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You’ve decided to get an app developed- an important first step whether it’s for your business or an internal app for your employees.
The whole process of getting an app developed can be daunting; starting from choosing the software developer, the necessary features, deciding on deadlines and the budget.
As a company which develops apps for SMEs and startups we have picked up a number of things that make your efforts successful:
1. Choosing the Right Developer
Undoubtedly, a very important step of the whole development process is selection of the right app developer. There is a shortage of capable app developers in the market today, finding the talented and the ones invested in your ideas is the key to choosing the right developer. It’s helpful to choose a developer who has had previous experience developing the type of app you want developed. Have them show their portfolio of apps and more importantly similar apps that they have developed previously for their clients. This can help you narrow down your search since someone having worked on a similar project will know better what your requirements are. Consider if the app developer has a reputation for treating the client business as their own while developing the app, it comes to alignment of vision and ideas.This makes the key difference between just outsourcing and having an actual partner that you can work together with.
2. Define your audience
Be clear about your target audience and their needs when developing your application. Start with only the most essential features and gather feedback. Keep in mind who it caters to, who your customers are and what their needs are. Iterate early to avoid spending time building features that your customers will not use.
(Check out our blog post on defining features for an MVP)
3. Be involved
It is recommended to be often involved at most stages of the app development. This will help you address any aspects that you feel need some fine-tuning at the development stage itself. It is highly critical for the developer and client to be on the same page. The closer the work with a client the better the results on the project.
4. The Platform for the App
Knowing your target audience will help with understanding which platform to make your application for. If your users are most likely to use a desktop when using your application then a webapp works best. If you are going mobile then think about a cross platform app. This will help you avoid losing potential customers by only building for one platform initially.
Cross platform apps have become extremely competitive on a variety of factors with native mobile apps. Chat to your app development company or a developer about their recommendations for your use case.
5. Set Deadlines for the Project
Software development usually follows what is known as Agile development. This allows the client and the developer to setup milestones which are tracked and have concrete deadlines. The product roadmap is made out of several of these milestones.
It also keeps the project modular so that it’s easier to manage. Be open to a bit of flexibility, remember that building software is complicated and things don’t always go 100% according to plan.
(Check out our blog post about setting deadlines with your developer)
6. Keep a Budget in Mind
It goes without saying that you need to have a reasonable budget in your hands while getting your app developed. By reasonable we mean something that will not only give you good value but will also not break the bank.
Do your research while deciding on a budget. Also keep in mind that different types of apps cost a different amount of money. If you are comparing prices, make sure that you know what type of app you’re comparing the pricing with.
Developing an app for your business requires a technical partner you can trust; someone who understands your business and is understanding of your goals; a clear objective for the app, the right timeframe for developing the app and of course the right budget.
Things to remember if you are about to have your app developed:
- Choosing the Right Developer
- Define you audience
- Be involved
- The Platform for the App
- Set Deadlines for the Project
- Keep a Budget in Mind
For more insightful information on getting you app ready check out our blog post on the ultimate checklist to launch your app.