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Checklist For Selecting an App Development Partner

Balázs Bakos
July 9, 2018

Application development is all the rage these days and is a great way to provide added value to your customers. 

In this constantly changing technological environment, keeping up with the latest developments is crucial if you want to stay competitive. If you’re thinking of creating an app for your business, you’ll need an application development partner you can trust. Here’s what to look out for when selecting an app development partner:

1. Check out their previous work

When it comes to your business, never make a big decision without doing a little bit of research first. Checking out the developer’s portfolio might help when it comes to selecting an app development partner, as it will give you an idea of what their capabilities are. You can even take it further by asking for case studies or downloading the apps for yourself. This will allow you to see what the user experience is like, and if the genre of applications are suited for your business.

2. Agility and flexibility

In the fickle technological industry, companies with rigid processes might not be the best fit for you. Look for a partner with rapid and agile product development methods. The mobile ecosystem is never constant, so choosing a team that can adapt to new changes and opportunities will help you develop a solution that actually works.

3. Pricing

Like with any service, cheaper isn’t always better. It might seem like a good idea to go with the quote that best suits your wallet, but rather go for the option that gives you the most value for your money. Like the old saying goes, ‘you get what you pay for’ – and it’s better to pay a bit more for a quality product.

4. Client-focused and collaborative

A client-focused software development partner will be keen on collaborating with you and will treat you like a partner instead of another ‘transaction’. Are they actively listening? Are they open to ideas? Are they making an effort to understand what your real pain points are? Try to find a partner that will have regular team meetings with you to discuss and brainstorm ideas. An efficient partner will most likely use modern, professional tools that helps the collaboration. These are typically good for providing higher transparency, agile project management for managing backlog (e.g. JIRA), etc.

5. Experience and engineering skill

Even if you’ve checked out their portfolio, it’s also important to check out your application development partner’s experience. How long have they been in the industry? Do they have a good track record? How experienced is their engineering and design team? An experienced app development company will offer a level of craftsmanship that is required for enterprise application development. Many companies will claim knowledge on cloud, but look out for certification from companies like Amazon to see if they’re recognized by market leading cloud platform providers.

At Zoosh, we make an effort to understand your business requirements before developing business applications that are intuitive and easy to use. Our lean methodologies and agile processes ensure that we get the right product out at the right time.

Want to know more about the cloud business app industry and how Zoosh can be your trusted application development partner, schedule a consultation today.