Selecting mobile app developers is hard. It is almost same as selecting a painter for your house or a mechanic to fix your car. In addition to delayed project and lost monies, you will have to live with your decision for foreseeable future. A wrong decision could cause you to lose your business or even costly law suites.
So what should you look for in a mobile app developer. (BTW – Quora has a number answers but most of those are self-serving ads – plugs. Check here.)
The single biggest factor in any successful project is two types of domain expertise – business domain and technology domain. Business domain is your (customer’s) domain – like healthcare with HIPAA, retail commerce, financial expertise, etc. Whereas technology expertise is backend tech stack, frontend UI, hosting and deployments.
Must Have Domain Expertise For Mobile App Development
- iOS Development
- Android Development
- Combination of Node.js, MongoDb, Microsoft .NET, MS SQL Server, MySQL
- Linux, Windows Deployment
- Github or Bitbucket
Among others the following expertise may be required
- Device Specific Abilities
- Video processing
- Audio processing
- Geo abilities
Development Process and Team Approach
You want your developer to have a team to support. A team is not just set of mobile app developers. You also need non-technical people in the team like project manager, designer, test engineer, documentation person. A good team will ensure your project is discussed and many-many thing that you never thought of are identified and handled properly.
Adherence to Cost and Budget
You want your mobile app developer to not only not cost you a lot of monies, but also be cost conscious and ensure they are following best practices. At the same time, you don’t want your team to hire newbies and therefore produce a mediocre product. They have to ensure your product is done right, well thought and is able to scale up to load as needed.
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