Custom Application Development
Cyfrania makes technology accessible and useful. We do all kinds of software application development services "for hire". Our thoughts always go beyond code delivery. The aim is always a successful production launch.
Our application development services
Our engineers develop, maintain, and extend apps and websites for our customers to support their business.
As a custom application development company, we are primarily dedicated to crafting apps with unique features that cater to specific needs not addressed by off-the-shelf solutions.
However, we conduct a comprehensive analysis of each situation to evaluate the costs and benefits associated with building an app from scratch. If it is not feasible, we offer customization options leveraging available off-the-shelf software.
Apps we build for our customers fall into two main categories: online platforms enabling consumer access to products or services and business process automation tools.
Online Consumer-Facing Platforms
Consumer-Facing Responsive Web Applications
We recommend startup founders to consider this option as the first step, offering the fastest and most cost-effective approach to showcase their products or services to a broad audience.
Responsive design ensures that a web app can be conveniently accessed and navigated from desktop, mobile, or any other device with a browser.
Cross-Platform Mobile Apps
This option could be added to a web application as a subsequent step in situations where users regularly access the app through mobile devices and seek improved convenience.
Cross-platform web and mobile apps share the same codebase that speeds up development. Moreover, they now rival native mobile apps in performance and offer access to some native device features.
Native Mobile Apps
This option requires developing separate applications for the Android and iOS platforms, which increases both the development timeline and costs.
It is reasonable to pursue this approach when app users need seamless integration with native mobile device capabilities, such as GPS, calls, camera, microphone, etc.
Business Process Automation Tools
Web Applications for Internal Use
For these solutions, custom app development is usually the preferred choice, as off-the-shelf apps rarely fulfill a company's unique requirements.
Our team conducts comprehensive research to uncover possibilities for optimizing current business processes, boosting performance, reducing database load, modernizing and integrating existing system elements.
What We Care About
The goal is to produce software that works and that is easy to use. Our engineers maintain high code quality, so the app is easy to maintain and extend.
To ensure that decisions are grounded on reality, we give the customer honest data about their project. We discuss tough issues without sugar-coating, we give real estimates, we stick to the truth and share our opinion openly.
We help the customer maintain and grow their app, so they can focus on business success. We often work with the customer for years, keeping up mutually beneficial long-term relationships.
App Development Process
Our team joins effort with a customer to closely examine:
customer's app vision and revenue generation strategies;
available technology options and the resources needed;
app users' demands and competitive landscape.
After considering technical constraints, development costs, user value, and the profit potential, we finally identify the app features that are feasible to build.
To optimize costs and outcomes, earliest possible validation of app user value is crucial, along with the ability to guide development based on user reactions.
Thus, to minimize the time to the first app release, we:
- identify a minimum set of app features suitable for user presentation, that is a minimum viable product (MVP);
- assign a project team that is typically consist of 2-4 engineers;
- prepare an MVP release roadmap and assess the timeline.
We also provide rough timelines for the post-MVP development, enabling the customer to plan costs and associated activities.
This phase encompasses UX design, app prototyping, and the creation of app mockups.
To expedite the start of the app development phase, these tasks can typically be conducted concurrently with idea research and project planning.
Our engineers adhere to the following agile software development practices:
- weekly customer-led task planning;
- daily progress reporting to a customer;
- weekly new feature delivery to a customer;
- pre-delivery code review by at least 2 team members;
- pre-delivery code automated testing.
This phase encompasses manual code testing by a QA engineer. This task is conducted in addition to automated testing performed by programmers in order to:
- customer's app vision and revenue generation strategies;
- reveal bugs within legacy code that cannot be covered in full by automated tests;
- ensure app stability in scenarios of unintended app use and non-typical user actions.
App Support and Extension
After implementation of main app functionality, our customers often require us to provide the following support services:
- fixing issues raised by users or detected by automated error tracking systems;
- implementation of additional features requested by users or a customer;
- scaling up and performance optimization;
- app updating and cleaning up databases;
- modernization of outdated app elements.
At the end of the application development process, we deliver:
Analysis of the problem to be solved - graphs and charts as well as plain verbal explanation.
Code committed to the customer's repository and owned by the customer from day one.
The application rolled out in the customer's infrastructure and available to the public (or to a closed audience if needed).
Any additional documentation requested by the customer.
We have great respect for projects that proved their worth for the users. The value that it brings to users is the core of the application. Bearing this in mind, we make changes to the code very carefully so as not to harm relationships with the current app users.
Going beyond the role of mere implementers, we contribute as true partners that are just as committed to project success as a customer is.
Our investment is our expert knowledge, extensive experience in custom application development, industry proficiency, worked out and polished practices, analytical and research skills.
We assume total responsibility for the technical side of our projects.
How much does it cost to build an app?
After proper research, we provide a detailed cost estimation for the initial app release that includes basic functionalities and a rough estimation for the subsequent development, allowing the customer to budget their expenses accordingly.
Generally speaking, for web app development projects, the first release may be achieved within 1-2 months from the project kickoff. In the case of mobile app development for Android and iOS platforms, the first version can be released in 3-4 months. App development cost is determined by multiplying the timeline by the hourly rate of a software development company.
In most cases, the app vision undergoes continuous refinement and clarification throughout the development process, relying on user feedback and outcomes, which makes it challenging for a custom app development company to provide accurate cost estimates in advance.
What team do you need to build an app?
The custom apps development team typically comprises 2-4 engineers, with variations at different stages.
A UI/UX designer's and business analyst's main involvement is at the beginning of the project. The core team typically includes frontend and backend developers for web app development projects, or 1-2 mobile developers for mobile app development projects. As the project progresses, a QA engineer joins the team when required to ensure quality control.
How long does it take to build an app?
In line with the agile development approach, we strive to expedite the release of a minimum viable product (MVP), that is an app with a minimum set of features suitable for user presentation.
For web app development projects, this first release may be achieved within 1-2 months from the project kickoff. In the case of mobile app development for Android and iOS platforms, an MVP can be released in 3-4 months.
Developing complex apps may require more time, but delaying the initial release beyond 4-5 months is highly uncommon. After launching the MVP, app functionality expands gradually by assessing user reactions, with the timeline varying based on the app’s nature and the owner's objectives.
What are the benefits of outsourcing application development?
Outsourcing can eliminate the need to maintain a physical office with full-time IT staff.
On the global market, it's possible to obtain custom application development services at lower cost, further reducing the development expenses.
Moreover, outsourcing provides enhanced flexibility, allowing for the application of various models. App owners can engage multiple teams for different tasks or combine their efforts, leveraging top talents, mitigating risks, and controlling costs.
Another option is to form a hybrid team, outsourcing selected tasks that are not feasible for in-house development.
Contact us. Let's talk about your project idea.