and programming team must be highly experienced IT professionals
- Ask to only pay upon delivered success. The providers’ response will show you how confident they are (or are not)
- The provider team must have an object-oriented design for the project that is both structured and scalable
- Ensure the team’s implementation plan fits all of the desired user functionalities
- The original design must be able to support an extension of the application (additional features) in the future
- The next phase, portability and critical code – explanations following
The Next Phase
Even while planning the initial stages of development, you must think ahead to the “next phase” – when your application becomes a huge success!
That is when you will want to enhance your app, support more platforms, and add additional features, but unfortunately, that could be exactly when you find out that 80% of your project has to be rewritten, as many developers tend to write a “quick and dirty” first version code (mainly because they can).
So be careful not to find yourself with a code that is neither scalable not maintainable, and definitely not portable.
In order to ensure future portability, the provider team must have in-depth knowledge of all native mobile platforms, including Objective-C for iOS, Java for Android, and C# for Windows 8 Mobile. Each platform has its own unique characteristics that must be considered right from the start.
One might think that all mobile operating systems – and computers for that matter – are the same. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all. However, when it comes to mobile programming, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Following are some of the significant issues that must be addressed, to name just a few:
- Memory management in a limited resource environment
- Battery usage and low battery use
- Performance consideration using JNI frameworks
So make sure your provider is highly familiar with these issues.
The last aspect of choosing a provider is the long term aspect. You want to choose a provider that you can work with over a long period of time. After all, when your app becomes a success, the last thing you want to do is start replacing your development team. That could be very risky – not to mention time consuming and money draining.
That is why we suggest you choose an established company over a freelancer, a local company over an offshore organization, and a committed team of developers who do not chop and change jobs constantly.
If you have any questions, please contact us and we would be happy to offer our advice.