Put simply, application development is the process of creating a set of programs (or computer programs) to perform different tasks required by a business. From scheduling sales reports to generating feedback and analytics, applications help companies increase efficiency and automate processes. But what are the different types of application development, and what process does app-building entail?
The app-building process
Every application process follows the exact same steps: understanding your requirements, designing prototypes, testing, installation, and integration. Each of these steps is vital if you want your application to be a success and meet your business’ needs.
However, although the process is the same, there are a number of different application development terms. It’s important to understand each one to ensure you’re choosing the best solution for your needs. Let’s take a look at these below:
Mobile application development
You’ve probably already heard of mobile application development, but it’s just one process for you to consider. Specifically, it’s the process of creating apps that run on any mobile platform: iOS and Android. With everything you need in the palm of your hand, you can make instant updates from your phone and track your inventory.
However, while these apps allow employees to complete tasks while on the move, they can also act as a medium between a business and its clients and/or customers. Although the mobile app development process can be intensive and rigorous, it’s a valuable tool for building strong customer relationships.
Custom application development
Packaged software is often too generic and too difficult to implement, which is why custom application development is another popular option for business owners who lack familiarity with programming. Custom software can be tailor-made to meet your requirements, and generally eliminates the need to use more than one application for specific business functions.
By working with a custom application development provider, you’ll also have full access to the development team and any problems that arise will be fixed efficiently and quickly.
Database application development
When spreadsheets become unmanageable, database software can come to the rescue. With your business expanding, a database app can help you manage and structure information across different tables, which is paramount for success. With an app such as this, you can also implement specific workflows, provide authorisation to certain users and define custom roles. These applications meet all of your data handling needs, and are simple to use.
The future of application development: low-code
Many people believe the future of application development is ‘low-code’, a solution that provides a model-based and visual integrated development environment. These interfaces make it easy to build apps and design automated workflows based on business logic.
Here at vLinkD, we offer a range of customised software development solutions to meet your business needs. From custom applications to mobile technology, we’d love to talk to you about our application development services and expertise. Simply contact us today to find out more.