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Building Mobile Developer Skill Sets: 4 Tips
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ChrisMurphy
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9/24/2014 | 9:19:36 AM
Should you build?
Very valuable post, I hear a lot of companies wrestling with how and how much to build up their mobile dev shop. One big question is whether they want to become mobile developers, bulking up in-house talent, or be mobile architects who guide third-party mobile developers. I hear a number of companies deciding that they need in-house talent, given how crucial these customer-facing apps are and how often they want to add new features. But it's by no means the universal approach, some very active mobile innovators continue to outsource. 
Laurianne
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9/24/2014 | 1:01:08 PM
Good real-life examples
Thanks for sharing these mobile dev examples. Your shopping cart anecdote makes me wonder why the CMO agreed to let that project go on as long as it did. A year is a long time these days.
H@mmy
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9/24/2014 | 4:25:20 PM
University Students
"It is wise to develop relationships with local universities."
I find this an excellent approach. Students are always excited to get some professional projects in their student life so that they can dive into the pool of experience. Students can be trained and you can groom a good resource for your organization.
H@mmy
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9/24/2014 | 4:29:18 PM
Development Process
I think mobile application development process has eased out a lot as compared to the process 3 years ago. With the advent of cross platform tools and engines life for a developer is now much more easy.To think about the right development methods and technology before starting over is very essential.
SachinEE
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9/25/2014 | 1:33:43 AM
Re: Development Process
"I think mobile application development process has eased out a lot as compared to the process 3 years ago. With the advent of cross platform tools and engines life for a developer is now much more easy.To think about the right development methods and technology before starting over is very essential."

Work is more fluid, more accessible, but never easy. You can do all the transportations from software to software, align lines of code, write once run anywhere etc. but you still have to satisfy the growing need of softwares that wasn't so much 10 years ago. People are insatiable when it comes to using software for their work/home needs and therefore software industry (and especially mobile software industry, since everything is an app now) is booming after the introduction of platformed smartphoning.

 
SachinEE
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9/25/2014 | 1:36:33 AM
Quality app development
Under deadlines and strict monitoring from the managers, quality app development is harder than ever. Most apps are released in what you call the beta stage, and are ugraded from that level, one stage at a time. However the beta tested apps are more like alpha tested apps while we get the Beta versions. I think development should be flexible, and because of this what you may lose in quantity, you can gain in quality.
H@mmy
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9/25/2014 | 2:34:41 AM
Re: Development Process
I would agree  to some part of it. There has been a great variation nowadays with respect to OS version, Screen size, browser variations which has troubled the developers.
KenP156
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9/26/2014 | 4:00:56 PM
Re: Good real-life examples
That's a great question. Even though the trend is more toward rapid app release cycles- max 3-4 months, many companies are still investing as much as a year in their intitial external apps. It's mostly a function of understanding mobile and moving the company to be able to design, deliver and support mobile apps. One of the bigger "bumps in the road" for many orgs is integrating to their backend systems.
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9/28/2014 | 2:10:35 PM
Re: Quality app development
@SachinEE: you may be right. The time factor in IT has always been crummy and a project fetches less money if you complete it a day late, however I don't think making quality apps has anything to do with deadlines. What you can do is without pressurizing a single employee you can hire more, because IT is ready to pay to get the results. 
SunitaT0
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9/28/2014 | 2:13:47 PM
Re: Development Process
"I would agree  to some part of it. There has been a great variation nowadays with respect to OS version, Screen size, browser variations which has troubled the developers."

@[email protected]: Not just that, developers had to abstract the OS features from the small things that can affect it, like screen size, brightness (in short, premium hardware parts that enable maximum user experience) and they have had to work keeping these factors in mind. Mobile developers have a lot on their plates.


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