As an app developer, the variety of avenues you can take for your application can be dizzying at best and a real headache at worst. This is no different when it comes to picking the best platform for your product.
With an array of platform options to choose from, all using different frameworks and technologies, choosing the best one for your product is essential as, once you’ve picked one, you’re pretty much stuck with it. Of course, refactoring the code is an option, however, it’s important to remember rewriting the product in another language could double the development time.
With all of this in mind, it’s important to take all of the necessary steps to ensure that you’re picking the right platform from the get-go.
What are your options?
When it comes to deciding which platform to use, figuring out your options is always going to be the best place to start. Choosing the right platform can be down to a variety of factors. For example, are you working to a tight deadline? Or maybe you need your product to be solid by day one?
Factors such as these will play a significant factor in helping you to make a decision, however, here are some of the more common options available.
● DIY - Sometimes, starting from a blank slate and building an installable app in-house is the best option. This can offer a huge amount of flexibility but is by far the most time-consuming process.
● Assembling - Rather than carrying out all the work yourself, there are a host of companies that specialise in one piece of an application. This means that you could assemble these services, taking the pressure off of writing everything yourself.
● Platform as a Service (PaaS) - An even easier option than assembling is to enlist the help of a Paas company. With all of orchestration, compliance and hosting already done for you, all you’ll need to do is build your application using their platform.
Of course, these are only some of the array of options to choose from so ensure you’ve done your research. A useful tool to test out which option works best for you is to create a rapid prototype (RP), a high-fidelity proof of concept developed in a single sprint. An RP can give you a great idea of how each platform operates with your architecture and can help you to figure out which works best.
Using the results
Once you’ve seen how each platform behaves, you’ll need to use the results to consider a winner. While the software you’re working with will help you to make the right decision, there are also a host of external factors that need to be considered.
For example, how have the developers faired with the platform? If it’s going to take your team a significant amount of time to get up to speed it may not be the best option. There are also other factors such as security, support and maintenance capabilities that you’ll need to consider, so take your time.
The final decision
While it’s great to see how multiple platforms operate and how the architecture you want to implement works, you will at some point have to make a final decision.
With this in mind, take time to rank each platform to help you figure out which one is best. While this can be down to personal opinion to an extent, the platform with the best score is likely the best for your operation.