The Software Development Lifecycle for Mobile Applications

Mobile app development is a rapidly developing and growing industry. More and more of the population is turning to mobile platforms to provide their daily needs for information, research, operations, news, entertainment, and business requirements. The smart phones, phablets, and tablets provide all of the access needed for data retrieval, manipulation, and transmission. The list of applications available on iTunes, Google Play, and the rapidly improving content on Microsoft Store is staggering. Yet, there is an increasing demand for custom application development to meet the specific requirements of industries and businesses targeting the needs of a particular demographic of users and/or customers. Just as traditional software development went through a transitional phase to the point where, using new methodology, they were able to satisfy their customers with on-time deployment of applications that met the cost requirements, so too has mobile application development come up with a software development life cycle (SDLC) to fit the new technology and time-to-market needs in their industry.

Described recently in an article by Shyam Deval, the 7 steps are identified by VDC research as Identification, Specification, Development or Acquisition, Security, Installation, Management, and End-of-Life. Identification involves defining the need, the business processes and technology affected, and the end-users of the application. In Specification, there is much more detail necessary for the application requirements and this stage goes through the “Buy vs. Build” analysis. Whether Development or Acquisition is chosen, the third step goes into the technical design decisions for the technology, how to integrate and synchronize with the back-end data, and the vital quality control and testing to validate the application is meeting the specified application requirements without errors or malfunction.

In conjunction with the third step, Security goes through the authorization and authentication process for the application’s users as well as how to design in the necessary security. Installation deploys the application to the mobile devices via the desired distribution platform as well as the analytics for tracking the operation and usage of the application. The Management step monitors the application usage and ensures the compliance policies required are enforced. The last step, End-of-Life, is also important. When the decision is to terminate support for the application, it is removed so that users don’t attempt the application and receive an unsatisfactory experience. Today’s environment of rapid evaluation and reviews are transmitted quickly and easily go viral, sometimes damaging the reputation of the provider beyond repair .

Given the plethora and quickly increasing number of companies that claim they can perform development like the above, how can a company or organization choose the one to perform their custom mobile application project? Well, allow us to present AppIt Ventures as your perfect development team. Over the last couple of years we have developed more than 50 custom applications for companies that ranged from start-ups to large enterprises. We’ve also launched over 60 updates for our clients over major mobile and web platforms. Our in-house graphic designers are awesomely talented and they deliver an application that grabs your end-users. We support our clients through every step of the above process from inception through launch, management, and end-of-life with the single overriding mission of providing custom application development that completely satisfies your needs and meets your detailed requirements. We have a simple goal: provide a custom high-quality application that works and our clients appreciate. We love the challenge of the ever-evolving technology and development tools; we enjoy designing a solution to your unique needs and we bring clarity – and levity – to the client interaction. We love our work – and you will too. Contact us today to get started with your software development project!

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