Gartner Research

How to Estimate Mobile App Development Costs

Published: 04 January 2018

ID: G00348416

Analyst(s): Marty Resnick

Summary

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
  • Key Challenges

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

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