How much will it cost? The first and most-oft asked question is “how much will my app cost.” There is no flat cost or flat rate – and the answer will always be it’s about the time spent on the project; the client’s time, the developers’ time, and the coming together in the progression of the journey to close on publication.
Rates will also vary on the expertise and talents of the team you choose to develop your project – as in any industry there are those who will promise the world, but deliver the dungeon and others who are able to more realize your goals in practical form.
“There is no obvious path for any one of our clients but for almost 10 years we’ve been able to treat our clients well, to produce what they want, and to bring their products to market,” said Eric Silverthorn, President of Dallas-area based Semaphore Mobile – the area’s longest standing development house – which posted 12 products to the 2008 opening of the App Store and which has since created close to 400 iPhone and nearly 300 Android operating system apps. “Many of our clients have returned for additional development enhancements, new products, and word of mouth has definitely been our best public relations model.”
Semaphore Mobile’s 100-percent locally based team, from the admin and project development manager to the lead developer and his team, are available to its customers. Rather than hoping that you or your team on the other side of the world will be awake during working hours, you can be sure that this hometown, home team, will hit your timezone.
“About 20 percent of our customers have come to us as a second resource, their first ‘across the pond’ as they say,” said Silverthorn. “It very rarely is cheaper, faster, or better when outsourcing development projects and we’re proud to have our team here in the Dallas area, available when our clients need to reach us.”
“There is no obvious and guaranteed path for app development and we have many clients who’ve come in looking for just one format – and decided to develop both,” said Silverthorn. “We’ve had clients come in with a design drawn on a napkin – and others with incredibly mature plans – and we’re able to turn both versions of the dream into reality.”
Expertise? Semaphore Mobile’s development team has nearly 100 years worth of combined experience and the camaraderie and respect from all levels of the company is strong.
Using collaborative tools, the team stays connected to each other and its clients by using Join.Me, Basecamp, screenshare capabilities, frequent meetings and calls. Again, that Semaphore Mobile is based in the central time zone, rarely are team members more than an hour or two off the clock of their clientele.
With communication truly the key to success, there can’t be enough opportunities to be sure the plan, and thereafter support, updates, and more are able to meet the clients’ needs.