In this era of the mobile device, companies on the cutting edge are creating mobile apps to get their products and names everywhere. But when you’re outsourcing the creation of your mobile app, there are many things to watch out for and many unknowns. Here are several things to be wary of when outsourcing your mobile app development to a development company.
Your development team isn’t local and may be half way around the world.
In this global market and with the use of the Internet, it is possible to be working with a company on the other side of the Earth. Because of this, there may be issues with time zones and language. When dealing with programmers in other countries, not being able to properly communicate with them can be a big issue and a time waster. Good communication is key to developing a good mobile app and if there is a language barrier as well as severe time zone differences, it will be hard to communicate with the developers, especially if you’re trying to arrange conference calls in the middle of their night or yours.
Not protecting your source code in countries without patent and trademark laws.
When you develop overseas you can end up having the code written in a country without laws that protect your intellectual property. In these countries, you have to take extra steps to make sure that your finished product isn’t pirated and sold by someone else. Even though you have signed contracts with the development company doesn’t mean that a less than the reputable employee could steal your code. Make sure that you restrict access to production databases and never allow the developers to have access to the entirety of the source code at the same time. Breaking up the code into smaller units so the developers never get to see all the code for what they are making.
Not doing enough research on the development company.
Be careful about jumping into business with an overseas company. Make sure you do your due diligence and properly investigate the company, interview their programmers to make sure they know what they are doing and that they aren’t falling behind in trends and technology. Also, look for their websites and read their technology blogs for further clues to their technical skills. Scour their social media sites to learn more about what they have done and where their company’s strengths are. Once you’ve thoroughly vetted the development company and feel confident in their abilities you should be able to proceed with them.