Tuesday, September 10, 2019

8 Considerations for Hiring a Mobile App Developer


Is your business thinking of adding a mobile app to sell your products or enhance your customer service? You’re not alone. In the second quarter of 2019, there were almost 2 million apps available in the Apple Store alone, with 205 billion mobile apps downloaded in 2018. You may have already begun to search for the right mobile app developer to help bring your product to market. With so many options to choose from, how do you make sure you select the right mobile app developer for your needs?
Here are 8 considerations for hiring a mobile app developer to help make that choice easier.


Portfolio
The first thing you want to look at when evaluating a mobile app development company is their portfolio. Look for projects that demonstrate experience with the type of technology you want to use, the platform your app will run on and features similar to yours.
Look beyond the company’s technical prowess, however, and spend some time deciding if they have the user interface and design skills your app will need. How a user interacts with your app and its interface could make or break its success.
And make sure you don’t just view their apps’ screenshots or descriptions – actually download the apps and install them. Play around, click everything. Make notes of what features or workflows you do or don’t like to discuss with the developer later.


Past Clients


For added due diligence, check out reviews of the development company on sites like Clutch or Goodfirms, third-party services that rank providers and allow users to submit somewhat anonymous reviews and feedback. Read each review and rating carefully for any details of budget, schedule, or project management abilities. See if the review mentioned whether the company used subcontractors and how they performed. What you learn from these sites doesn’t necessarily have to make your decision to work with that particular developer or not, but being forewarned of potential issues means you can address them with the developer before signing a contract and perhaps help you negotiate terms.

Price
“You get what you pay for” is wise advice. Never let a low price quote be the sole reason you select one mobile app developer over another. Instead, look at the value behind the quoted costs – what does each development team bring to the table and is that value priced fairly? Will you end up spending more on added features and additional scope if you go with a low-cost developer with less experience? Does a higher priced team have more resources available to get your project done faster? More often than not, a quality, professional, and experienced team is priced higher because they’ve developed apps like yours before and know all the pitfalls and additional work required to bring your idea to market. Trust that expertise.
That being said, if you’re just getting your business off the ground your budget may be tight. In this case, hiring a high-caliber, knowledgeable mobile app developer located outside the United States could be a great option. Offshore developers have the experience and tech chops to work with you effectively, but charge much less than US competitors.

Partnership
Ideally, you want to find a mobile app developer who will be with you through all phases of the entire project: design, development, launch, and support. Look for a team who is interested in your business, and how your app will affect and grow your business, and can recommend solutions, ideas, and tips for integrating the app into your sales efforts, marketing plan, and long-term business strategy. Don’t go for a developer who just wants to get in, get the development done, and then move on to the next client. Instead find, one willing to build a partnership with you and your company that could last beyond this one particular app.

Package
It’s a good idea to make sure whatever mobile app developer you hire doesn’t just work in one technology or specialty. Does their expertise encompass a wide range of languages, platforms, or software? Or do they have access to sub-contractors or other partnering companies who can fill any knowledge gaps? This might be important if a critical feature of your app requires additional front- or back-end technology that can’t be supplied by a development company with a narrow skillset.

People
Building a mobile app is a big undertaking and can be a long, intense process. It’s important to know if you’ll be able to work well with the people on the team you hire because you’ll be spending a lot of time with them, either in person or remotely. Can they communicate well? Do they treat you with respect and make an effort to understand your desires and goals? Are they professional and have your best interests in mind? See if you can spend some time in the hiring process getting to know not just the team lead, but also some of the developers who will be working directly on your code to help answer these questions.



Platform/Project
Make sure before you hire a mobile app developer you do your research to know what platform and mobile devices you want your app to run on. Know your app’s requirements inside and out. Have a clear, defined set of goals you can provide each mobile app developer you talk to. Find out if the developer does strictly native apps or can develop cross-platform, which could make a difference if you want to reach all mobile users regardless of device.

Process

Try to discover if the development company has a project management process and, if so, what that process is, in detail. Knowing this will help you understand what to expect from them and when during the project, and also what they’ll need from you before they can move on to each next step.
If they don’t have a process? Think long and hard about whether they’re right for you. Even if your app is very small or low-tech, development can’t be done well when it’s done haphazardly. There needs to be a step-by-step development procedure with benchmarks, milestones, and measurable goals in place.

