What to Look for in a Mobile App Developer for your Business
Mobile computing has revolutionized the world. With interconnected devices communicating via the Internet of Things, with wearables poised to potentially replace the smartphone, and with a plethora of mobile applications customized to different user needs, for a large number of people around the world, lives revolve around their being connected.
Starting the day with an alarm set on your phone that tells you the weather and news in real time, to browsing the day’s periodicals, listening to music, responding to emails and text messages, watching videos, taking photographs, tracking workouts, and playing games — all on one device, the small but mighty mobile app enables users to do it all.
The power of the right app comes from well designed software and a solid development team that can take your vision from ideation to launch and beyond.
But knowing what to look for in a competent developer can be tricky, especially when you know an app can help take your business to new heights.
If you believe the right mobile application would increase the reach and potential of your business, and you want to keep up with your competitors who already are doing business using mobile computing tools, you’ll need to find the right developer to help you make your vision a reality. The right developer can help you hit the ground running in a number of key areas:
- Mobile applications are becoming increasingly cloud-based, storing most data in cloud storage rather than your smartphone’s memory
- Virtual assistants are now mainstream, with the increasing ability to interpret human speech patterns and even emotion. Media playback can be controlled, email can be read and answered, and phone calls made or answered using voice commands.
- Financial transaction processing using mobile devices for e-commerce, reservations, and booking is rapidly increasing as well, and is also increasingly being controlled by voice.
- Instant Apps are big this year – simple to install and consuming less memory than many current applications, while AMP – Accelerated Mobile Pages – make browsing easier than ever.
If you want to get a mobile app designed for your business but don’t know where to start, you’ll want to find a mobile app developer that knows how to scope a project, evaluating feasibility, fine-tune features, and create a roadmap with concrete milestones.
Developing a mobile application requires close collaboration between the client and the development team, so be sure to find a developer that believes in a democratic design process and keeps you in control of the vision of the project.
Also look for a developer with lean business practices that help keep costs down, both in terms of development hours as well as eliminating unnecessary procedures.
Many mobile development companies work on a loyalty basis, often developing several applications for a single company. A good development company will offer designing, developing, publication, and maintenance services for your application, and they will perform analytics on the use of the application, testing it in real time, and will also optimize its visibility in the app store.
Look for a developer that can do all this, and you’re well on your way to a successful venture.