We Develop Highly Customized Mobile Applications

Today, more users access the web through a mobile device than from a laptop or desktop computer. For this reason, it is critical that software applications are efficiently usable from a tablet or a smart phone for today’s workforce. As a custom software development firm, Brainspire leverages a variety of tools to build highly customized applications that function on countless devices. These solutions include native, hybrid and mobile web applications that can be used either when connected or not. Each business use case is unique, and the mobile requirements, and form factors, need to be considered when creating a custom mobile solution.

We Begin By Understanding Your Needs

Brainspire will work with you to understand your unique business needs when creating a mobile application. Many of our clients believe they need a true mobile application to be installed on the device. Oftentimes, after examining the business requirements, many are better served by building a mobile web application with responsive design. We will guide the requirements discussion with a series of simple questions to understand your needs.

For example:

  • Who are your users?
  • Are they using applications in a connected or disconnected environment (do they have access to the web)?
  • What devices are being used and do you have any control over the devices?
  • Do you want to maintain code for Apple, Android and Windows devices?

By understanding your needs, Brainspire will be able to make recommendations for iOS, Android, and Windows platforms using tools such as Xamarin, PhoneGap, Ionic, Sencha Touch, Appcelerator, Apache Cordova, NativeScript to name a few.

What Will The Application Need to Do?

The functionality of the mobile application will determine the platform and architecture, the tools used, and how it is constructed. For instance, there is a big difference in approach between developing an application that primarily provides information to users on a tablet (bigger screen) in the middle of a city versus developing an application for data entry on a smart device (small screen) in the middle of an oil field with no connectivity.   

Brainspire can help you make the proper decisions that affect both the development and long-term support and maintenance of the application based on the how the application will be used and who will be using it.

What Devices Will the Application Need to Function On?

How the mobile application is constructed will largely depend on the devices the end users will be using. Perhaps the mobile application is for company employees in the field all using a specific Android device or iPad. Knowing exactly what form factor the application will run on greatly reduces the scope and complexity of building a mobile application. If however, you have no control of the devices, the application must be constructed to run on iOS, Android, and Windows tablets and mobile devices with a variety of screen sizes.

We Can Develop Native Applications

Sales of Android and Apple smartphones, and a variety of tablets, have exploded over the last few years as evident where there are more mobile devices in use than humans on the planet. Demand and sales will continue to increase as users demand functionality on the go. Native applications are installed directly on the device and do not need to be connected to the web to function. Performance is rich and native apps typically leverage device features such as the camera or geolocation functionality. While native applications are all the rage, they are more expensive to build and maintain. Each iPhone or Android upgrade, or new device, presents challenges to the business for code maintenance and deployment. The decision for a business to build a native application should be examined carefully.As a custom software development firm, Brainspire writes native mobile apps for Apple, Android, and Windows devices using the native programming languages or cross-platform development tools such as Xamarin, Ionic, jQuery Mobile, PhoneGap, Sencha Touch or NativeScript. We understand the complexities of getting the apps through the various stores and into the market. Because of the investment necessary, and the complexity of maintaining native applications, Brainspire will review the business case prior to taking on a native application project. This review may result in a recommendation to consider a hybrid application or mobile web solution, which is more cost-effective to build and maintain.

We Can Develop Hybrid Applications

A hybrid application is a web application that is hosted in a native app container on each device to allow access to the device’s capabilities. The native app container handles the device interaction and the web application handles the user experience and business logic. Developing and maintaining a hybrid mobile application presents some compelling benefits including cross-platform support for both iPhone and Android devices, providing access to the device’s capabilities, local device installation, and allowing for an unobtrusive way to provide application updates. Hybrid applications provide a long-term benefit for application maintenance and upgrades in terms of time and costs, although the user experience will be somewhat diminished as the application typically needs a web connection to function unless a caching mechanism is used.Leveraging both native and web application development techniques, Brainspire builds hybrid applications to meet an organization’s exact functional needs, as well as, long-term maintenance and cost goals. As with native development, there are several 3rd party tools to assist in developing hybrid mobile applications. Brainspire is also actively evaluating the new tools, approaches, and techniques coming to the market.

We Can Also Develop a Mobile Web-Based Solution

Mobile web applications are the most abundant, easiest to build, and least costly to upgrade and maintain. Basically, a mobile web application is a fully functional website that uses a browser on the mobile device. It is the easiest type of mobile solution to deploy for cross-platform functionality as there are no apps to manage in the stores and has the fastest time to market when deploying to multiple platforms (iPhone, Android, and Windows). Mobile web solutions meet most business needs because mobile web applications are not installed directly on the phone. The biggest drawbacks of utilizing a mobile web application are that the device must be connected to the web for the application to function and mobile web applications can’t access most device functionality.When deciding to build a mobile web application compared to a native or hybrid application, the business case needs to be examined. Unless there is a compelling business case for a native or hybrid mobile application, Brainspire will likely recommend a mobile web application due to time and cost considerations. Other exceptions include whether native device functionality is required for the application to meet the business need. Using responsive design, a fully functional application can be built to perform exceptionally well on any mobile device, using one code base to support all users. In addition to building new mobile web applications for business users and consumers on the go, Brainspire can transform legacy applications to function on mobile devices, further extending past investments and providing low cost, highly maintainable mobile business solutions. The team at Brainspire Solutions would love to hear about your mobile strategy or your vision for a specific mobile app. Simply contact us and fill out the form to contact us and tell us about your goals. We’ll be in touch shortly to set up a conversation.

