There are a number of dependencies when it comes to deciding whether to hire a dedicated, independent mobile apps developer or an apps development agency for your next project. There are budgets to consider, skill sets to be evaluated and preferences to be matched. The developers you select must not only have the expertise required to build the app, but also have adequate knowledge of your business in order to convert it into a fully functional mobile app.
So, if you are looking for developers to help your business go mobile, here are a few tips to help you select the right ones:
An impressive portfolio is definitely a positive sign. The developer should be able to show you apps with different styles, innovative designs and a variety of industrial verticals. Most of the apps should already be on the popular app stores, and hence you should be able to download them and check them out for yourselves. Talk to the developer and ask how each app was created – the process, the design and the testing and deployment – everything is important.
Mobile app development skills
You must look for a developer who specializes in the platforms you are supporting. For example, if you are building an iOS app, make sure that the developer is an expert in Objective C or Swift or Xcode. In case of Android apps, the developer must know Java and Eclipse or the Android Studio. Also check out the expertise in coding, design, product management, marketing and more. The developer should be able to think about your business logic and effectively convert it into an app.
Pricing and terms
The price of an app usually depends on the complexity of the features that are required. It also depends on the resources that will be required. While selecting an app developer, you will need to also check out the timeline that is specified and the proportionate cost that is quoted. Low cost options might not always be the best. There should be a balance between the cost, skills, timeline and the results.
Communication is the key. If the developer is not able to accurately respond to your questions and queries, it may be very difficult to work long term without proper communication. The developer should also take the time to explain certain features and why they are required in your app. Their enthusiasm levels should match yours – only then you can work in collaboration to build a successful app. Other than that the developer should provide you with regular project status reports so that you know exactly where your project stands.