After reviewing these 8 considerations for hiring a mobile app developer, you may feel more confident about your ability to select the right one for your needs. Reach out to Innuy to learn more about how we meet and exceed each point with our mobile app development offerings.


Thursday, September 5, 2019

Innuy Named Top Developer in Latin America 2019: Clutch Leader Awards


Since 2012, our team at Innuy has been committed to development that gives clients the results they deserve to elevate their company. We realize how many choices are out there and thanks to a dedicated group of creative developers, we have been named a leader in our industry. 


Clutch, the premiere B2B research firm that categorizes business based primarily on verified client reviews, recently published their list of the “Top B2B Companies in Latin America 2019” and Innuy is proud to be a part of the Uruguay developers list.


“Their interest in understanding the business and operation of the company is remarkable. They strive to learn what the goal of our software is, which is admirable. That’s not something I’ve found with most other development partners.” – CPO, AI Company 


This award wouldn’t have been possible without the awesome clients we get to work with every single day. The feedback they have given to Clutch will only aid more success for our future clients and projects. Thank you to our clients for being honest and we’re happy we could make your business better.


Come check out some of the headway we have made in the development industry on Clutch’s sister sites – The Manifest and Visual Objects. VO is a visual display of portfolios that enables prospective clients to skip all the fuss and just lets the work speak for itself. You can also find how-to guides, industry-related news, and a research list on The Manifest. Both of these sites give insight into Innuy from different perspectives, so you can get the whole picture of us. 

The development industry is a challenging place, but our team at Innuy is always up for the challenge. Whether it’s working with AI or creating apps from scratch, we never give up on getting it right. To our clients, thank you for giving us that chance to create. Here’s to many more years of elevating your businesses.


Monday, August 26, 2019

AngularJS vs. ReactJS vs. NodeJS: Which Is Best For Your Needs and Why?


It’s safe to say that Javascript has firmly taken its place as the de facto language of the Web. It’s easy to learn, easy to use, and offers many opportunities for creating reusable libraries and frameworks to help speed up development and share resources. AngularJS, ReactJS, and NodeJS, arguably the most popular frameworks, all rely on Javascript yet are functionally different – they each bring a certain set of strengths to the Web development arena to help companies launch fast, scalable apps and Web sites.
Which of these three is right for your needs, though? It’s important to become familiar with each framework’s capabilities and how they can work for you before you hire a company to develop your app. So let’s take a high-level look at the major characteristics of AngularJS vs. ReactJS vs. NodeJS to help you figure out which one is best for you.

AngularJS

AngularJS, is an open-source framework developed by Google and launched in 2009. The reasons it has become a leading Javascript tool, with a huge developer base, include the following: 
  • Development is simple and easy because AngularJS simply extends your HTML client-side view. Your HTML attributes dictate which Angular controllers are used for which elements.
  • Angular’s module-based development model is fantastic for single page applications. Developers can organize their code in separate Javascript files, keeping that code clean and neat.
  • Automatic data synchronization is possible with Angular, which allows real-time testing throughout all stages of development using mock data.


AngularJS is best for you if: 
  • You’re building fast, complex, and rich user interfaces
  • You need clean, reusable code
  • Your app needs to be tested and brought to market quickly


ReactJS

React, is technically not a framework, but a library of Javascript tools and components. It’s a favorite of gigantic Web sites like Facebook that need to display huge data records quickly.
  • React’s components are translated into design elements that can be used over and over again for new apps or interfaces.
  • It’s virtual DOM refreshes only the critical part of a page displaying a data set, rather than the entire page at once, making response time to user actions lightning fast.
  • This in turn make a Javascript site uniquely SEO-friendly because the virtual DOM returned by React on the server side appears to the client side as a regular old HTML Web page.


ReactJS is best for you if:
  • You need to build multiple apps quickly or want a plug-and-play library of design elements that can be used across your suite of apps
  • You have a site where load speed is a critical part of your business model


NodeJS

NodeJS is technically considered a runtime environment rather than a framework. It’s powered by the Google Chrome Javascript engine and can run server-side on various platforms including Windows, Linux, Unix, etc.

