There are a number of factors that affect the final cost of developing custom application software . Below we have reported what we believe are among the main factors
1. Type of project
Each application is created to fulfill certain objectives, which are different depending on the company and the objectives set.
Therefore, developing a company app involves more or less large production costs , based on the type of application you intend to create.
For example a medical facility may want to embed its patients’ electronic medical records within an app to simplify the management of various data.
This project has very different costs than that of a company in the financial sector that needs, for example, two software one to monitor payment gateways and the other that connects to integrated third-party applications.
The second will certainly be a more challenging and expensive project than the first.
2. Features and functionality
It is possible to integrate a multitude of functions , from the simplest ones to more complex ones, depending on the type of project you have in mind and the objectives you intend to achieve (as we said above).
For example, you may want to integrate login and password recovery features, file uploading and downloading, messaging features, profile editing, and so on.
And each of these integrations has its cost depending on the complexity.
3. Customization of the user interface and user experience
How you design the user interface contributes significantly to your app’s chances of success , as well as the cost of app development .
For example, you can decide to create a customized UXUI for each platform, or create a common design model for different platforms, so as to simplify the development and customization process and reduce implementation costs.
This choice is up to you.
4. Type of application
Whether it is an iOS or Android app, the cost of developing a business app is almost the same for each platform.
The real price difference depends on the type of application you intend to develop.
Take for example the difference between native apps and web apps .
Native apps must be published on the stores and are more expensive in terms of costs, but they give the possibility of integrating more features and are more complete.
Web apps undoubtedly have lower costs than those of other types of apps and the contents are also accessible from devices such as smartphones or tablets.
Furthermore, they are not published on the stores, but can be reached directly from the browser; this means no costs for disseminating the app in stores.
5. Back-end infrastructure and app administration
When it comes to developing a corporate app (but also for all other apps) the back-end infrastructure is fundamental to the exchange of data between the app and the database , to the management of content and users, to the construction of reports and the management of personalized marketing activities.
Developers then build the backend of your app, carrying out analyzes and tests from time to time, monitoring user activity in the app and the features they use the most, so as to improve its performance.
6. App maintenance costs and additional services
Operating systems are constantly evolving, as are security systems, which are constantly improving.
Users may encounter and report a variety of bugs or issues while using the app, and the development team may need to perform regular additions and updates to the application .
7. Internal or external development team
You can develop your app in two ways through your internal team or by entrusting the project to an external development team.
Before making this decision, however, you need to reflect on your long-term intentions .
Usually, entrusting the creation of a customized mobile app to an internal development team could require greater costs and time than entrusting it to an outsourced team specialized in the development sector.
But this choice also depends on your needs and possibilities.