One of the most important factors to consider when a business finally acknowledges its need for an app is to see what it will cost. And what are the factors that determine these costs, it usually depends on certain circumstances. When you ask for a quotation by a mobile development organization, it is usually after telling them what you want. And the information you provide regarding your requirements of the app actually constitutes the price they quote. So here are some of the factors which add up to the cost of having a mobile app developed.
Depending on Level of Complexity
The basic way of putting how many features you require from an application can refer to the complexity of an app. There are three basic levels of complexity you can expect prior to app development:
The most simplistic version of an application, with minimal possible features if you only want to exist in an application store. It can contain two to three tabs, your company’s information, contact details, etc. These are usually built on already available designs for themes and layouts.
A slightly better and better-executed application for intermediate level customers. It contains multiple windows, elaborate product or service information, some built-in customer support services, along with customized graphic design.
The advanced level app for the companies that require professional services embedded in their applications. This can mean accessing third-party platforms for completing a transaction like including payment partners, logistics support, location services etc. A complex application can be modified up to its core and this is where true creativity happens. These also include complicated gaming applications and so much more.
Breakdown of Value-Adding Activities
The more elaborate you want your application, the more options you would explore to add in it. These options could be divided into some categories which usually are there to add some substantial value to your application. And having these value-added activities would increase the cost to some extent. Some of them could be toned down to cut costs, but some of them are absolutely necessary.
Whether it is buying groceries or getting a new apartment, everything starts with an elaborate planning process. In case of application development, when a client identifies his need for a mobile app and sketches a rough idea in his head, this is planning.
In the case of corporate clients, the customer’s idea is well documented in the form of a BRS (Business Requirement Specifications). It includes but is not limited to the details regarding target customers, client’s business profile, market conditions as well as industrial research, and analysis.
At this stage, the plan from the client is finalized, documented, theorized not practically implemented. If the client is not equipped to make a formal BRS, our business team helps them to shape their documentation, taking input and polishing the customer’s ideas.
● Requirement Functionalities, Features
After receiving the BRS, we perform a requirement analysis. This means translating the hypothetical requirements from clients into actual technical specifications. This elaborate documentation named SRS (Software Requirement Specifications) is generated to turn an idea into reality.
The things that are technically not possible are questioned, scenarios are made from which the clients choose which one would be a better alternative. A formal SRS contains a series of documents including FS: Functional Specifications and so much more.
The first phase of designing is creating a Wireframe or Storyboard. It can be visualized as a black and white view for showing the assembling the technical requirements. It takes about 1 week and then modifications are made according to customer’s input. The lesser the ambiguities in BRS and SRS, lesser modifications are required. This phase is equivalent to sketching an image before colors are added.
Then comes the phase 2 of this designing, where then themes, animations and colors are added as the top layer. This is an undeployable prototype only viewable for visual appeal observation purposes.
Taking the blueprints into a reality, this is the phase where the resources are take together and kept where they belong. In our construction example, this is where the labor gathers resources and raw materials and puts them in the right place in right amounts so the development process goes smoothly. For this purpose, many supporting platforms are available from tech giants. We, at AtomicSkills use the Apple’s Architecture Viper, as it is considered the top of the line platform for building an application with superior results.
The most important phase of making a mobile application is its development. Imagine you have a building to construct, then putting the blocks together and binding them with cement would be the possible analogy of what development is to a mobile app. If you have more people on the team, it will take lesser time. But it will increase the cost of the project.
In mobile applications, there are two major types of development Front end development and back end development. Back end usually refers to the coding mechanisms performed in the background providing the functionality to the app. Whereas the front end development emphasizes on the coding required to align the looks and feels or the visual appeal of the app. Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Machine learning is included in back ends. The front end development includes UI UX.
● App Administration
An application comprises multiple data flows and data storage options and it needs consistent monitoring. This is the reason why formal app administration teams exist. To check any anomalies in the data flow, App administration refers to the data monitoring, inlets outlets storage via control panels
After an app is finally formed, several testing procedures take place on several levels. As in a construction project, the labor analyzes the work done first, similarly, unit testing is done in which developers perform testing themselves. Then the contractor performs final testing, which in this case is a Quality Assurance team. Then the customer analyzes the app, tells the mistakes and modifications and the cycle continues.
● Final Deployment
When all testing phases are complete and errors are minimized to their fullest capacity, then the final application is made available at the application stores. Where it is available for download publically, After the final deployment, the customers start using the application leaving user reviews which assist in a better decision making
● Maintenance and Support
The story lives on happily ever after, as the development of mobile apps is not a limited time-based project. As technological advancements arise, many of the problems are with it as well. Mostly because of the complaints concern the customers and creating a better application or users is certainly the top most priority.