A few months back, my company was looking for a reputed iPhone application development service for an enterprise mobility solution we had envisioned. I was given the responsibility of identifying a suitable iPhone application development company.
The Lost Phase
Although I had a good understanding of our processes and the business goals we wanted to be achieved from the mobility solution, my knowledge of iPhone application development was limited to owning an iPhone and using apps on it! So, I was pretty lost at the beginning.
The First Step
Before I began my search, I decided to read up on iPhone application development. There are a zillion articles online. But, what I quickly realized was that it’s important to first identify the kind of iPhone app development company you wish to partner with for the journey.
For instance, if you’re a startup looking for a simple app, you need to target companies that have experience working with startups. You could even consider a freelance iPhone application developer, although don’t expect the solution to be created on time and within budget. On the other hand, if you’re representing a medium or large enterprise (as I was) and had a complex solution to be created, you need to target companies that have are better equipped to handle complex iPhone application development requirements.
Clearing the Misconception
When I initially began looking for an iPhone app development company, the budgets and timelines quoted were out of reach. Neither seemed to be within our expectations, although we didn’t want to compromise on quality.
You need to invest time and money for a superior quality, highly customized enterprise app, right? WRONG. That’s the misconception I had until I discovered the concept of enterprise mobile app development platforms or MADPs.
There is a technology platform that offers tens of preconfigured business modules to choose from. Workflow-specific technology components can be easily selected and included with a drag and drop approach. By doing so, you essentially bypass the traditional process of iPhone application development, which was writing code from scratch and then spending months on testing and bug fixing.
Choosing the Right MADP
When selecting an iPhone app development company offering an enterprise-grade MADP, ensure that the platform allows you to connect with several frontend and backend tools. The modules should incorporate industry best practices and thoroughly tested to be bug-free. The MADP should also offer single-click integration to hundreds of third-party apps as well as built-in connectors for legacy systems.
Equally important is to partner with an iPhone application development service provider that offers easy access to real-time metrics and reports with inbuilt enterprise administration backend and, of course, follows the best industry standards for protecting your business data.
By choosing a MADP over the traditional approach, our enterprise app was ready in just a couple of weeks! That’s right. Not several months… just 6 weeks.
And, Finally, Support
To ensure that the iPhone app development company has a team of customer care executives. You’ll need an iPhone application developer through the life of your mobility solution. You may wish to scale your solution sometime in the future or leverage some new technology.