How to develop your customized App the right Way

The right application «off the shelf» is not always available. In many cases, companies search in vain for an application that fully meets their requirements. So a customized app has to be developed - and that can quickly run into money. So what is the best way to approach the project? Do you have the application programmed traditionally? Do you use a low-code platform or is an app created with no-code perhaps even sufficient?

On the one hand, you certainly don't want to spend more money on your customized app than absolutely necessary and pay for functions that you don't need in the end - on the other hand, the application should meet all requirements in the best possible way and also be usable in the long term. This dilemma is often not easy to solve. It is important not to rush into anything here, but to clarify and define exactly which requirements the desired app really needs to fulfill before the project begins. This is the only way to make the right choice when searching for the optimal development solution.

First plan, then choose

In principle, it is always a good idea to take enough time before starting a project and to think carefully about which functions the required application absolutely needs to fulfill in order to be able to meet the requirements placed on it without any problems in the long term. You should therefore ask yourself the following questions when planning your development project:

  • How many users should use the application?
  • Where should the app be used? (Desktop, mobile or both?)
  • Is it foreseeable that the number of users will grow rapidly?
  • Is the application only used within a department or across departments?
  • Are the desired functions simple or complex?
  • What infrastructure should the app be integrated into?
  • How much time and money are available for the development of the app?
  • Who should implement the development?
  • Do you see the possibility of the application being developed and maintained internally by one or more members of your IT team or should specialists with in-depth programming knowledge be responsible for and implement the application development?

Depending on how you answer these questions, development with no-code (no coding at all), low-code (little programming) or pro-code (traditional programming) will be the best solution for your project.

No-Code, Low-Code or Pro-Code?

In many cases, No-code development, which does not require any conventional programming and can therefore also be used by experienced laypersons, does not offer the necessary options for creating more complex applications.

A kind of hybrid solution is application development on low-code platforms. These enable the creation of simple and complex applications and can also be used by non-professional programmers with a little practice and support.

If you want or need to have a complex application with many functions completely reprogrammed (per-code or usually also low-code),professionals must always be involved, which of course also has an impact on the budget.

In summary, the decision as to which development strategy is the most suitable for a project depends largely on three factors:

  • the complexity of the project
  • the budget
  • the time available

If you want it to be quick and as inexpensive as possible, traditional programming is not an option and you should opt for no-code or low-code. If you are not in a hurry, can «draw from the full» and need an application with complex functions, then it is advisable to work with professional developers or programmers. In this case, low-code or pro-code are the strategies of choice.

Conclusion: the decision

Equipped with all the key data about your project, you are finally in a position to select the most suitable and optimal programming strategy. In many cases, as is often the case, the happy medium is the right one: low-code development is very flexible and is ideal for many projects. Both professional developers and interested amateurs can work with this development strategy. Simple and complex functions can be programmed in equal measure, and it is fast.

If you are unsure about defining the key data for your project and are struggling to choose the right development platform, we can recommend our white paper on the subject. There you will find a brief description of the programming strategies no-code, low-code and pro-code, including advantages and disadvantages, an overview of the various low-code development platforms and a practical list of the most important decision criteria as a guide for choosing the right solution. And all this is free of charge.

If you would prefer a personal consultation or have specific questions on the subject of application development, our expert Stefan Heer will be happy to help you.

Stefan Heer
Stefan Heer

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
+41 61 385 93 00

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