One of the single most well-known quotations about today’s world is Apple Inc’s trademarked “There’s an app for that.” It is so well known that it has made its way from corporate advertising into the depths of internet culture, and when we look at our phones we can see why. No matter what you use – the App Store or Google Play, or even Windows Store there are such a large variety of commercially available apps that the word “application” seems almost outdated. We all love setting an alarm with our favorite tune or booking a movie ahead of the queue. From booking a cab to finding a life partner, in today’s world – There’s an app for that!
But What Exactly Qualifies as An Application Software?
There is, nowadays, a difference between an app and application software. Software developers often the term “apps” as those that are available for mobile usage and are found on online places such as the App Store or Google Play Store. However, an application is different from this and has a broader definition.
As Technopedia puts it, “Application software is a program or group of programs designed for end-users. These programs are divided into two classes: system software and application software. While system software consists of low-level programs that interact with computers at a basic level, application software resides above system software and includes applications such as database programs, word processors, and spreadsheets. Application software may be bundled with system software or published alone.”
For any business, it is imperative to be ahead of the competition. In today’s world, there are over 5 billion mobile users. (Source: Statista) This is a massive market and one that cannot be ignored. Mobile internet usage has surpassed desktop usage as of 2016 and as such, it is very important for companies to adapt to this changing trend. Just having a working website is simply not enough to reach out to all your customers in the mobile world. Nearly 80% of customers have said that they will not use a website if it is not responsive on their phone. That is a massive percentage of potential customers!
Once the software is operational it will need maintenance. This includes updating, modifying, and re-assessing to correct faults or add features to the existing app. This is mostly done by the development team based on the user feedback, changes in the app functionality or development of new and improved features.
The next obvious question then becomes how to develop an app that suits one’s business needs as well as provides an excellent customer experience. As things are, app making has been made increasingly accessible and less nuanced than it used to be; which means, it is not just for the most elite software engineers. As of today, anyone can be an application developer. Roughly put, there are 7 basic steps that one is expected to take over the course of application software development:
Of course, software development is far more complex than this. Overall, 11 popular software development methodologies are often practiced, each with their respective pros and cons. They are:
Which one of these you wish to stick by is up to personal as all of them are viable depending on the needs and comfort of the user.
An application is a way most of your customers will interact with your business. Be it an online experience through a portal or optimized website or a full-fledged application, it is necessary not to be left behind. Apps are everywhere and having a subpar or non-responsive app can make or break a consumer base that is currently plagued by the problem of having too much choice! It is just not enough to have a good app but to get it out there with the right marketing and app development team. Some apps can be developed to be used internally within a company as well, and these can help ease the workload on a day-to-day basis for employees.
The app industry was valued at $10.8 billion in 2017 (Source: Application Software Global Market Report). This has only risen and continues to do so. As such, in the digital marketplace it is not just a wise investment to make a good app, but a necessary one!
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