As a senior mobile software developer here at Unidev, with over 20 years of client, web-based, and mobile development under my belt, I have learned one simple truth. Software development companies are not the same. Outsourcing overseas, although inexpensive, comes at a price.
Many times clients look for the quick, cheap way to get their app done by outsourcing overseas or to local development companies that outsource. Many companies out there represent themselves as a local US based company but when it’s said and done they simply contract the work out for pennies on the dollar.
This is a great way to get many things done but could come at severe cost in the long run. I had a client about a year ago that had a horrible experience. He had an excellent, “why didn’t I ever think of that?” kind of idea for an app. He wanted it done quickly and didn’t want to invest much to get it done.
He went through a company he thought coded locally and hired them at a price that was about 50% off of the going rate. This company delivered as promised and he was initially happy. The app was submitted and started to rank. The application made it to number 50 in the productivity category and he was bringing in a little cash.
What he didn’t know was, there was another app that had an uncanny resemblance to his original application and was ranking in top ten for a different category. The app had a different icon and user interface but the idea was identical. The revenue of the like app was about 20 times that of the original app.
This client managed to save 50% off of going rate but ended up losing much more in revenue in the long run.
When picking a consulting company to create an app, it is important to know where the work is getting done and how far reaching any non-disclosure documents have to go to be enforced. Intellectual property is about the most valuable asset that many companies own and should be protected as such.
Here at Unidev, we have an excellent team of local full time employees that can get your app from idea to app store while giving the piece of mind that your intellectual property is protected.