You need an app development team. Period. You look, you search, you interview… but each mobile app company sounds vaguely similar to all the others. And when you ask them about their skill sets, you get a download of engineering talk – technologies, languages, and platforms that only make them sound more similar. It’s exhausting and incredibly time-consuming to try and navigate through options when you’re ultimately unsure what the essential app development team skills that set them apart are.
What skills make the difference for an app development team?
Engineering skills laced with business skills.
After all, if they don’t understand your vision, they’re never going to build it the way you want it anyway.
Essential App Development Team Skills You Need from the Engineers
Here are six essential app development team skills the software engineers should bring to the party:
1. Modern Coding Languages
Your app development team doesn’t need to employ all of these, of course. But they should be skilled in at least one or more of them– and able to explain clearly why they made that choice.
2. Cloud Infrastructure
Since cloud infrastructure is such an important part of mobile development, the team should be skilled in using technologies like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Microsoft Azure, for instance, is a platform for deploying and managing applications and services. It utilizes a global network of Microsoft data centers to house its infrastructure.
Platforms like these are where most of the apps you create will live, so your app development team should be skilled in interacting with them, as well as able to suggest the right one for your needs.
3. Cross-Platform Capabilities
Whether you want to start your app on Android, iOS, or Windows, any successful app will eventually want to be ported into the other two. Coding native apps for one platform has the disadvantage of making the transfer to other platforms much more challenging. In some cases, it might even require a completely different team of engineers.
That’s why it’s important that your app development team champions a cross-platform tool. At Ascendle, we chose Xamarin as the best option for doing this. Xamarin is based on C# code and provides a reliable tool to translate apps cleanly into Android, iOS, and Windows – or all three simultaneously.
4. Data Expertise
Data drives apps; data defines customers; data is both what you’ll collect and how you’ll recognize your end results. You need that data. Lots of it. This means you’ll need skilled data engineers to create the most efficient databases and repositories possible. A well-designed database will lead to a smoother, better-performing app.
Your app development team may also encounter data in many different forms from a wide variety of sources. Understanding these sources and being able to interact seamlessly with them is an important skill for mobile development.
5. Integration with Cloud-Hosted Systems
You don’t always know what you’ll find in the cloud. Technologies like AWS have grown so large and versatile, they’ve enabled all sorts of platforms, languages, systems, and data. You might want to push data into these systems, or draw data out – or both. This means you’ll need mobile developers who are well-versed in push notifications and prepared for whatever they find.
Making sure your apps are secure can be a real headache for a CEO. You need your customers’ privacy secured, your systems protected from compromise, and all the logs, checks, and balances in place.
At Ascendle, we use tools like OAuth to allow user logins via social media accounts. This avoids revealing passwords and has the advantage of familiarity for end-users. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to security.
There will always be some risk. Minimizing that risk is what’s important. And that means working with mobile development teams with a thorough grasp of security protocols and the latest best practices and tools because you can never be too safe online.