Today every other company is developing an iPhone app and it has been the craze of the day. Now if you are also planning on an iPhone app this article is definitely worth the 5 minutes that you would need to read it through.
a) What’s the use of the app for your business?
b) What kind of people the app would cater to? Are they your target customers?
c) Whether a smartphone app is best suited for your business product or services?
d) Are there any existing app similar to the one you want to build and how your application will be different from the existing one?
Answers to the above questions will make you focus on your app idea and give you a clear picture on whether developing an app is the right kind of investment for your business. Also, this would help you to create a proper documentation / functional spec of your app that any developer would like to see.
The second challenge in developing an app, is to find a good iPhone developer. While they are available in plenty all over the web, selecting the wrong guy can cost a fortune both in terms of money as well as lost opportunity. So let’s take a look at how to hire the right developer.
The scope of your app will decide the type of iPhone developer you need to hire. If you have a large app idea (in terms of functionality) then it is advisable to go for an established agency or a development group to handle it. If the scope of your app is small then you can search for freelancers via classified websites.
Whether you are working with a app development company or a freelancer, you should look at the following points before you make a call:
a) Credibility : Find out how long they have been in business and how many clients have they served
b) Specialty: There are a lot of web development companies now jumping on to the mobile bandwagon just to make some extra money. Is your developer one such newbie or are they a specialized mobile development company?
c) Portfolio: How Many and How Good? How many apps have they developed? How is the quality of the apps? Do you see any app in the portfolio that has similar functionality to yours?
d) References: Are they able to provide verifiable reference from their previous clients?
e) IP Rights: An app is largely about concept. Even if they develop the app, it should be you who hold the Intellectual Property rights on the app. Also, the developer should be giving you all the source code for the app. Make sure you confirm these before signing on the dotted line.
f) Future Expansions: Does your development partner work only on one platform or do they work on multiple platforms? What if you want to expand the app in to other mobile platforms – are they able to support you?
Working with first time developers often gets you unbelievably cheap rates but without any prior experience it might be a bumpy ride. It solely depends on you and whether you would want to be a developer’s first client.
Lastly, don’t compromise on quality in a rush to get the app in the market. It is important to reduce your time-to-market in the Appstore however, if you take the time to develop a spectacular app with an expert iPhone application developer, chances are that your app would definitely be a success and your customers will be more than impressed the first time itself.
Author’s Bio: The article is contributed by iPhone Application Development Company [x]cube LABS.