NodeJS is best for you if:
  • You want to use Javascript on both the front and back end. Node.js on the server-side can listen to HTTP requests and directly read and write to a database. It also reduces the need to duplicate code on both the client and server sides.
  • You will need the ability to scale your apps quickly and easily as your needs increase.
  • You have a need for real-time video or audio streaming/encoding. Node’s data streaming capabilities allow you to do this with no hit to performance.
As you can see, each of these frameworks is a solid choice, depending on what you need from them. It’s important to have a clear understanding of your project, goals, and the technology at your disposal before you select the framework best for you.
If you need more guidance, however, call us! We can do a thorough exploration of your needs and make the best framework recommendation to meet them.


Friday, August 16, 2019

Quintessential Full Stack Development Services by Innuy Earns GoodFirms Recognition


Excellent development services by Innuy grabs GoodFirms recognition among the leading mobile app development, big data, and Devops service provider companies.

About Innuy

Innuy is a software development company that strives towards solving complex problems, developing high-quality, state-of-the-art apps for its clients globally.
Innuy is leading the market by providing mobile app development, software development, big data, and DevOPS services to small and medium scale businesses globally.


The company focuses on providing its services majorly in advertising & marketing, consumer products, financial & payments, information technology, and real estate industries.


The team of efficient technicians at the company applies cutting-edge technologies, along with the latest productivity tools and methodologies to deliver the best, and expandable software solutions to their clients.


The company aims towards building trustworthy relationships with their clients by offering them daily summaries and being available 24/7/365 to answer their questions.


The development process at the company is so transparent that the client always knows the status of their project.



The quick methodology allows Innuy to work very closely with their clients, as the company successfully works across different time zones and cultures.


The constant integration techniques applied by the experts at Innuy automate most of the testing process, allowing the team to find possible problems during the development or production phase, and rectify them before product release and implementation.


One of the clients has shared their satisfying review of Innuy, mentioning that the services are straightforward, engaged, and reliable.

GoodFirms Research Methodology

GoodFirms is an established B2B company that connects IT service seekers to service provider companies. A large number of companies yearn to be a part of GoodFirms service provider companies. A network of skilled and trained professionals at the company analyzes the IT companies based on their market penetration, client satisfaction, and total experience gained by the companies. The companies are further identified based on three crucial parameters at GoodFirms, which are Quality, Ability, and Reliability. The companies which outshine all these specifications are listed among the top service provider companies in their respective domains.


The team of experts at GoodFirms also analyzed Innuy and listed the company among the leading positions in the IT service provider companies.
Acknowledged by GoodFirms
GoodFirms appreciated Innuy for its exceptional mobile app development, big data, and DevOps solutions.



  1. Mobile App Development Services


Innuy provides exceptional mobile app design, management, testing, and deployment services to their clients.


The app developers at Innuy understand the importance of mobile apps in people’s day to day life and work towards creating mobile app development solutions with tech-savvy, user-friendly, and client-centric approach.
Since its inception, the company has grown gradually and developed an astonishing relationship with potential clients globally and thereby boost revenue for their business.


Innuy plans to become a leading app development company by applying powerful and intuitive app solutions to the client’s business.


The team of technically proficient app developers drives the company to grab a leading position among the top mobile app development companies in Uruguay at GoodFirms.


  1. Big Data Development Services


Innuy is leading in the market for providing exceptional business intelligence and big data analytic services over the years.


The company aims to grow towards providing its clients with the best big data analytics services that can assist them to make the right business decisions ultimately.


The panel of skilled and qualified technicians at Innuy work continuously towards delivering the clients with services that match their expectations.


The passionate thinkers and developers have led Innuy to attain a name among the top big data companies in the USA at GoodFirms.



  1. DevOps Development Services


Innuy holds a leading position among the top DevOps service provider companies by delivering excellent solutions that help their clients to boost their businesses.


The team of expert developers at the company assists their clients by providing 360-degree monitoring of automated infrastructure, which secured Innuy a leading position among the top DevOps companies in North Carolina at GoodFirms.


The company holds expertise and experience in providing its clients with tools, configuration & integration of staging, pre-production, and production environments.


