“I have an idea for a brilliant app, but how to get started?” This is a common question people who plan to launch a mobile app ask us.
Thousands of people think that they have a great app idea. If you’re one of them, then pull up your socks, because you got a great competition ahead.
“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.”
- Scott Belsky, Founder, Behance.
But, don’t worry. Read on, if you need help fleshing out your idea to actually build a business around it.
Here we will walk you through the step-by-step instructions to make your dream project a reality.
So, by not wasting any time, and words, here we go.
Validate Your Idea
This is the first and most important step for every idea and not specific to any technology.
It’s good that you have a killer idea, but it’s not about what you think. Instead, you have to figure out what your ideal users or customers think about your app.
You need to find out:
- What pain points your app is going to solve?
- Is the problem which your app will solve indeed a problem?
- Do you have a competitor? If yes, why would your users prefer your app?
You also need to ensure that your app idea is unique or fills a gap which no other app is doing.
The best way to start validating your idea is to ask your friends and family. Ask people you can trust to give you valuable and eye-opener inputs.
This will not only help you conclude if your idea is worth something, but it will also show you how to make the idea worthwhile.
Decide the Type of App You Need to Build
Once you have validated your idea, you’ll have a clear idea of what you need to work on. The most important and immediate next step is deciding on what type of app it should be.
- Do you want your app to be specific to any mobile platform like Android, iOS, Windows or Blackberry?
- How can your users access it? Can they access it from an app store, such as iTunes or the Google Play Store?
- Do you want a native mobile app or a web app that is optimised for smartphone usage?
Don’t get confused with too many choices. Just pick one and go for it. You can always tweak your strategy if need be.
Research and Read about App Development
This step may overlap with the second step.
If you’re non-technical, then you can find it challenging to decide on the type of app you need.
In that case, you may need to first acquire some knowledge about the basics of mobile app development. This will help you simplify your decision. Without this knowledge, you will not know what you need to know.
But, if you are aware of the basics, then this step will come after choosing the type of app.
In either case, you need to have a good understanding of mobile app development to ensure you’re on the right path.
Here are a couple of tutorials which can help you get started:
But, don’t just stick to these tutorials. Read interesting and informative articles or blogs as well.
This will help you to keep abreast of the latest updates. Some popular blogs you can explore are ZdNet, The Next Web, CIO and Forbes.
Identify and Meet the Technical Requirements
You don’t need to buy an advanced PC with the latest configurations for mobile app development. However, it’s better to go for this.
For Android or web apps, you can create the app with Linux, Windows or a Mac.
But, for iOS app development, Mac is the only option.
Also, you need to have access to a smart device (iOS, Android or Windows) depending on the type of app platform you plan to design for.
If you plan to write the code yourself, then you also need an Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
Here are a couple of free developer tools for different mobile platforms which you can explore:
The biggest benefit of IDEs is that it offers a virtual smartphone to test your app for both Android and iOS.
Keep a Budget Ready
You don’t need to invest in the developer tools, but it will cost you money to register and publish apps in different app stores.
If you plan to publish on the Google Play store, then you have to pay a one-time fee of $25 at the time of registration. For Apple and Microsoft, it is an annual fee of around $100.
Also take note that you need to share around 30% revenue of every sale your app makes with the app platform companies.
We hope by now that you have a clear idea of how to move from the ideation stage to the execution stage.
Although you can develop an app on your own, we advise that you get help from a specialist. If you make any deadly mistakes during the development process, all your efforts would be in the vain.
Thus, consult with a mobile development company that has extensive experience in delivering projects like yours. This will also give you a clear picture of whether you’re on the right path or whether you need to make a change.
So, when do you plan to develop your app? Which platform do you plan to go for?
If you have any questions or need advice, drop us a note below and we will get back to you soon.
The last few years have been a whirlwind period for enterprises, as work cultures ruffled up and finally settled for new ways of doing business with enterprise mobility. It has made businesses realise the potential of mobile devices supplied by them to their employees and how it can create a positive impact on their business in terms of enhanced communication, increased productivity and improved efficiency.
According to a study by Salesforce, 60% of British workers use mobile apps for work-related productivity and around 21% use department-specific enterprise apps. It has also been found that enterprise apps boost employee productivity by 34%!
While enterprise mobility is focused on solving the business needs, normal mobile apps are mostly fun-orientated and specifically focused on the consumers.
Additionally, developing enterprise mobile apps is much more complex and expensive, demands reliable security features to prevent any breaches of confidential business transactions and requires highly-skilled resources.
So, what lies ahead for enterprise mobility? Is it going to evolve more this year? Although half of 2015 is already gone, we can expect to see more improvements in the remaining months.
So let’s see what’s in store.
More Devices for Greater Enterprise Mobility
Forrester states that about 20% of all tablets sold today are used in enterprise mobility. This all started with the Blackberry in 2000 and the pace increased with smartphones in 2007 and again with tablets in 2010.
Besides this, a heterogeneous world of devices is emerging as “internet of things,” connecting all possible devices together.
You need to keep up with the pace of the ever-changing world of digital devices where the success mantra is to provide an outstanding user experience by adopting new technology and engaging the customers through the variety of devices.
