How Does An App Development Work?
Programming an app has become a “must have” due to the importance of mobile devices. A bright side is that apps are the ideal access channel for companies to customers, employees and partners – whether mobile or desktop.
One fact of the downside is that anyone who misses the jump risks his competitiveness and will not meet user expectations in the future. In addition, many companies are not where the customer interacts and communicates: on the smartphone or tablet. They rather wait, instead of becoming active. But companies need to act – if you want to be active, an app can help you maintain your competitiveness.
Develop App? It’s easy!
To program an app, it’s easy! With the risk of losing the competitiveness and the connection in the nape of the neck, the impetus comes over you: “we need an App!” But beware: this impulse can result in a lack of success and a mountain of problems. Often the right strategic approach is missing. But this is absolutely necessary – the app must fit into your strategy and create real added value for your customers. Because: without added value no downloads. In addition, the app development needs solid craftsmanship skills in software development, especially in the areas of:
Design and conception and
The 6 Aspects For A Successful Project Plan
An idea with added value
Whether Steve Jobs or Bill Gates – they have made history and it all started with a brilliant idea. But a good idea alone is not enough. As fast as an app is installed at the touch of a finger, it can just as quickly disappear from the user’s smartphone if it offers no relevant benefit. Of course, this case cannot happen. Therefore, an app idea must be internally critically examined for its benefits and questioned before companies can program an app:
Who is my target audience?
What use does the system have for the company and the user?
Is a good idea an idea with added value?
The trick is to turn an idea into a good idea with added value to get a successful app programmed. Not just for the user, but for the company as well.
Which platform is the right one?
Choosing the right platform is an essential part of app development. On which platform is the target group to be found? In recent years, three platforms have emerged: iOS from Apple, Android from Google and Windows from Microsoft. Each of these platforms speaks its own language, which it optimally understands and for which an app is programmed individually. Therefore, deciding which platform is right for a successful app project that makes economic sense is the deciding factor.
The app is developed individually for each platform. This custom design is native, allowing native performance and full access to device hardware such as camera or GPS. The app can be downloaded from the store and is installed on the smartphone or tablet.
If the Native App Development is too expensive, we offers the hybrid app also which is significantly cheaper in development than native relative and it is a combination of the world’s native and web app. The necessary access to the hardware determines how much native additional code is needed.
The question of the actual and desired
Has the idea been internally critically reviewed and analyzed, and does it meet all the criteria for an app with added value? Then it is necessary to create a specification, which you submit to the project partner. You deal intensively with your idea and concertize the project according to your own requirements and wishes.
What is the current state? What should be? In the specifications, you describe all the requirements of the app and examine the cost-effectiveness, which you as a client do to achieve the project goal. The specifications are the basis for framework conditions to be worked on during the project.
Based on the requirements of the specifications, the project partner draws up a requirement specification.
Testing is important!
Software systems are complex and prone to errors – especially when running on different devices and operating system versions. Therefore, the app is not only tested before the ultimate release test, but also in between the heart and kidneys to take the app as error-free as possible. These interim releases ensure lasting quality management.
A good project partner has devices from the year 2010, but also the current smartphone generations for the testing in the repertoire. All program functions and all possible combinations of input data must be tested. Thus, it is checked whether the app meets the requirements of the clients:
the functionality of the app and
the interaction of the components as well
UI abnormalities, if, for example, a button is too small.
In no case will testing be conducted after a random testing of the functions: All test runs will follow a strictly defined schedule to ensure the maximum functionality of the app. In general, testing can be divided into manual and automated testing. Manual testing is performed by the tester directly on the mobile device according to a defined plan. In automated testing, the tester writes a program that tests the app.
Most Mobile App Development work with data that they want to save. And most of the time, this data should not only be stored on the one device where the app is installed, but in one place, from where it is available for other processes and also on other devices. This is where the so-called backend comes into play – a software accessible via the Internet with a database that stores and manages the data of the apps.
Often the backend of the app is forgotten at first glance – it is not directly visible to the user. Do not make this mistake and plan directly to develop a backend for your apps. The backend can then talk to you about other systems and easily provide the apps with data from your IT environment.
A Never-Ending Story: Lasting Care and Support
A software project is never really finished. The mobile world is always changing. So the app must be adapted to new requirements. That’s the only way the app will run optimally on the new smartphone generations and new operating systems.
In order to effectively use an app, it is important that long-term resources for long-term care and support are available. Only an expert-maintained app will continue to bring real added value and optimize processes in the future.
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