5th January 2019
This is a question we’re willing to bet most software developers are asked multiple times a week. And it’s one that we can understand businesses wanting to know the answer to. However, the answer is often ‘how long is a piece of string?’.
Every app is different, and your specific requirements will impact the development work required and therefore its cost.
But don’t worry, we’re not going to leave it there. Business Matters recently put together a helpful article about how to budget for app development, so this should give you some tips on how to plan for developing a bespoke app for your business.
So, if you’ve decided that 2019 is the year you’re going to commission bespoke software in Hull and the app that goes with it, make sure you take the following steps to plan ahead.
The first piece of advice is to define the purpose of your application. To do this you need to be very clear on who your users are, what problems they face, and what they absolutely need to be able to do with your app, as well as what you’d like them to be able to do with your app.
Prioritising at this stage will give you a solid base to go to a software development company with and start discussing your project and associated costs.
Remember that different kinds of apps will, of course, cost a different amount. An app for internal use, for instance, will be a very different project to one that is designed to be consumer facing and rolled out to thousands of people.
Explore the functionality and technical complexity of your app too. These factors will have a big impact on how much it’s going to cost to develop.
“Defining and documenting the requirements, both technical and functional, early on in the process can really help you efficiently allocate your resources. Plus, detailed specs usually yield a more accurate estimate,” the magazine stated.
If you’re not sure about this side of things, work with software consultants to help you define the details. Yes, this might cost more, but it is likely to mean you get the app you want, rather than one that doesn’t meet your needs.
Once you begin the development process, you need to keep an eye on how much you’re spending. A top tip is to start by developing the bare bones of an app that offers core functions, but with the ability to add extra features as your business grows or you raise additional funds.
That way you can scale it as your company expands, and it allows you to keep tighter control on your expenditure in the early stages, a point when your business may not have vast funds available.
If you want some inspiration, take a look at the top apps as named by Google recently. The tech giant picked out some of the most popular apps for Android phones. Among them is language-learning app Drops, which picked up Google’s Best App of 2018 award and was described as “beautifully designed and universally useful” by a Google spokesperson