How to succeed in mobile app development

September 20, 2011

After being in the game for over a decade,I  have gained worthy experience about the industry and can now differentiate a successful and non-successful mobile developer.Mobile applications developers must be aware that successful applications are not one-off projects.They are long term labours that require much thoughts. Therefore, it is critical that programmers are involved in the project from the beginning because afterthoughts are expensive and need to have everyone on the same page from the get go. As an experienced coder, I advise that you invest in talent acquisition and retention which works very well with a timeline that puts 60% of the budget into development and 40% into iterative refinement of the eventual product. Mobile apps are a game changer and now with downloads exceeding music download developers lives can only get better and have no regret because it is now a very lucrative industry.We all know success is not a bed of roses and application developers must produce higher quality content with a view to generating more revenue. Unfortunately, not all countries have market place for this major application market place. Sometimes back,while going through the latest report and trend in the industry, I learned that only 5% of apps launched in the marketplace are successful and staggering  95%  have failed to meet the projected take up rates.

I can simply say that Ideas are limitless but what lacks is unique selling point.Not all is rosy though because increasing competition in value-added services from application stores and other telecommunications brands, has led to an industry shift to a prosumer model, which embraces open collaboration and user-generated content. Developers must try to be part of telecom’s developer programs in order to be able to fully leverage on the telecom companie’s resources to market their application otherwise they will keep being frustrated.In my view, there is need to conduct virtual load testing on backend systems before any public rollout of an application so that developers can gauge themselves. I can point to the recent issues experienced by users worldwide in downloading and installing Apple’s iOS5 operating system as a case in point.If you at university studying, i wish to advise you pursue Master of Mobile Applications Development which will enable you to develop apps for all of the major platforms, including Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows Mobile, using some of the industry’s most popular development frameworks. Upon completion of such a course you will also have the option of developing an app you can commercialise.

Contador Harrison