Mobile application development is already on the rise. In 2020 alone, the mobile application development business generated over $188.9 billion in revenue.
What’s more interesting is that enterprise application development is expected to reach an all-time high of $510 billion. This trend is not going to slow down in the next few years especially because Google has now moved from a desktop-first to a mobile-first approach.
So, the need for applications will remain popular in the coming years. What is important to understand here is that the mobile application development process plays a crucial role in its development. Without a proper application development process, applications will not be developed on time.
The app development process involves a deeper level of understanding of how the whole mobile application works. In this article, we will discuss:
What is the Application Development Process?
The application development process is the flow or the steps that an application goes through during its development.
The application development process is needed to turn your idea into a proper application that can be marketed to the users.
Each application development agency has a different framework for designing apps, but more or less the phases remain the same.
Phases of Application Development
Here are the steps of a complete application development process.
1. Strategy & Ideation
Ideation is the first step of any application development process. A company requires strategy and design and most importantly the client approval.
Once the application is approved by the client, you will have to design its design diagram. The design will include a functional diagram of how the application works.
Estimated time: 10 days
2. Analysis and Planning
Once the application is approved by the client, it will go to the developer and business analyst who will analyze the application and plan its functional diagram. They will also create wireframes of the application so that it can be sent to the designer for creation. The business analyst or the project manager will be involved throughout the development process to create the application from the ground up. In most cases, agencies assign a dedicated developer for each application they are creating.
Estimated time: 5 days
3. UI/UX Design
Next, the application needs to be designed by the UX designers. The UX designers will create all pages (activities) of the app and make sure that they are working properly. They will also make necessary comments on the UX design to let the developer know how to design the application. Once the application is designed properly it will be sent to the developer for the back-end.
Estimated time: 10 days
4. Application Back-End Development
The developer will now start work on the back-end of the application. It usually takes a month to complete the back-end of the application. If the application is enterprise-level and has multiple modules, each with different functionality, the app can take even more days to complete.
Once the application back-end is developed, it is sent to the business developer. The analyst will now see if all modules are complete, and then send the final application for testing.
Estimated time: 30 days
5. Application Testing
Application testers can take two weeks to two months to complete the application testing. He/she will come up with various use cases to see if the application is working properly and without any bugs.
It is the work of the application tester to come up with unique use-cases that can test the application to its limit. The purpose is to ensure that every page of the application provides a desirable result and has logic behind it.
Estimated time: 60 days
6. Deployment & Support
Once the application is complete, it will be deployed on the server and the account credentials will be sent to the client so that their team can also test the application.
If there are any bugs, they will be noted. The client can take a month or so to complete the testing process on the server. Once the application is tested, they can request the complete application code and get the support of the agency to deploy it on their own servers.
Estimated time: 30 days
That’s it. Now the application is deployed on the client-server, the agency will keep the application maintained for the first six months. After that, the client can hire the same agency on a new retainer or go with another agency for its maintenance, it all depends on their budget and needs.
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