Considering today’s scenario, with so many app development companies around, it’s natural for you to get muddled while choosing a development company who can work according your taste and budget. As we are living in an app frenzy world, a business relationship with an app development company is not about one time affair, rather, it should be a long-term business relationship, where they understand your goal, scope and value as much as you do.
At the end of the day, it’s not about money alone, it’s about value, too. Money well spent should reap the value.
Here we list out five factors that could help you in choosing an app development company. There are no hard and fast rules you must follow, but creating a rudimentary roadmap before you set up a business deal with them is imperative.
The cost factor
There is a reason why this is on top of the stack.
Not many blindly splurge huge money to build an app, unless they’re a multinational corporation. On average, most of us are stickler for cost-effectiveness. You love a company’s profile and portfolio. You proceed with them, only to realize later that they don’t work with your kind of budget. Some app development companies have fantastic body of work, but could be way too expensive for your budget.
So, before finalizing your app developer, it is crucial to know what is your budget and check if that company is flexible in costing. This could save you a lot of time.
Do they love IDEAS?
So, you’ve shortlisted a company who can work within your budget. It’s time to check out how much they care about your idea.
There are several Android and iOS apps development companies. Look for a company which nurtures your idea as much as you do. Coming out with their own ideas is fine – but only up to an extent. Their ideas should aid your goal. End of the day, it is your idea. If a company is ready to embark on a journey with you to bring out the product just as you’ve envisioned, well, they could be your best bet.
Client references & feedback
Most companies get a bit carried away when they talk about themselves. Keeping aside what they claim to be, it is important for you to check their client references. Look for development companies that are willing to give out their contact information of their clients for you to check. Through this you can come to know about their clients.
Bear in mind that some companies would not be forthcoming to hand you the details. This does not mean they are bad. It could be their company policy. Some companies do give out this information, however, there is no harm is asking them about some client references.
If you do get client references, you could really gain some interesting insights about the company.
Detailed design process
Each company has its own app designing structures. While some simply don’t. It is important to see how a company approaches a project, especially when it comes to designing because this is a crucial area which determines the usability aspect of your app.
It is not a bad idea to ask for their design approach, which will give you an idea about the development trajectory. Check if they mind map it correctly, understand personas, vision and goal of the your end product, how the validation is done and so on.
It will be even better if the company is willing to give you the blueprint of the design approach, as this will serve as a working plan and an idea about the entire design framework.
A word of caution about source code
Scenarios vary on this one. But the important question remains. Who owns the source code?
Some developers prefer to retain the codes they developed, but in most cases it’s the client who will have the ownership of the codes/intellectual property.
Straight to the point. It is always crucial for you (the client) to have the ownership of the source code. Why? Because you can update and fix issues with app anytime you want with anybody without seeking anyone’s authorization. You are the owner of your app. In case if you’ve not set the terms in the beginning, some developers can later claim to the owner of the codes. This can end in a painful tug of war.
So, it is important to decide and set down the terms in writing, saying you will be the owner of the source code before the actual process of development kick-starts.
If the developer insists on taking the ownership of the code, move on to another developer.
We believe you must’ve got an idea about what to look for before you decide on an app development company. iPhone (or other platform) app developers are abundant, so before you decide, do you own research, add more points to your ‘to check’ list and then take the next step.