The Most Important Consideration in Web Application Development
You’re ready to begin your custom web application development project to provide more flexibility for your users, automate processes, keep things updated, and increase storage capacity. You’re pretty sure you know what technology stack you should use because you used it on your last project and you know it works.
Good idea or bad?
Technology may be considered the most critical aspect of your web application. Afterall, it will provide the foundation and empower the functionality of your app – for good or for bad. But…unless your IT team is as good as a dedicated web application development company, you may end up choosing the wrong technology that can derail your project before it ever begins.
Choose Your Web Application Development Company Wisely
Technology changes rapidly and rarely are two web application development projects identical. Technology must be chosen on a project-by-project basis, which requires intimate knowledge of the pros and cons of all of the various technologies required to launch a web app.
Every web application includes server-side programming that requires the right technology to make the application function the way it was intended. From programming languages and databases to a caching system and server, custom web app development isn’t exactly a simple journey. This is just for the server-side of things. There’s also the client side that the actual users see on their screens. All of this takes experience in multiple technologies, employing emerging technologies and understanding how each technology relates or impacts another.
There are a few things your web application development team will consider when they choose your technology stack. The most important issue is what type of web application you are building and what type of user experience does it need to provide. You can’t pick the right tools until you know:
- the level of complexity of the application,
- your business goals and of course,
- your budget.
This brings us to the next most important consideration: your budget.
You may be able to buy the Cadillac of technologies, but do you really need to? Is there a better option that will cost less? Do you know what your options are? Your web application development team should and if they’re good, they’ll make sure you do too.
Your budget will also be directly impacted by the time it takes your application to be developed and released. The longer the sprint, the higher the cost. If you can integrate with third-party solutions, utilize out-of-the-box functionality where possible, find code support when needed, and easily test for bugs, you’ll speed time-to-market and in turn, reduce costs. Every technology you and your team choose will either help or hinder this process.
Secure Your Web Application
Not all technologies are the same. Your web app will likely provide access to sensitive data and systems. If your systems are on the web, they are a target. In fact, 79 percent of companies faced “severe” cyber attacks in Q3 2017 alone. Accenture estimates these cyber attacks cost organizations an average of $11.7 million per year.
The custom web application development company you choose should be well-versed in the security guidelines for each technology it may select for your project. If they don’t, either move to another web application technology or find a different web app development company.
While this is not an exhaustive list of all that’s involved in choosing the right technology stack to fit your specific project, it gives you an idea of why choosing the right developers who will choose the right technology stack for your project is so critical. Unless your internal team lives and breathes web application development, it’s likely best to leave the technology decisions to the experts. Too much is at stake to leave it to chance.