Custom Mobile Applications - FAQs

Are mobile apps faster than websites?

Yes. UI is used rather than JavaScript codes for most of the functions of mobile apps, thus making them faster than websites. In addition, apps store their data locally on mobile devices, unlike websites that rely on servers. By storing user choices, this data retrieval system helps users save time. Performing tasks also gets easier with the help of a gesture, unlike websites.

How long does it take to create a mobile app?

Creating a mobile app has different stages that take different amounts of time to complete. App development can typically take three to nine months, depending on the complexity of the app and the structure of the project. A feature, such as messaging or chatting, and photo or video editing can take a longer time to develop than one that simply has a like or comment functionality. In addition, it will take extra time to develop native apps for both Android and Apple Devices and earn approvals through both stores.

How much does a custom app cost?

The price varies and depends on the complexity of the app. Simple ones cost around $40,000 to $60,000, more complex projects average at around $60,000 to $150,000, and the most advanced app development can cost from $300,000 or more. Base labor cost can be estimated at around $50 an hour according to Salary.com.

What are the benefits of mobile apps?

Mobile apps provide many benefits but here are a few. It can help users become more modern and even open up new career opportunities. For small businesses, mobile apps can help from building a stronger brand, to easily and immediately connecting to customers. With the education app, students will be able to easily find information or documents for service-learning.

What is difference between native and hybrid app?

Native apps are fast, fit the features of the device, and can be tailored to the user's needs, but they require a lot of development. It utilizes software development tools (also known as SDKs) for specific software frameworks, hardware platforms, or operating systems. Hybrid apps, on the other hand, use specific web technologies (CSS and JavaScript), and almost any platform can be built from a single-code base.

Why is mobile application important for business?

One reason why a mobile application is important for business is that it helps them become visible to customers at all times. Aside from that, it provides general info, prices, promos, and much more. As a marketing tool for increasing brand presence, it most importantly cultivates customer loyalty.

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Custom Application Development

Brainspire Solutions creates full stack custom software applications that perfectly match your company’s needs. Why settle for out of the box software that doesn’t meet your exact needs when you can have a solution the precisely meets how you work. Our consultants drive the process for capturing requirements, providing an estimate, planning, architecture & development and solution delivery.


Data & Business Intelligence

Brainspire’s business intelligence consultants work onsite with our customers to understand exactly what questions you have and what answers you are looking for. The best and fastest way to understand your needs and provide solutions is to be “in” your business, bridging the gap between your business goals and your technical systems and raw data. Seldom does the “canned” report provide the detailed insight decision makers are looking for. Brainspire will work side by side with you to provide dashboards, reports, and analytics using the latest business intelligence, predictive analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques.


Portals & Website Applications

A company’s website is the world’s window into an organization and should accurately represent the essence of the mission, goals, culture and operations. Not only should it be appealing from a visual standpoint, it needs to function flawlessly from a usability and performance standpoint on a desktop, tablet or mobile device. Quality sites can’t simply function as digital brochures; they must attract visitors and engage new and loyal customers. This holds true for public sites, company intranets and secure extranet portals.


Application Integration

Brainspire develops software solutions to integrate your organization’s internal, standalone applications, and your applications with key external business partners. Growing organizations tend to rely on off-the-shelf software, software as a service (SaaS) and custom built solutions to drive their business – but rarely does the chosen, out of the box, software solution work with other systems within or outside the business. This lack of cohesive integration creates manual processes that are time consuming, error prone and expensive.


Mobile Development

Today, more users access the web through a mobile device than from a laptop or desktop computer. For this reason, it is critical that software applications are efficiently usable from a tablet or a smart phone for today’s workforce. As a custom software development firm, Brainspire leverages a variety of tools to build highly customized applications that function on countless devices. These solutions include native, hybrid and mobile web applications that can be used either when connected or not. Each business use case is unique, and the mobile requirements, and form factors, need to be considered when creating a custom mobile solution.


Cloud Based Software Development

Cloud environments offer the greatest opportunity for modernizing software applications while reducing costs and time to market.  Brainspire Solutions has developed and deployed web applications leveraging AWS, Azure and Google Cloud environments as well as private clouds.  The ability to quickly provision identical Development, Test, Stage and Production environments ensures projects get off to a fast start in secure and scalable environments.  Developing and promoting code within a cloud environment through continuous integration reduces development time and improves quality.

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Software Security Services

Brainspire Solutions develops all software solutions leveraging industry standard best practices. This includes proven techniques to secure all applications and data. When we engage with each client we are fully aware that their business is at stake and realize the trust and expectations that are placed on our consultants when it comes to developing secure software applications.

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