Innuy offers agile testing and deployment of the software by providing services that make it convenient to collaborate with its clients globally. 


About GoodFirms

Washington, D.C. based GoodFirms is a maverick B2B research and reviews firm that aligns its efforts in finding the top mobile app development, big data, and DevOps companies delivering unparalleled services to its clients. GoodFirms’ extensive research process ranks the companies, boosts their online reputation and helps service seekers pick the right technology partner that meets their business needs.


About the Author

Anna Stark is presently working as a Content Writer with GoodFirms – Washington D.C. based B2B Research Company, which bridges the gap between service seekers and service providers. Anna’s current role lingers her to shape every company’s performance and key attributes into words. She firmly believes in the magic of words and equips new strategies that work, always in with ideas, something new to carve, and something original to decorate the firm’s identity.


Friday, August 2, 2019

5 Innovative Technologies Powering Web Apps in 2019


Can you remember what the Web was like 10 years ago? Twenty? A static page with a few images and long paragraphs of text and hyperlinks? 
Fast forward: It’s 2019, and the pace of change for new Web technologies is now exponentially faster and more futuristic. But these changes are doing amazing things for Web and mobile app usability, customer service, interactivity, and functionality.
Here are five of the most innovative technologies powering Web apps in 2019.
Chatbots

A chatbot is a software that uses standard answers to “talk” to a human during a live chat session on a Web site or mobile app. The bot scans the person’s questions and responses for keywords in order to serve up the correct reply.
According to HubSpot, as of 2017, 48% of customers would rather contact a company for customer support by chatting live than calling on the phone or sending an email. And an additional significant number (40%) of people say they really don’t care who they talk to – a live human or a chatbot – as long as whoever it is can solve their problem.
That’s important to consider for companies that have any kind of customer support component of a Web or mobile application. And big brands like Whole Foods and Duolingo have already implemented such innovative technology into their Web sites.
Advantages of chatbots are tremendous: 24/7 customer service, less chance of human error, and easier experience for your customers.
AI

While we might not be using robots to fold our laundry or cook our food anytime soon, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is poised to take the Web by storm.
Powered by machine learning, that constant stream of data collection and mining that feeds into a computer system to allow it to make predictive and informed “decisions” and “choices,” AI already helps companies like Amazon and Netflix recommend products to buy or movies to watch. AI is and will soon become even more present in customer service (Remember chatbots above? That’s a form of AI.), image recognition, and personalized marketing.
Progressive Web Apps

Think of a Progressive Web App like a hybrid Web and mobile application. They use Web APIs and traditional Web site programming tools (HTTPS, JSON, and a service worker) to make a traditional Web site behave more like a native mobile app. 
Progressive Web Apps’ main advantages: they run reliably on any platform and even offline, they load incredibly fast, offer push notifications, and they feel like a natural app, making the user experience seamless. They’re also delivered to the user via the Web, and not through an app store, and can be installed and used right from a person’s home screen.
Motion UI

The best way to describe how Motion UI enhances a plain old Web site is simple: interactive animation. Motion UI is a simple SASS library that enables custom animations and transitions on a Web page. Much like powerful traditional video animation, Motion UI helps create rich user experiences that 1.) captures a user’s attention and holds it with motion, and 2.) responds to a person’s input with even more animation that can help guide them through their journey with your site.
Provided by digital product design company Zurb, they offer a robust playground where you can test and view all the features of Motion UI.
And, here are some beautiful examples of Motion UI in action.
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Voice search


“Alexa, where’s the nearest pizza place?”
“Siri, what’s the name of the world’s largest ocean?”
Ever since Siri’s velvety tones first started answering iPhone user’s random questions, voice search has grown into arguably the largest trend to affect app technologies to date. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2020, 50% of all searches will be voice-driven.
What’s the biggest implication for you as a Web site or mobile application owner? You need to make sure your content can handle search-by-voice.

And what happens when you add chatbots/AI to voice search? Pretty soon, we might all be talking to our phones – and our phones will start talking back, not like an impersonal robot, but intelligently, like a friend.

Looking for advice on how to incorporate these innovative Web technologies into your Web apps? Give us a call! Here at Innuy, we have the expertise to help you make the most of chatbots, voice search, and any of the other technologies mentioned here.