Programming an app is a task which requires hard work and dedication still it’s not as difficult as its percepted, though its efficiency often depends heavily on the range of functions, the field of application and the platforms used. Depending on the development requirements and needs of your business, you will have to decide between native or cross-platform apps. Each platform uses its own programming language and environment. This is why it is important to hire an app developer. And as your strategy, objectives, target, and platforms of your future app are determined, the basic work starts for the developer.
What an app developer does
With a professional developer, you as a customer get valuable expertise, which is based upon many years of experience – in the development as well as the conceptualization. Just like a carpenter builds a built-in wardrobe individually to your needs and requirements – so a good developer individually develops a great app with added value for you. Whether graphic artist, project manager or developer – the employee base is an expert in its field and project managers lead structured through the course of the project.
It’s of crucial importance that you bring out maximum passion while your app if being crafted from your developer, because the art of creating and developing an app requires a general interest and a symbiotic relationship between the team which leads to the production of something beautiful.
Whether you already have an app that needs to be developed further or you want to develop a completely new app, an app developer will be at your side as a reliable partner and can help you reach the goal.
Benefits of hiring an app developer from an app development company
You save your internal resources when you hire an app developer from an app development agency that specializes in the area required. Most likely your own developers do not have the time to work on a whole new field of work like app development – and how do you rate the work? Often, this results in projects that never finish or are considered to be a “debut”. Either way, chances are good that a developer is the cheaper solution compared to internal development. Finally, save yourself the exhausting spin-up phase for a new team and new technologies as you use a seasoned team of experts. The efficiency benefits therefore even amortize the relatively high hourly rates that a professional developer must call for your app.
Professional approach and better outcome
App development companies only employ skillful and passionate developers. Depending on the project complexity and objective the team connects you the most suitable developer for you. Your app development will most probably be handled by a whole team of intelligent and technology geeks or enthusiasts who will do wonders with your requests.
Hiring an app developer that is already an employee of a company that offers app development services has the benefit of finishing your project in time and being dedicated to each process of your app development. There’s also no risk of unfortunate events that will make your work stuck in a sensitive stage and make you postpone the launch. Because the company takes care of submitting specialists in case your first developer becomes unavailable for various reasons.
There’s a whole team behind you app developer, and that will save you a lot of research and brainstorming time because it will all be handled by people who know what they’re doing. You will have the advantage of focusing in other stages of your app development such as completing and perfectionising you marketing strategy, your launch ideas and your after launch activities, which will be very rewarding after the things start getting hectic.
Avoiding strategic risks of outsourcing
Your app should become a strategically important element of your company strategy. This means that it has to be available and maintained for a long time and that it will have to work on the latest generation of smartphones in 5 years’ time. How to ensure the development for such a long time horizon?
The solution must be that you have control over the app and can decide when and where to evolve it. If necessary, you must be able to entrust an internal team with the development. Therefore, it must be obvious that the source code and rights of your app also belong to you.
In addition, let the developer incorporate and train one of your employees in app development. Because good app developers pass on their knowledge and train their customers to minimize their strategic risks.
What to look for in App developers
Conception and advice
What does your app look like and how does it feel? An app is about interactions that are fun and a great design. That’s why working with experienced graphic artists and UX experts is essential for a great user experience. An app developer must have a graphic design and UX experience, an expertise which accompanies the project from the beginning and bring valuable counsel and guidance on your path to successful app launching.
Tip from Vasile of Creative27: Make sure the designer you choose to hire specializes particularly in app design. For an app is something completely different than a print product. Underestimating these differences will result in poor apps and significant additional costs, as elaborate special pathways in development must be pursued.
Structured and experienced project managers coordinate the entire project phase and communicate with you in the desired degree. In short: as much as you want. You as a customer are not faced with the huge challenge of having to coordinate the app project directly with the developers – the project manager takes over this task for you. It is essential to have an active project manager who is always there for you. He supervises the app project intensively and acts as a direct contact person with you. It keeps an eye on resources and keeps the project running smoothly so you get what you want, not a semi-finished project.
