Businesses today are increasingly using enterprise apps to capitalize on consumers’ growing preference for mobile phones as a medium of engagement. This trend, in turn, is driving a surge in demand for companies that specialize in app development. While large multinational firms may have the resources to develop these apps internally, a greater majority of businesses have to, instead, rely on a mobile app development company. As such, it’s becoming imperative for these firms to understand the key things to consider before choosing a mobile app development company to work with. Here we bring you 7 tips to help you make that choice.
- Review portfolio of completed projects: One of the first things you should take into consideration is the number of years of experience a company has in the field. Ask also for a portfolio of past projects that the company has worked on. Are there any apps they’ve developed that you can check by downloading them from different app stores? This will help you determine if the firm is the best fit for your project needs.
- Understand technological capability and expertise: Find out if the mobile app development company has the capability and the resources to build different app types that come with the features and complexity you seek. You must also check if the company is equipped to build an app that can function well on the platform and operating system (OS) of your choice, or on multiple platforms and multiples OSs.
- Allocate a flexible budget: Building a premium mobile app – one that your customers will love – will obviously come at a price. So, make sure you have a flexible budget that you can work with to be able to explore a wider variety of pricing plans and options. Also, be aware of minimum project size requirements, as a sizeable number of development companies come with an average minimum project size of $5,000-$10,000. (https://clutch.co/app-developers/resources/cost-build-mobile-app-survey)
- Understand approaches to design and user experience: For an app, the design and user experience (UX) are critical, as they determine how customers will engage with the product. So, take the time to let prospective development firms know what kind of visual design and UX you’re seeking. Ask them for a detailed overview of how they would approach these crucial requirements. This will help you determine if both of you are on the same page.
- Ask about the level of involvement: You need to be as involved in the mobile app development process as the company charged with developing it. As such, ask when and how often you would be expected to provide your inputs, and also when and how often and at what stages the company will provide project updates. In addition, find out the overall involvement you can expect from the company at various stages of the project, from the ideation and guidance phase to the design, development and eventual release stages.
- Find out about the maintenance and technical support policy: After your app is launched, you will need to release regular updates to either add additional features and functionality or fix any bugs or technology issues. That’s why you need to learn early on about the company’s post-launch, maintenance, and technical support policies.
- Ask about project management practices and timelines: Seek out an app development company that adopts nimble project management tactics and uses a variety of tools to enable collaboration and effective communication throughout the lifetime of the project. Also, find out who would be the dedicated point persons for your project and what level of communication you can expect from them. Most importantly, ask for an estimate of the time it would take to complete the project.
An effective mobile app development company is likely to respond promptly to any questions you pose and offer inputs during the hiring process itself. This level of communication is crucial because, in the end, the speed and nature of their responses are likely to be the most effective way to gauge if the company is as committed to the project as you’d like them to be.