One harmonious drift in the technological world is that building a mobile app appears like a deep ocean if we don’t know how to sail and the best sailor is the set of codes that we need to understand before developing an app.
If you are planning to build an app for small and medium scale businesses then you must know what is to be the first priority in its execution.
Even if your business needs an app to bloom more successfully then you must focus on making the right decision and that decision should not be made in any hurry.
There are about 1.5 million apps on Google as well as apple app store and daily new apps are getting launched.
So it becomes very crucial to understand the overall development process and how the app will match the market needs with your goals.
To clarify such doubts and provide a clear solution to the challenges here we will discuss the life cycle of the mobile app.
Discovery and mobile stack development
- Looking and thinking of various ideas where your app matches the specifications of your business and that appears the perfect idea to take the business to the next level.
- Even to get such an idea you have to research a topic and along with that, you need to brainstorm your needs to fit in your apps.
- Things, where you need research, are what kind of audience you are targeting, specific requirements that your app provides to the users, what makes the app unique, how it will bloom and several other factors which are to be considered.
Establishing Mobile app goals and objectives
- This is the most important step while framing out the plans and procedures for mobile apps. Once you have resolved such issues the development phase makes a move forward.
- You need to figure out what type of design and feature in your app will further help in achieving your goal.
- In several companies, it has been observed that the features and benefits of your app helps in knowing the cost of creating an app.
- Apps must be designed in a manner which engages the customer more to the use of the app.
Wireframes and Storyboards
- At such stages, the business owners need to decide the features which are to be included in the app.
- The broad scope of work needs to be figured out and what pieces of information a business owner needs to deliver must be framed in the correct order.
- By this time a business owner needs to have a word with the developer and frame out different policies and a layout of the app must get fixed.
- In a functional app the goal is to develop a picture of how the ideas of the app will be executed and create a story model and all the other relevant models to navigate users when they use the app.
Defining the backend of your mobile app
- The storyboard and wireframes that were made by the business owners will further act as guidelines for the developers to fix the structures that need support from the app.
- Data diagrams, various APIs, Implementation of data and notifications.
- Using mobile backend as a service platform makes sense as they resolve challenges such as absence of in-house talent and extensibility.
- There might be a need to modify wireframes and storyboards if there is a technical issue which needs to be fixed. So developers need to work according to the needs of change.
Finalizing your wireframe and testing prototype.
- Attesting the changes in the wireframe which a developer identifies in the duration of his backend process. Once this gets done the further step is to build an united prototype.
- One of the most important steps in the app development process is prototyping as it delivers an opportunity to analyze design concepts, collect feedback and fix the bugs in the apps for better user experience.
- There are various prototyping tools which are available to make the development process more simple.
- The goal here in this step is to finalize the design of the apps and maintain the accuracy of the apps.
Developing an app
- Developing an app includes many steps and processes.
- If the business owner does not need an app development platform then the developers will need to come up with the actual solutions of their data storage, databases, APIs and all the servers in the backend.
- Setting up the account of various developers on the app store or google play store or depending upon the choice of business owner where they need to launch their app.
- Working and making the account as per the guidelines of the store makes it more easy for the app to get launched and lessens the chances of rejection of the apps.
- Though the things included in the app is for the betterment of customers and targeted audience to enjoy using where UI/UX details matters the most.
Test and test again
- This is the most fruitful period in the whole process of app development as the complete app is ready. Now the primary task in this step is to test your app for its practicality.
- Heading back towards the features which were framed out and ideas before the beginning of the app.
- When you are confident enough with the future of the app and what popularity it will gain then the final step is to prepare for the launch of the app.
Preparing for launch
- The steps which were taken earlier in the developmental process of the app further decides the success and popularity of the apps.
- Using the digital marketing team on board will further help in making the products of the apps and services provided by the app more popular.
The marketing also targets specific keywords related to the company and functioning of the app which helps in getting more users and traffic on the app.
This steps altogether clears the majority of issues that business owners and developers face while framing out the policies and the actual features which are needed in the app.
The marketing team speeds up the growth of the app as they keep on promoting and updating the content on the app which further gains more popularity then the actual outcome which the business owner actually thought for his app.
About the Author:
Parth Patel is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of SyS Creations which provides IT consulting in Toronto as a major service. Operating the IT Infrastructure of SMEs and startups keeps him on his toes and his passion for helping others keeps him motivated.