How to calculate how much your enterprise app should cost?

how much should enterprise application development services costThis article is going to describe the structure of different enterprise applications and average costs needed for the development.

Why Are Businesses Going Mobile?

Mobile apps are becoming a big deal in the workplace. Many professionals are using mobile apps to get work done. Companies that realize this and take action have a great advantage. While some industries were early adopters of the mobile technology, in other industries applications for this trend are still being discovered. Though it is clear that no matter the type of business, mobile devices can serve it a great deal.

Such thing as “standard” application does not exist. Therefore it is tough to name a specific digit for the cost of its development. The simplest application for an iPhone will cost on average 8 000 Euros. For more serious and complicated projects, the budget will vary from 20-50 thousand Euros to even 3 hundred thousand. If there is a need to make the version for an iPad, development will be 50% more difficult, therefore, will demand +25% to the expenses. For an Android application preparation usually turns out to be 30-50% more difficult than for an iPhone application.

Basically, the development process is not as bad as you may think, let’s figure it out.


Step 1. Think of the application type


To begin with, it is essential to outline the structure of an application development process. Starting with apps, which can be divided into categories (lifestyle, entertainment, games, social networking etc.), audience, age and other, needless to mention that in practice applications for mobile devices flow into three types: mobile web applications, hybrid and native apps.

BYOD (bring your own device) is becoming a popular trend at many offices around the world. Mobile enterprise apps now must support multiple platforms— iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry—therefore, when possible, cross-platform development is preferred.

Here we pass to the most integral part: fully-structured development process of a mobile application. It’s split into three major parts – app development (planning, front end, back end, testing) designing (visual designing, copywriting) and other costs like marketing and support etc. Costs vary and there’s a weighty contrast between giving an assignment to a freelancer, offshore development company, or an agency like SoftTeco that provide enterprise application development services.


Step 2. Plan


It is urgently important to take an ideal opportunity to experience the basic arranging steps.

  • Define the task and make use cases. Make a composed meaning of your application thought that unmistakably delineates what it will do, who the clients are and why they will concern about it.
  • Mental model. It characterizes an idea in imaged terms. It’s the main chance to begin to perceive how the application may develop.
  • Involve the or specialized technician. Superbly, the group is included toward the start of the task. This is the point at which you can figure out whether your thought is doable, can be fruitful and what desires you ought to have for time and spending plan.
  • Layout. With the use cases, you made in part 1, make representations of the thought on a sketchpad, whiteboard, or format tiles to uncover usability issues.

Without understanding what kind of app you want to have at the end of the development process, nothing will work out. This stage includes not only the type of application, its main purpose and a goal of reaching as many people as possible who are looking for your services, but also the main and most crucial part, which is a budget. To make our lives more easier there exists numbers of online calculators, that will help to sum up the cost of an app of a dream.


Step 3. Costs by Stage


Here is an analysis of costs for each stage. Design – $40 to $160 per hour; Code – $110 to $160 per hour (outsourcing can be cheaper, read the reviews and recommendations first to be sure that the quality of service equals costs); Testing – $20 to $110 per hour; Back/Front End Development – $110 to $160 per hour.


Step 4. Development & Testing


At this part hired aforetime group of developers is ready for their work. When development is complete, here comes the testing stage. When all the preparations made your app is ready to release. Launching will require a fee of $99 for an App Store and $25 for Google Play. Customer service – $500+, Miscellaneous – $5.000-$10.000

Total Costs for the year of existing app since the release including the development costs.

OR The 12-month running costs.

Development – $130.000;

Design – $30.000;

Marketing – $40.000;

Support – $6.000

Total: $206.000

Some functions you may want to include:

Custom Icon design ($500-$1.500);

Share Capabilities ($1.000-$3.000) mostly social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.);

In-App Purchasing ($2.000-$6.000) allows users to buy a content or full versions of the app within this app;

Web Services ($1.000-$5.000) will help you to update an app with an XML files, not bothering about raw changes in code;

Rating System ($5.000-$7.000);

Geo-location ($5.000-$7.000);

Game Center ($1.000);

Native iPad support +25%

Some of the pitfalls may become a complete disaster for the future of the apps. So listen carefully.

Let’s say you have an idea (no mockups, prototype etc.) and looking for the company or a developer to help you in further development. But you have a certain amount of money and not eager to spent more. Most of the companies will tell you that the money you have is totally enough for creating an app and moreover will send you plans and tables on every development stage. It is ridiculous; no one can say what will be a total amount.

As a stage 1 of the project, business analysis is performed, then mockups created and then design. Each screen must be discussed with you. Once all is clear and design approved, the implementation starts. Some may divide the project into milestones. Once a milestone is finished, developers send you the build to install on your device to check. When all the project is completed, they will help you to upload the app to the store.

When choosing to adopt a mobile app for its business processes a company is usually concerned with its security and compatibility with the existing IT infrastructure. This promotes custom solutions rather than out of the box products. Custom development is a preferred approach for customer oriented enterprise apps.

Custom Enterprise Solutions

SoftTeco has helped many large enterprises around the world to take advantage of the mobile technology to increase its operating efficiency, ROI, customer engagement and open new revenue channels. Most forward thinking business consider mobile an integral part of their development strategy seeking most effective approaches at integrating it into their business processes.

We specialize in custom enterprise mobile applications development for a variety of industries.

Development of every application in its own way unique and requires a creative approach. Therefore, it is impossible to define precisely in advance how much you need to spend on the development of this or that enterprise application. But definitely you shouldn’t save money on mobile applications if you decided to make it.