Documentation is crucial for tracking all aspects of the application to improve quality of the software, as well as its maintenance.
A quick-buck developer who neglects the documentation process creates quite a burden, impeding efficient knowledge transfer for all of those future developers who pick up the development process later as an application evolves or needs to adapt to various server environments.
Documentation is a must and should cover all of the following:
- Server environments.
- Business rules.
- Databases and files.
- Application installation.
- Code deployment.
And more. As much as possible, to be honest.
Low Bidders Make Any Business a Risky Business
Choosing the low bidder for any commercial project has always been a risky business practice, but never more so than in today’s digital age, where the online review has replaced word-of-mouth as the defining factor for business reputations.
Yeah, you could buy thousands of bot-written reviews for pennies on the dollar, but today’s customers are more aware and bullshit-aware than ever. These practices are extremely short-term and not suitable for any firm looking for a steady growth over the years.
Customers, suppliers, and business partners all entrust sensitive digital information to your business.
They’ll expect the enterprises they do business with to maintain professionally developed websites and smoothly operating applications which can meet or exceed business demands while keeping sensitive data secure.
Clunky applications, poorly developed software, or a cheaply priced low-performing website will not only impede business growth, but it could also cause a negative return on investment which sinks the startup regardless of the quality of services or products provided.
Nothing destroys customer relations like an application which fails to take orders or a website which crashes under peak traffic, or worse is incompatible with mobile platforms. We’ll discuss the importance of mobile compatibility in today’s consumer environment in more detail below.
Narrow Scope Developers Who Bite Off More Than They Can Chew
Anyone who has started a WordPress website is aware of the many “developers” who volunteer their services by email.
It seems that anyone with an email address and a laptop can hang out the developer shingle. While it may be possible to stumble across a truly competent individual, too often a WordPress expert lacks the skills in other crucial IT specialties, such as marketing design and branding, and he may freak out completely at the mention of a horizontal portal. If you’re especially unlucky, the freelancer you hired might now even know about these nine mistakes killing your website SEO and conversion.
Which brings us to our next critical core competency for any business development project.
Mobile Development Skills Are Mandatory
Mobile development is crucial today for businesses operating in the mobile-first marketplace.
The catchphrase for businesses in 2018 is “Go mobile or go home,” according to an article at Entrepreneur.
Mobile phones are now the device of choice for consumers, sometimes the only device they use to do business online.