The world of software development is a truly competitive field. There is an ever increasing demand for every type of product and service. If you are thinking there might be room for good ideas to dominate in an uncontested atmosphere, I’m sorry to break your bubble. That is simply not true. However, that doesn’t stop even the smallest of firms or the most novice individuals to make it big in this industry, develop a great product, and eventually dominate.
If you are new to this, it can be very difficult to know where to start with the designing, launching and marketing of your app. Fortunately, a lot of people have done the same before and there is a clear path for those who are willing to be patient and have a bit of dedication.
Today, we’ll be discussing the various components and steps you’ll have to consider and implement in order to build your first app.
Look for a problem to solve
Some of the best softwares were created from completely random ideas. Whether it’s someone who was outraged over a price increase or a sudden realization that a service of your dreams doesn’t exist, the best ideas aren’t very systematic.
However, you will have to do some market research before investing valuable time and money into your project. This requires brainstorming of the various ideas at first, followed by in-depth research taking into consideration the various markets and niches involved. What could be the key selling points, features, prices and other variables of your potential competitors in a given market? Are you able to identify your target audiences? Do you have more information about the demographic group? These questions and many on those lines will need to be discussed during your research phase. At the end of this process, you should have a clear idea about the role of your software. With persistence, you will discover an opportunity sooner or later.
Conceptualize Your Idea
Once you are done with the required amount of market research and narrowed down your focus to a particular field of interest, you will have to start the process of turning your ideas into designs. Some of the key questions that you need to discuss during this phase includes, how do you envision the product? Who is the user group? What is required in the MVP? How should work? And how will you monetize it?
Initially, you will be developing the idea for a product rather than programming a feature into the software. These are two distinct phases that are fundamentally different – one involves a creative thought process, while the other involves a concrete logic driven thought process. For some, conceptualizing their ideas will be the difficult part. Build your team based on their strengths and how they complement each other.
Create Your Software
This is the most time-consuming and crucial part of the whole software development process. Software creation involves coding, testing, deleting, revising multiple times over. This is the part of the process that will help you in finally creating an actual product that functions, solves problems and fulfills demand.
During the software development process, you’ll want to do a lot of personal testing and tweaking to make sure it works the way you want it to work. Sometimes you would need others to test your product. To make sure your good ideas aren’t stolen during this stage of the process, use a software escrow service.
I hope this article was useful for you to learn more about how you can start building your first software. There are various stages in the software development process, and you will become more proficient in it as you spend more time on each of the stage and gain experience. If you have any doubts with regards to this, let us know through the comments and we will be glad to help you out. If you have any suggestions regarding how we can improve the article, let us know them through the comments as well for us to improve.
Do you have any other reservations against using a software escrow? Have you tried any other strategies and tools to make sure that a critical software for operation is not affected at any cost? What is your opinion on the state of the industry when it comes to SaaS businesses? Do you think it’s stable enough for small companies to flourish? Let us know through the comments.