4 Keys to Eliminating Risk When Outsourcing Mobile App Development
Sep 29, 2014 |
Mobile apps are one of the hottest areas for software development, meaning there is tough competition but also big rewards for those who can make an app that connects with people.
When you're considering outsourcing mobile app development, each step in the mobile app process needs to be done right from conception of your apps design to finding the right developers.
If your company is about to make a mobile app, here are 4 tips to keep you on track for your project.
Define a Clear Goal for Your Mobile App
Although there is a highly creative element inherent to mobile app design, it’s important to keep a clear organizational structure so your app is finished on time. The first step you’ll want to take is defining your goal and what steps you can take to make this goal a reality.
Ask yourself what do you want this app to do and what users will be able to gain from it. Once your goal is defined, outsourcing mobile app development will be much easier from there.
Identify Important Design and Functionality Elements
Try to understand what you want the end product to look like, and what function it can serve in the mobile app market. You want to have an interface that represents your software product in the best light, but also make sure that your product accomplishes something for the user.
It’s also important to make concrete concepts before you start the design process. Otherwise, you will waste valuable time reworking your design and changing things once your team has invested time and energy into a project. Be clear about what you want with a quality prototype.
What Technical Requirements Are Needed
You must figure out what kind of code you’ll be using for backend development if your mobile app will connect with a server in the cloud. Will it be Java, Ruby, C++, or a mixture of several languages? What APIs will your app need to use from other services in the cloud?
Are you going to design your mobile app for more than one phone or tablet platform, or just focus on Android or iOS? What kind of system requirements will your app need to run properly?
These issues need to be ironed out, or at least discussed with your outsourced development team beforehand to ensure outsourcing mobile app development will work well for you.
Find a Development Team that Meets Your Projects Needs and Requirements
Finding the right outsourced development team means recruiting the right mix of people and skillsets needed to successfully complete your mobile application. Looking beyond the domestic market for foreign programmers with ample know-how can help reduce your costs, but it's important to pick the right programmers for the job.
Ultimately, finding the right team is key to any successful mobile app project.
As CEO, Andy leads and advocates for the globalization and collaboration of great software teams with companies in search of talent, innovation and a globally-distributed extension of their engineering function and culture. Andy founded the ground-breaking nearshore software development services company, Isthmus Costa Rica. He began his global software services career as a division manager at Cognizant during their early formative years.
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