Quality can only be guaranteed by means of testing, which also penetrates the deepest pore of the app. The tester does not test your app indiscriminately, but testing takes place according to a defined testing plan. Your app is put through its paces – not just at the end before the big release, but also in between. These interim releases enable sustainable and lasting quality management throughout the app development process. And that’s hugely important to guarantee the maximum functionality of your app.
Native, web, hybrid app or cross platform development? There is the right tool for every app project. But the tools are different. Should it be a native app, hybrid app or even a cross platform development? The developer must be able to control the right tool for your project and decide which tools are right for your app project.
Offshore or local developer?
“Offshore mobile app development” – this search term brings Google almost nine million results. There has been a flourishing market that works and has some nice benefits in store. The offshore model can work well and be successful if you are willing to put a lot of time, effort and money into project management. In addition, as a customer, you need to know exactly what you want from your app, and formulate those requirements in an absolutely watertight specifications.
The offshore developer delivers a supposedly finished app and from this time begins for you another work block. You must validate that the app actually has the required features and quality. Whether India, Ukraine or China – offshore app development requires a goal-oriented offshore strategy.
Offshore development is worth a try if you have resources of your own and want to invest a lot of time, patience and effort. If your internal team is busy or has no experience with offshore development, this is not an option in the thriving dynamic day-to-day business, unless you hire a professional employment organization. An app developer that understands your requirements, addresses you as a customer and is a reliable partner for you, can only be obtained on site.
In addition, local development has the following advantages:
- Personal visits possible – be it visits to the developer’s project team at your site or vice versa,
- The interpersonal and cultural levels are right,
- The project partner has a face and is quick and easy to access for milestone discussions or interim releases.
How to work successfully with an app developer
Addressing requirements the right way
Formulate your requirements for the app precisely in the requirement specification. Get to know your target group, the benefits to be achieved and thus the functions of your app and find the requirements that you need. If you don’t know where to start: Start where you want to use the app and put yourself in the position of the end user. Once you have specified your app project logically and precisely, collaboration is easy: If required, an exact fixed price can be calculated and even with an agile approach, time and budget estimates are more precisely possible.
Preliminary project for conception
If your requirements are not yet very precise, you have more flexibility. But take into account that more time must be allocated during the project to control your app project. That’s why good developers offer you a preliminary project to find out what you really want and need for your app. Precise requirements can be found in the preliminary project and the graphical concept can be made. As a reliable and helpful partner, the app developer helps you to draw up a specification sheet if you do not yet have precise requirements and you do not yet have the necessary app development know-how.
On time delivery
You’re probably familiar how frustrating delayed projects by developers who neglect the importance of timelines and systematic work can be and the consequences they bring. The project is never finished or put into standby mode indefinitely. To minimize this risk, the app developer must show you intermediate results – and not after six months. It is much better if you receive the intermediate results every two weeks. At the very beginning, however, it is common to skip one or two deliveries of intermediate statuses, since you first have to develop the basic structure of the app. Afterwards, you will receive the intermediate results every two weeks as a test version of the app.
A partnership based on trust also requires transparency and enables you, even if you do not use it, to have control over the real work progress. If you wish, you have visual rights to the internal task management system: Which developer is currently working on which task? In addition, you get access to the source code of your app – at any time.
The developer needs honest feedback to develop your app according to your needs! Allow sufficient time for acceptance and important reviews and to accompany the project as an active partner. Ideally, you should not only test the app yourself, but also obtain test users from the later, real target group. App developers play a very important role in your business.
The developer you hire will manifest your app strategy into implementation, it is therefore important that you pay special attention in the process of hiring one. Rushing to hire a developer with third recommendations or without taking previous considerations in order to start off your project as soon as possible will affect the outcome of the project badly.
The tips above are presented so that you will be able to assess the capabilities of your candidate and select the one that best suits your needs who will fit your business perfectly.
Rilind Elezaj is an experienced a Digital Marketing Specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the marketing and advertising industry. Rilind possesses a strong entrepreneurial mindset and has devoted his career to enhancing the sphere of digital marketing. In his methodological approach, Rilind integrates web development and other digital marketing solutions to create hybrid strategies that bring the best results.