iOS Application Development – In-House Versus Outsource

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Why develop applications for iOS?

Smartphones and other smart mobile devices have become integral part of people’s life. The pioneer of smartphones – Apple leads in the industry in terms of quality and customer satisfaction. iOS is one of the best smart operating systems for mobile devices in the market, though Android of Google has significantly caught up and Microsoft Windows Phone is gaining steady popularity too.

The distinction that iOS enjoys is that it users are known to download and install applications more than users of any other mobile OS. There is vast difference between demand for applications and the development output. It is an apparent fact that mobile application development is a prosperous business, provided the producers can strike the right chords. Uncertainty and confusion commonly precede the decision on in-house versus outsource application development. In reality, there is not a rule book addressing the issue. Rather, there are various consideration that help in making the decision.

Advantages of in-house application development

s  Producers have greater control over the entire process of development and the transparency is quite high in every stage of the development life cycle.

s  The progress of the development is typically according to schedule and there is fair degree of certainty regarding the time of completion and to market.

s  The decision to hire the best iPhone app developers rests totally upon the producers. Thus, chances of compromising in the skill-level are largely eliminated.

s  Project management is easier as the transparency and control is immediate due to in-house nature of operations.

Disadvantages of in-house application development

Mobile application development needs advanced technological infrastructure, the cost of which is significantly high for start-up or small enterprises.

s  Various certificates and licenses that are mandatory have to be obtained by producers to allow their development team use certain software, codes and team that are required for development.

s  The charge of a skilled iOS app developer is typically in six figures.

Advantages of outsourced application development

s  The overall cost of development is considerably low. Moreover, the input costs are nearly fixed and predictable.

s  Renowned development companies assure greater possibility of success as they have ready developers and advanced tools and technology at their disposal.

s  Producers can one-directionally focus on management functions.

s  The quality of the applications is nearly always satisfactory and meet expectation as the outsourced development providers need to build confidence and gain business.

Disadvantages of outsourcing

s  Transparency is the process and control over it is very low.

s  The development time and the quality of products may vary from one iOS app developer to another as well as of a company too.

s  The developed applications may not be satisfactory and may go through iterations to meet the expectation of the producers.

Conclusion

Outsourcing is the feasible route for start-ups, small companies and individual producers. Depending upon the availability of talent and technology, small enterprises can initially outsource development and bring the management and service of the developed application in-house. For large organisations that prioritise quality above all, in-house development is the best choice.

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