You’ve landed upon this blog (welcome!), so you likely know the competitive edge your business stands to gain with custom mobile applications. But do you know that an expert managed IT provider can help your business build, deploy, integrate and maintain those apps so that they are tailored to meet your specific business needs? This will lead to improved operational efficiency, enhanced customer service and a stronger competitive advantage—all things your business needs to remain profitable and viable in today’s aggressive market.

But it can be challenging to spearhead mobile application development in-house. Connecting diverse technologies from different sources is usually time-consuming and requires deep technical know-how to succeed; therefore, if you’re looking to outsource, you’re in good company. Here’s a quick step-by-step strategy for making the most of your mobile app development outsourcing venture:

Step 1: Collaborate internally beforehand: Before starting your exploration into outsourcing, you should first strategize internally about what direction you’re looking to take with mobile application development. Collaborate with your internal team on what you’re ultimately hoping to achieve with your outsourcing process; for example, ask yourself whether you want your applications to operate on-premises or in the cloud or if you want them to integrate with legacy systems. You’ll need to have this information ready for your vendor when you begin shopping around.

Step 2: Identify your strategic business needs: This internal collaboration will hopefully lead to identifying your business’s most critical needs. This will, in turn, help you determine what level of support you will need from your vendor in application development and systems integration. For example, perhaps you’re looking to:

  • Create unique business cases for new custom applications
  • Shorten the application development cycle
  • Create impactful user experiences to drive higher adoption rates
  • Integrate legacy applications
  • Deliver cloud-to-cloud or cloud-to-on-premises integration for data sources 

Step 3: Survey potential vendors: Once your team has internally collaborated, identified your company’s core needs and what level of support will be required to meet those needs, you can begin assessing potential vendors. You will be able to clearly and definitively present your needs to your vendor(s) of choice and see how they will work to bring your goals to fruition. And don’t forget the basics: Take a look at the vendor’s credentials as well as testimonials from past clients specifically related to mobile app development. See just how long the company’s senior-level experts have been in the game and identify what other strengths the company offers.

As a managed IT resource, we know the importance of creating strong custom mobile apps by cultivating strategic working relationships. With nearly two decades of experience in application development and systems integration, AAJ Technologies can help your company successfully build and manage the apps that solve your greatest business challenges. Interested in learning more? Explore the list below of related blogs about mobile app development. Or, keep the conversation going by clicking here to schedule a consultation with our team.