C-Suite Agenda

Factors CEOs Must Consider While Hiring an App Development Company

“How can I create an app for my business?”, “How can I make mobile presence of my brand?,” – Such questions have become mainstream these days. Today, almost every CEO, regardless of the type of target audience or industry they are into, are turning towards mobile technology. They are realizing the importance of mobile apps for business growth and are planning to embrace the technology into their business model.

They are turning towards reputed mobile application development companies to ensure that their mobility solutions enjoy the limelight in the market.

But, is this so easy?

With millions of options around and no sound knowledge of technical world, it might sound something next to impossible. However, with the factors listed in this article, the process can be as easy as pie. But, before you scroll down to know the factors, let me share that having a market knowledge and validating your app idea is really effective. So, do not skip these steps. With this covered, let’s begin with the factors that can help you find the finest mobile app development agency:-

  1. B2B Rating and Review Platforms
    Hundreds of search results available on Google make it tough to decide which mobile app development service provider to hire. To cut down the process, various B2B rating and review platforms like AppFutura, Clutch, and GoodFirms do survey and share a list of top app development agencies in particular regions as well as across the globe. So, look ahead to such lists and smoothen the process.
  2. Location
    Believe or not, the location also make a huge difference in taking the decision. This is because the difference in location results in change in time zone, which further affect the communication level.  Besides, there are some locations with the finest of developers offering cost-effective mobility solutions. While, on the flip side, there are some countries where developer cost high but delivers average services. So, it is again imperative to consider location while coming to a conclusion.
  3. Expertise and Experience
    Another factor that CEOs must keep in mind while choosing a mobile app development partner is expertise and experience. This is because with an app development company with expertise in creating apps for a particular platform or using any specific technology can offer better insights and quality of the services. Likewise, more experience in the industry indicates that the company has faced and mitigated various challenges associated with the development process. Something that can give you an assurance that the app developers will handle all the critical situations and ultimately, deliver you the best mobile application development services.
  4. Portfolio
    A portfolio acts as a window to the experience of app development companies. It helps you to get a clarity of the type of applications they have developed, the tech stack they have worked with, the industries they have served, the ROI gained, and more. Something that can eventually help you to predict the future of your app idea when hired that company.
  5. Client Feedback
    When it comes to selecting an app partner, getting the right services is not enough. Having a smooth relationship also matters.  So, to know what type of business relationship any mobile app development agency maintain, it is better to connect with their earlier clients. After all, they have an experience of working with these companies and can provide you inside scoops.

  6. Development Time and Cost
    Depending on the resource availability, experience, location, and other such factors, mobility experts share different values for the time and cost of creating an app. This gives an indication that the time and cost of app development proposed by the companies can also help to choose the right app partner.
  7. Service Package
    Some app development companies offer services individually, while others come up with a package of services. Meaning, in the former case, you can decide which feature and facility you need and eventually, bring a difference in the app cost. Whereas, in the latter case, you can get an advantage of getting multiple services under the same price tag. Now, when it comes to picking a mobile app development team based on service package, it is better to decide as per your business app needs. If you want any particular service only, go with the first option. But, in case you want someone to handle everything – right from competitive analysis to designing, development, app launch, and marketing – the second option is best to go with.
  8. Communication Level
    Many CEOs feel that connecting an app developer at the beginning and end of the partnership is enough. These developers have years of experience in development and thus, will deliver you with the finest services. However, this is not so. Every business has a different need. The market trends also keep on changing. Besides, various companies further hire freelancers or assign your app project to interns, which eventually result in delivery of a low-quality app. So, do not compromise at communication level. Pick a mobile app development company that keeps you on the same page throughout the process.

  9. Team Size
    While some companies assign a dedicated team for your business app project, others allocate multiple projects to the same team. In such a scenario, the communication level and quality of the application gets compromised. So, prefer to go with a well-established app development company with a wider team and the one who agrees to dedicate an individual team to your app needs.
  10. NDA Agreement
    Last but not  least, Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) can also help CEOs to find the right app partner. This is so because NDA is a legal document and no fraud company would agree to sign it. So, if any company is giving you impractical reasons to overlook the need to sign an NDA, leave them at once. Instead, prefer a mobile application development agency that themselves introduce NDA agreement at the beginning of partnership.

Hiring a reputed mobile application agency can make or break your app’s successful future. The team can not just provide you with the best mobility solution, but also aid in marketing your application in the right way. And eventually, reap higher benefits. So, look into the need to finding app partner while considering the factors shared above.

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Mindy Wright

Mindy Wright

Deputy Commissioning Editor
Mindy Wright is CEOWORLD magazine's Deputy Commissioning Editor, and leads global newsroom coverage and management. She oversees and coordinates coverage of the news and ideas in partnership with writers across the continent. She has reported from more than 15 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas. She has advised CEOs, investors, boards, and high-profile industry leaders on a wide range of issues impacting the global business landscape. She can be reached on email mindy-wright@ceoworld.biz. You can follow her on Twitter at @ceoworld.