Mobile app development is no more a buzz now. It’s a trend! Most of the app development companies take up high revenue generating projects. The biggest challenge is to stick to the budget and timeline. Delay in project completion adds up to unnecessary costs. Most of the app development companies and developers do their best to stick to the morale of completing the project within the proposed time and cost. Yet, sometimes due to unavoidable factors or unforeseen influences, these projects may run over the estimated budget. This article would give you an idea on how to ensure that your mobile app development project does not cross the estimated budget.
Important ways to maintain app development projects within the estimated budget
Make plans before starting a project development
Estimation from client requirements
Gather requirements of the project from the client. Once you gather requirements, make sure that these requirement concepts can be developed into reality within the given period of time and resources. Inform your clients if your developers feel that the project has surreal requirements that needs more time / resources.
Estimation from developer requirements
Identify the appropriate compatible operating platform you are going to develop the app for. Create a detailed plan of resources needed and materials required. After gathering all requirements, make a rough estimate of how much your app development project would cost up to. Accordingly, draft a mobile app development budget. Make sure to gather all tools in the initial stages so that, in the future, there will be none or at least will have reduced resource requirement for updates and upgrades. Let the budget team ensure that the tools and resources do not exceed the budget estimated by the client.
Difference in User-Interface (UI) requirements of developing a mobile app within budget
This is one of the most commonly committed mistakes by most of the developers and app owners. The UI requirements of website development and mobile app development is different. Both developments have its own technical complication and communicate differently with networks. Also, mobile app should provide better user experience as compared to a website due to the screen size limitation.
Different infrastructural requirements of mobile app development in budget
Unlike websites, mobile apps require a strong infrastructure to function without lag and delay. In order to achieve a strong infrastructure, mobile app development resources vary from website development resources . These resources differ in terms of front-end tools, back end tools for data storage, maintenance tools, third-party tools, etc. For example, to enhance the user interface (UI), the front-end tools required to develop a website project might be large in cost than the front-end tools required to develop a mobile app. Only when you understand this, small mistakes in resources allocation can be eliminated. This in turn, allow you to save development cost and use resources optimally.
Gauge unforeseen potential possibilities in the future
One another commonly committed mistakes that leads to exceed the estimated budget is the failure of developing apps that can survive with the future technology updates and changes too. Once you gather client requirements, it is crucial to have future opportunities for app expansion in mind. Your developers must take into consideration that apps might need to be upgraded, updated or changed in the future. Your client will either way turn to you in the future when they see a potential technology and if the developed app does not have scope to be updated, changed or upgraded, then you are nearly doomed. This is because, then you have to create a whole new project from the beginning and you will only have to invest more. This is a waste of precious time and money.
Pay attention to the backend infrastructure
When developing apps and working on the project, some developers may not pay attention to the backend features. The on-screen features are not the only ones to develop and maintain. The front-end screen is visible to the user. However, there are functions that must happen at the backend. And, these are not visible to the user. One of the important backend functions to pay attention to is the communication of your app with the server.
In backend, user interaction and data or information must be stored in the server and when required they must be sent from the server to the front-end screen. This means developers need to create an authentication feature for the server to verify if the user who has requested access to a data is authenticate.
For example, features like sign-in and sign-up. When a user signs-in, the server must make a note of it and must record the time of sign-in too. This would come in real handy when a malpractice occurs or if the app fails due to server maintenance, etc.
Conclusion: Formulating a strategy saves time and overrunning of the estimated budget
Some clients may require app development for product-based project. Similarly, some clients may require app development service-based project. First, as a developer, you have to understand the kind of app project your client wants you to develop. Is it product-based or service-based or a mix of both? From time to time, ensure that your app development project is in the right direction. It should not deviate from the plan. Analyze if the decisions made and the decision to be made is appropriate for the app development project and its future possibilities. All of the above will allow your developers to stay on the right approach and plans. It will surely ensure that the app development project do not cross the budget limits.