The budget of developing an enterprise app is a serious consideration when a business decision maker like you sits down to plan his mobile project. There are many other things but cost of app development ranks higher. So, what is the cost of building an enterprise app? The answer is ‘It depends on what you want in/from your app’. Not a simple answer? Yes, because there is none. There are many drivers to a mobile app development cost. The more you want, the costly it will be. let’s see what they are
Are you developing an app for smartphones or Tablets or both? Are you building an app that will be integrated to your proprietary device- a wearable or a sensor? Your budget will increase as you start covering a wider range of devices. For integration to specialty device- the budget will depend on communication protocol, complexity of integration etc.
The platform strategy is a key driver to your enterprise app development costs. Will your enterprise app support one particular platform- iOS, Android, Windows or do you want it to be compatible across all platforms. Generally, if all other things remain constant, the cost of an iPhone or iPad app development is higher than that of building android apps or Window apps. A cross platform app development strategy may be the right pick but the functionality and experience of the app is nowhere closer to a native one.
Another aspect that can make a difference of a few thousand dollars in your mobile project budget. If you want secure login in your app then it will cost you. However, a secure login safeguards your app from unauthorized access and ensures data security and hence spending a little more to protect your sensitive data is a good idea.
Will your app need location based services? Will it have in-app purchasing functionality? Will it have any engagement tool? Do you want any other custom add-on? All the feature additions may cost you anything between $1000 to $10,000 and more in custom features.
These days most of the enterprises integrate analytics tool in their app so as understand its usage, user behavior, app performance etc. The data collected can be critical in measuring your app performance but it will push your budget up. The cost of analytics integration depends on the vendor, tool and expertise needed to integrate it.
In addition to these, there are other considerations like your app distribution & marketing strategy, maintenance and upgradation frequency that have an impact on your app budget. Understanding the key drivers to an app development cost will help you plan your budget to perfection and prevent any offshooting.