Custom web applications are a great way to put much needed features and functionalities into your team’s hands. It’s important, however, to make sure that you don’t end up making choices that result in a hard to use, unproductive app. If you are partnering with a professional company business web application development services, there are a few things that you’ll want to avoid doing in order to ensure your project goes as planned and application meets your expectations.
These are four common ways that organizations end up sabotaging their own web application.
1. They Don’t Communicate Their Users Needs
The first step in creating a user-friendly interface is understanding who your users are and how they will actually use the app. Providing this insight to your developer will help them plan for what features your users will need and how they’ll learn to use the application.
Another important thing to communicate is potential changes or upgrades that may be needed in the future. This allows developers to design the current system to easily accommodate those future changes. If there is a larger key feature that needs to be added sometime down the line, and this wasn’t communicated to the developers, then it can end up costing more (and taking more time) than it should if it is not planned for now.
2. They React Too Quickly to the Employee Feedback
When testing the completed functionality of the application, make sure not to make decisions based on knee-jerk reactions from your team. Not everyone is going to love everything about a new business we application and some will take longer to adapt to it than others. Always take time to think before deciding to implement wholesale changes solely based on user comments. The development company that you hire should not just be “yes” men; they should provide real world insight into what works based on their past experience developing web applications.
3. They Don’t Provide the Developer With Their Specific Requirements
Very often with an app development project, it is the things that seem small that end up causing severe delays. A developer isn’t going to understand your business the way you do, nor will they be able to easily anticipate what you want or need, so make sure you share all of your requirements with them from the start. Especially for fix bid projects, as development companies only quote what they can see; not what you think they should know.
Frequently, it’s those small details that you think are easy and unimportant that end up causing major delays. Don’t hold off on telling a developer about them because you think that they are minor, because they may in reality be rather complicated. Also, never assume that certain things, like the ability to track every use, comes standard. Make sure you provide all of your requirements in your RFP.
4. They Don’t Properly Future-Proof Their Application
Make sure that you talk to your developer about what technology or framework will work in the long term. You may have a specific programming language or framework in mind, but it may be near its end of life, which means it will be harder to make changes to it later down the line. Also, certain frameworks work well for some things but not others. Based on the type of project you are needing to create, certain frameworks can be more of a hindrance they a help. WordPress, for example, is great for corporate websites but does not work as well for custom web application development.
5. They Don’t Go With A U.S Based Developer
The initial price of a business web application may tempt some organizations to consider outsourcing their development off-shore. The problem with this is that partnering with an off-shore developer can often lead to a much longer turnaround time, due to communication challenges and other factors. These delays add to the overall cost of the application, plus keep it from getting into the hands of your employees.
Contact Custom Software Lab if you have more questions about the potential pitfalls of business web application development.