This caused a paradigm shift in workplaces with the deployment of enterprise-focused apps being on the rise. According to Forrester, 65% of enterprises view customer engagement as their primary mobile priority.
So, we will certainly witness more devices used by businesses to maximise the usage of enterprise mobility to improve efficiency.
Interactive Apps on Multiple Devices
You have tested the agility and efficiency of enterprise mobility with services delivered in your hands on your smartphones and you do business and personal transactions with a whole range of smart devices, resulting in higher expectations for better services in your terms.
But now you want a consistent experience through resourceful apps on all your communication channels. Isn’t it?
To handle such mounting client anticipation, the IT industry is gearing up to meet the ever growing demands of enterprise and customer mobility.
One way of doing this is by an overhaul of the backend architecture to provide SOA-based apps running on a variety of digital devices. Enterprises are shifting to provide a perfect customer experience on all possible devices through interactive apps that aptly represent their business processes.
Such architectures will need a common code-base for all devices. It’s like a single application wearing various masks for multiple channels of interaction.
Versatile, Scalable and Robust Customer Apps
As this trend is catching up, a need to provide versatile, scalable and robust apps is being felt. These apps can be off the shelf or customisable to handle various user demands. They should be instantly deployable or vertically or horizontally configurable to adapt to your business processes.
The coming years will see a major growth of control systems to integrate the apps with the back-end functioning of the enterprises to give proficient and expert guidance to customers for profitable business deals at both ends.
Another new mobility trend is shaping up in enterprises is “bring your own device” (BYOD). Organisations have visualised huge savings by using smart devices brought by employees to their workplace. Internal business processes are now mobile-enabled through apps for employees in manufacturing, human resources, sales and marketing, and many more.
According to Forrester, by the end of 2015, 60% of the enterprises will employ higher investments in their IT departments in mobile apps. The fast invasion of smartphones, encouraged by low-cost Android phones, is driving the rapid growth of app development and downloads.
Providing Good Customer Experience
Enterprise apps are bridging the gaps between designers and IT professionals. Designers are being encouraged to create appealing designs to provide a unique experience to the customers. This collaboration of designers with IT professionals and the adoption of development standards across organisations will help create apps which give an excellent and beneficial customer experience.
This will allow experts and professionals to present the business and its processes to customers. To hit the bull’s eye, a single interconnected technology stack is needed to cater to all the development needs, such as device management, design, development and testing processes for multi-channel applications.
As per Forrester, 226 billion apps will be downloaded in 2015 and this number will grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.2%. By the end of 2017, 45% of the cloud services will be SaaS based. The world of mobility is being redefined and so are the enterprise processes. So with bigwigs forecasting a bright future for mobility, enterprises would not want to miss this opportunity.
“The global market for enterprise mobility is expected to grow from $72 billion to $284 billion by 2019, nearly quadrupling in size,” said the president of Products and Marketing of Kony Inc.
Enterprises are growing with mobility by redefining, reshaping, refining and refreshing their internal as well as external business communications and collaborations.
Apps for communication, office productivity, sales force automation, human resources, supply chain logistics, mobile commerce and customers are opening a new avenue of enterprise mobile applications for any imaginable and conceivable business process.
So we can expect to witness much more advancements in this space in the coming years.
What’s your view about enterprise apps? Have you implemented it yet? Do you have any points to share? Please feel free to leave your comments below and thanks for reading!
This year at World Wide Developers Conference keynote, Apple spent a significant amount of time focusing on and speaking about the iOS 8. And it got everyone thinking about how the new version would look like. But you will have wait until September for the iOS 8 release. That’s too long, right? Well, being in the iOS app development business has its perks. The new operating system is available for iOS developers and we will tell you what makes iOS 8 more than just a new number.
No redesigning has been done to the new operating system. iOS 8 is built on iOS 7, taking its design and has included new features to it. The latest iOS updates are nothing like you have seen before. The new iOS 8 features will let the third parties score more with their apps. Yes, Apple is finally allowing the third-party apps to communicate with its own operating system as well as server through a number of extensions. The extensions that will allow the app developers to make apps are:
- Today Extensions
Like Windows Phone’s Live Tiles and Android’s home screen widget, iOS 8’s Today extension will let you show limited information in the Today view in the Notification Center.
- Share Extensions
Share extensions will let you share information from one app to online service. While one could share links or photos on Facebook and Twitter earlier also, the iOS8 is now open for online services such as Tumblr and Pinterest as well.
- Action Extensions
The most interesting of all extensions, Action extensions will allow apps to manipulate or view content in another app. For example, by using Bing Translate one can translate the text in a Safari window.
- Custom Keyboard Extensions
With the Custom keyboard extension, you can ditch the default keyboard and use third-party keyboards such as Fleksy or Swype.
- Photo Editing Extensions
The Photo editing extensions will allow the use of third-party photo editing apps by the users without exiting the main Photos app. This opens the way for many more photo apps like VSCO cam.
- Storage Provider Extensions
Storage provider extensions will let apps select documents from a variety of cloud services, such as Microsoft’s OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud.