How to Estimate Mobile App Development Costs

Published: 04 January 2018 ID: G00348416


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Total cost of ownership models for traditional app development are insufficient for mobile apps because they don't apply to mobile-specific needs. Application leaders must adapt to these needs (such as back-end infrastructures) and the volatility caused by changes in mobile technologies.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Analysis
    • Estimate Total Cost of Ownership by Starting With the MVP
    • Consider Mobile Apps' Ongoing Costs and Their Continuous Delivery
      • The Company That Underestimated Mobile Back-End Service Costs
      • Failing to Consider API and Web Services Licensing
      • The Importance of Lessons Learned
    • Communicate New or Unexpected Costs to Stakeholders Immediately
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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