Custom web applications, Web app development, web app estimate

The world has moved from the question of ‘Why do we need a web app?’ to ‘How much will a web app cost?” A large number of custom web applications are developed each month to help businesses achieve their business goals.

Surfing the internet won’t help as much as you’d hope since there are many factors involved when you want a clear answer to the cost of your web application.

Let’s take the example of an architectural design.

Now we all know how details as small as finishing the house would play an immense role in making it look worthy of buying. But there’s an obvious catch; buying a building that is intricately polished would cost a lot more than a normal building.

Similar is the case with web app development costs. But here, things are a little more complex than buildings.

Factors that Influence the Cost for Custom Web Applications

If you have surveyed around in the market, you probably know that cost varies from company to company.

Custom web applications, web estimate

Apparently, Pakistani developers and small IT firms are charging much lower considering their current ranking, as shown. 

Web application costs, GIS Application Development, web app estimate

Owing to socio-economic factors, cost for software development in Pakistan is quite low, even if you require a custom app.

Prevent unexpected Web App Costs

There are a number of reasons why the development costs may rise unexpectedly. Here are the two major reasons:

  • A vendor may present you with the lowest cost possible to win your attention at first; then charge you expectedly. (Beware of such vendors)
  • The scope of the project can increase which may increase the cost as well.

Negotiate with your Vendor

Negotiation is the most important ingredient that will play a role in capitalizing on the opportunities for both parties. Poor negotiation can lead to chaos and confusion in the later stages which can turn out to be a bad experience for everyone. Therefore, offer your technology partner the benefits of working with you and cut a deal that satisfies both of you in every aspect. 

Call the vendors directly! 

If you are looking for GIS application development, chances are that you may need the above-mentioned practices to ensure smooth dealing. Nevertheless, the best way to avoid high costs for custom web applications is to find the right vendor for your business. Communicate with them directly about possible costs that may incur during the development process. This will help you iron out all the details so that you become wary of all the expected costs.

For instance, at OneClout, we provide free estimates for the scope of the project. Click here to get in touch with our team. 

 

Gis application development services

We recently came across a customer who already had a GIS based Application running, but full of bugs. Our task in such a case is to get all those bugs out and have a stable application with some new features.

Client hardly had documents explaining interfaces,however, we get down to our job after getting access to their code, servers and other related info.It took a whole lot of time and patience to sort out their old app and coming up with a plan to redesign it.

Let me share our experience and lessons we learnt.

Don’t blame, take responsibility

Every application has a unique set of technologies and packages, just like all zebras have different lines on them; in this case we had Python, Django, and Postgres. Rather than criticizing the previous developers for the selection of technologies or framework, spend your energy in putting yourself in their shoes and consider the challenges they faced. This will explain you why they used these technologies, you might have some bright ideas but maybe at the time of development these ideas did not make sense.

 

dont waste time

 

Don’t waste time, jump into it

Your new client will be forcing you to give him an estimate of work as soon as possible but you will be in the middle of understanding the old application and everything seems just like rocket science to you. All you need is courage to give an estimate. The best way to understand any application is to start working on it; you will not learn to swim until unless you step into the pool.

 

 

 

 

read the code

 

Don’t read the lines, set it up

One of the most important points to understand any application is to see how the code is written. People now a days are sharp enough to use Code Repositories, and that is the key to breaking down how the application has progressed over time, which of the features was added later on,and what was the reason for it.

Sometime people do use Code Repositories but they rarely commit their code, or they only do it when they have almost completed their work. But this is like a Code Repository used for backing up your code only. In that case, the only option left is walking through the application or using a good debugger and following the flow of the code.

 

 

 

make your own plan

 

 

 

Never get driven, make your own plan

While you are getting things done your client will start getting creative and will bombard you with new modifications. You have to hold them and make them understand the power of Iterative Development or introduce them some Agile Development Methodologies.

 

 

 

 

provide support to your clients

 Don’t get into everything, give others their cut

Once your application has gone live you will be required to support the ongoing processes. You can be in a different time zone and you might have to stay awake until midnight to support your client. Find a way to do that. Most of the time a support issue is an understanding issue or an infrastructure issue. It is very rare that your application has errors if you have properly tested it for bugs. Do get some Network/Operating System experts in the loop and explain to them what technologies your application is using.

 

 

align with the client's goal

Always get aligned with the business goals of your client

Your overall goal should be to keep your client happy and that can only happen if you listen to your client and understand what his real business problem is, and what they want to achieve out of the software that you are developing for them.

 


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