Enterprise mobile application development: how much does it cost

Mobile applications have become a big deal of our lives. And our professional lives are no exception. Business owners use mobile apps as serious tools to enhance their business performance. While some industries think it is not for them and some just hesitate, many businesses come after this trend fast and easy.
No matter what type of business you run, a decision to bring your enterprise app to market can face serious challenges. One of them is the true cost of enterprise mobile app development.

Quite often the expenses associated with the mobile development are misunderstood. Let’s clarify what makes the cost of any application development and particularly the enterprise app development. You can read more on enterprise mobile app development here.

What makes the price?

The cost of the app can be calculated with the help of a simple formula where application development cost equals development time multiplied by hourly rate. However, different factors influence the price. Despite the fact, that sometimes we cannot reduce the cost by excluding some of these factors, we can at least be informed about them.


The importance of the GUI cannot be underestimated. No matter what your app is meant for, the UX makes the app. Users should not feel awkward when using the app. Especially the enterprise app which is intended to improve the work of your employees and the whole company. UI should be simple and clear to use. It should not be overwhelmed with elements.


The most popular mobile platforms are iOS, Android and Windows Phone. The majority of the devices owned by your employees determines the platform choice. If the app is meant for workers who own mostly Android the platform choice will be predictable and easy, the same about other platforms and operating systems.
If Android, iOS and other platforms are popular among your workers, your app should support all these mobile platforms. Each platform has its own peculiarities and thus the development time for the app with the same functionality can be different for each platform, which in its turn, increases the expenses.

Developer’s qualification

Enterprise apps with their daily bid data operations and access to personal data for many workers should be highly protected. This requires the developer to be experienced in working with security software to prevent unauthorised access to the app and data-loss. Usual thing, senior developers cost more.
Global outsourcing vs. Local teams. Outsourcing can significantly reduce the cost for development compared to local teams, especially if you are located in the USA or Europe. Developers’ rates in Asian and Eastern Europe countries vary between $10 - 35. Thus, instead of hiring a junior developer in the USA or Europe, you can find senior one overseas and save the change.

Team size

The minimum team required for app development will include:

  • UI/UX specialist
  • iOS/Android developer
  • Web developer
  • Project manager
  • QA

Some companies do not charge the work of project manager which is already included in the hourly rate you pay for the work of the developer. Some exclude the quality assurance. Either way, what you pay separately is the work of every developer and designer.

App Complexity

How can the app complexity be measured? There is no specific list of questions to help you to define the app complexity. However, it is not so difficult. Your app might require the significant amount of data to be synced with the database, located remotely on the cloud. To make it possible the app requires an API to be developed.

If the app data is managed by the administrator, admin panel development is a must, which increases the general time of development and thus the price. When planning your budget, ask your development team to make a preliminary estimate of your project including the worst case scenario of development time.

Must-have features of enterprise apps

  1. Login/Social login. Users have to authorize when using the app, entering either corporate email or social media account.
  2. Navigation. An app should have an ability to navigate user; this can be utilized with the help of short links to move between functions of the app.
  3. Dashboard. Personalized for each user screen displaying the necessary documents, forms, and other data.
  4. Map and Geolocation. Integrated maps that show the user’s current location and potential places of interest such as other enterprise departments, list of stores, etc.
  5. Documents library/pictures gallery. Documents of different formats, stored locally or online.
  6. Analytics. This feature gathers information for future improved updates and general statistics.
  7. Barcodes/QR codes scanner. Using the in-built app camera, this feature reads the codes information and correlates it with the enterprise database.
  8. Workflow. Several screens complex business logic and decisions that stands behind the enterprise app.

So, how much does it cost?

There is no such thing as “standard” app, but the app complexity can relatively be divided into simple, moderate complexity and complex app. The simple app consists of several screens; it does not require API integration and backend infrastructure.
Moderate complexity app might require API integration, payment gateway development, primitive backend, UI interactive elements. Complex apps make the majority of the apps presented on the market. These apps have advanced functionality that requires a long time to be implemented. Thus, let’s take an average development rate of $20 an hour. So if you are going to build a simple app for your enterprise, get ready to pay off around 7k dollars (350 hours x $20 an hour)

Rough estimates

  • Simple app: 300 - 400 hours
  • Moderate app: 500 - 800 hours
  • Complex app: 800+ hours.

Bottom line

Enterprise app development is not as difficult as it might seem. Improved productivity, automated processes, time and human resources savings are among a much bigger number of advantages it brings in a long time perspective, leaving behind the expenses it takes.

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