Mobile cloud applications are a rapidly growing and expanding sector of the high-tech world, a wild west of sorts where the rules are still being made. Fortunes are there for those who strike gold, and lives can change at the drop of a hat.
In this chaotic, high-stakes world, it can be difficult to navigate through the folk wisdom, urban myths, and flat out misconceptions that abound.
How can you navigate through this metaphorical Scylla and Charybdis? How can you divine the truth from lies? How can you turn your great idea into a profitable app? It may be easier than you think. Here are four myths about mobile app development, and the hidden truths.
Myth 1: You need a finished mobile cloud application to get investors
In fact, there are many ways to get funding for your mobile cloud application, and many of them do not in any way require a finished product. With a working prototype or even a simulacrum thereof, you can solicit crowdfunded support and pitch to venture capitalists. A demo or beta version of an app that gets a buzz and a lot of signups will fast track you to serious investment. Mobile app development is a process, and Rome was not built in a day. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, and don’t let the good be the enemy of the sufficient.
Myth 2: Business apps are data heavy
There is a common belief that mobile cloud apps that serve businesses are de facto data heavy, presenting significant challenges to a developer who wants to keep their costs down. While it is true that mobile cloud applications may take in a lot of data from the backend, you can mitigate the scale of this problem by transferring filtered sets of data over the cloud, instead of a huge block of raw data. In doing so, you can massively reduce the scale of the data transfers, from hundreds of megabytes or even gigabytes, to mere megabytes.
Myth 3: It takes months to develop a mobile app
Not always! With the right toolkits and mobile platforms, a development team can get an app to the working stage in as little as sixty days. Reuse relevant code and backend services, and you can essentially recycle components of other apps into yours. Think of it as different television shows sharing the same sets.
Getting your mobile cloud application off the ground is a lot easier than you may have thought. When you know the inside secrets of the trade, you can transcend the artificial constraints and find yourself immersed in wisdom. You’re only as stuck as you think you are.