This new guest post is brought to us by Max Hornostaiev, CTO of Erminesoft, app development company. Picking a contractor for mobile app development for your business is a very crucial moment. Let’s see what often happens when someone has an idea to develop a mobile application for Android or iOS.
What is the typical contractor choice process for a newbie?
An idea bearer starts to frantically recall familiar programmers to find out whether someone is able to implement their plan. As a result, they find someone who agrees to develop in order not to miss an opportunity to earn extra, despite the apparent absence of the necessary knowledge.
This is where the real “fun” begins. Such contractors do not understand what to do with customers who want to create their first ever mobile application (startups, in most cases). They will not help the client to decide which platform is best to use as a base, for which devices (phones or tablets), what features should the application have and how it should be designed.
Sometimes the customer turns to a familiar company engaged in custom software development, rather than to a dedicated mobile studio. Non-specialists usually cannot provide a full range of mobile app development services for business starting from the idea running to design, to its production and further maintenance, and if they can, it is notably more expensive, as a rule. Even worse, if the contractor hires subcontractors for development, managing them can be a serious handicap. And here the theft of ideas is even possible.
All of these problems could be avoided if the person with the idea to create a mobile application turns to dedicated mobile development experts from the beginning.
Why the development outsourcing is the best option
In case if the project, regardless of its type, involves creation of more or less complex application, to get the required result, it is crucial to have onboard a competent project manager and specialized skilled personnel with experience in building mobile applications.
Employment of an internal programming team and their education in the field of mobile source code development is justified only if the application plays an important role in business. In all other cases, the upkeep of such a crew would be costly and the result is still at risk of being substandard. Thus, the most advantageous option would be to outsource the task of application building to the contractor. Cost to develop an app is a reason for outsourcing, and a good one! Lowering cost and getting an app of high quality seem like a dream come true.
To make an educated choice of contractor one has to find answers to these questions first:
- What should it look like?
- How will it work?
- How complex its business logic would be?
- How many resources can be spared for development?
- What is the timeframe of development?
These answers would help to generate a list of requirements to prospective developers.
Moreover, the developer must:
- Have knowledge in the field of mobile software development and have respective confirmations.
- Provide guarantees of future performance of the software. Equivalent guarantees can include compliances with common technology standards, quality standards, platform standards, device features, modern methods and means of development.
- Confirm that they operate according to the law.
- Provide a clear and reasoned assessment of the estimated project timeframe and costs, and also warrant the immutability of the system.
The most common mistakes in selecting a contractor for mobile development are:
The cheapness of services - many companies are guided by a simple and fundamentally wrong principles of contractor selection, namely “the cheaper, the better.” Of course, everyone wants to save money, but the selection of the contractor based on this principle will bring more problems than benefits as this may affect the quality of services provided.
Betting on the speed of work - if the customer is chasing the fastest possible project execution, then there is an evident risk that the final product will not be of high quality.
The distribution of related tasks between different contractors - a poor option would be to order services for mobile development from several contractors at once. Indeed, in this case, there is a possibility that they would duplicate each other’s functions. This will cause additional faults and increase the overall cost of services.
Not specified technical details or deadlines - as though it may sound paradoxical, but it is still possible to find both customers and contractors, who do not specify the exact deadlines and the technical details of the project before starting work.
The absence of portfolio - the contractor shouldn’t be chosen by the estimated project budget. Neither high nor low price guarantees the excellent quality. It is necessary to check the prospective contractor’s experience in similar developments.
The lack of distinction - if the contractor cannot articulate their proposals in all certainty, it is better to run away from them as far as possible. An established professional must clearly define the terms of the project, call the specific cost of tasks implementation and be able to put forward their suggestions for project improvement.
To be successful, one has simply to avoid the most common mistakes, because each of them is sure to take a lot of nerves, time and money. Do not rely on any incompetent characters in solving serious problems in mobile development.
Gather as much information about the considered contractor company. Remember, none of the most popular and sought after projects is done at once. To grow the business and increase revenues, mobile application’s improvement and its functionality expansion must be constant.