Custom Application Development – Web Applications That do More
Today, web application development is big business. The amounts of investment funds being poured into web applications is staggering yet one wonders whether this investment is generating the desired results. A web application generally has to work harder than to be a passive application that does not get visitors engaged. Clearly, in today's tough economic times, web applications development must be aligned with a company's marketing goals.
Application developers are notorious for ignoring the marketing and customer experience needs of their clients. Backroom programmers may have no comprehension of who is using the web site and what the application is to achieve. Examples of quality web application development are those applications that allow customers to log into a secure area of the site to review progress on work being done on their site.
Web applications need to help you save time and money. Allowing customers to log in, find relevant information, conduct business, or report problems saves your staff time. If your applications are unattractive or too complicated for users to utilize, then it's time to hire developers who can deliver the right solutions.
Web application developers should provide services in a number of programming languages and platforms, yet many will not. They are one trick ponies. Programmers might choose from Unix, Opensoftware, Windows or Mac based solutions and they may have to use several of them. Amateur's inability to deliver applications in the appropriate development platforms can leave clients vulnerable in many ways. First of all the application may be in a platform that is not compatible with the client's customers needs or for plug in ecommerce applications. Porting the incompatible platforms can result in substantial ongoing costs and downtime.
Good programmers will also be using the latest development software, not pirated versions that are years out of date. Some cheap application developers use outdated development software such as old versions of Microsoft Visual Basic. New applications may not even work because the cheap developer did not have access to updated tools, documentation, and fixes. The development software firms keep their most current software relevant by making changes that frustrate users of the old software or pirated software. Developers must download the latest versions or have access to the help files to make their applications work.
Since applications have to work with database backends, access to real time information is very important. Using leading database software applications including Oracle, MS Sql, My Sql, and RedHat is best chosen because it suits your application, not because it is the only one they know how to program. Some will have helpful specialties in the web based platforms that are most used such as Microsoft .Net, Adobe ActionScript and PHP. This leaves you with some options that respect your budget.
Security is an issue too. Access to real time security updates and development documentation is critical to ensuring your site can not be hacked. The release of private customer information can result in expensive lawsuits.
Those using pirated software or who do not have access to the latest support, are working in the dark. If your application developers are creating bespoke or custom software, then referencing old programming can make your site unusable.
Professional web application developers have an intelligent, consultative approach that begins with a face to face consultation of needs. Users, staff and managers are interviewed to generate all relevant information on how the application will be used. Off the shelf solutions may not deliver needed results, yet customer programming can respond to all user's requirements. Then a proposal is submitted to you. After the application is up live, the application developer needs to provide training on its use. Or, well stated instructions are built in to help web users use the software. However, a well designed intuitively designed software is a solution that limits the learning curve.
If you're considering outsourcing Web application development to third world countries where you may seemingly get a price break, consider how ruinous the language barriers might be. Also, what you mean when you web conference them long distance to a different time zone, whether your intended meanings really register with them. Working with developers over a phone without meeting with them frequently in person can result in substantial program errors. The application's purpose may not be met and it could be treated with contempt by your business partners. Visitors to your site may find it "foreign looking" and just not comfortable.
There's an old saying that you should keep your web application developers close enough to get your hands around their neck. This is so true. You need that good communication and a developer who can create the right feel and get feedback on how customers are using the applications. The final goal is quality. When you're pouring money into a web application, it has to be done right.