The DNA of a development team
When you pay for an app, you’re not only paying for the software but also for the expertise, dedication and professionalism it takes to design, develop and support a spectacular product that will bring you success.
Creating a world-class app is no small feat. It requires a highly proficient team that understands your business, can deliver high-quality work on time and budget, and apply the latest technologies. Each individual team member must have their unique skills to end up with an astonishing product.
A typical team consists of a project manager, one or more UI/UX designers, one or more front- and back-end developers, and typically more than one quality assurance engineer to test on any targeted device, whether that be on Android, iOS, mobile, tablet, TV or Smartwatch.
How many is needed for your app depends on the complexity and scale of your project.
Is app and data security important?
When you offer an app to your audience, it’s always a priority to keep any data they provide secure. Hackers are constantly on the lookout for weaknesses to exploit data that they can sell on the black market.
How secure your app needs to be depends on its function. A financial app will require tighter security than a fitness based app for example.
There are best practices for front- and back-end developers.
If you need to contain account information, you should of course always require a username and strong password from your customers. Multi-factor authentication is taking security a step further by asking to authorize the log-in after the password screen, either by sending a code to the phone, emailing a code, or using an authentication app to confirm the login. Biometrics are also becoming more popular as an easy but secure way to replace the manual password input part.
For eCommerce apps, encrypting any data transfer especially in the purchase process is a necessity. As a minimum a secure SSL authentication between the device and the back-end server should be used.
Using outdated third-party plug-ins for development is also a big no-no, as they can contain vulnerabilities used by hackers to get in through a backdoor. Reputable agencies would never consider using these plug-ins, but shoddy overnight agencies wouldn’t bat an eye at the practice. Remember that when you look at cost comparisons. You often get what you pay for.
Quality assurance with thorough testing
The purpose of quality assurance (QA) is to avoid a sluggish app with bugs, UI/UX mistakes, or other errors that will make users abandon the app rapidly.
The app store is a competitive place, so your app needs to present itself at its best. A good company knows this and will stress test it against a variety of devices, orientations and user scenarios.
The QA team is your advocate for a flawless app. They should be involved throughout the entire process, so they can work in tandem with the developers to eliminate any bugs right away.
Good quality assurance should not be underestimated, as nothing will make users uninstall an app faster than sporadic bugs.