Smart mobility has become fairly gigantic! We will see nothing similar to smartphones anytime soon. In fact, the typical computing is rapidly shifting to mobile platforms and apps. Also, the growth of the mobile app development industry is quite admirable. Every industry relying on IT is now considering adopting an app. And apps cannot only be implemented for customers but also for employees, partners, and other stakeholders.
But not every mobile app development will succeed! It will happen for sure because not every mobile app will be integrated into the right back-end technology otherwise said as tech stack. The back-end technology is one of the two parts that an application contains and depends on. The other one is the front-end technology.
The front-end of an app enables users interacting with the app. It includes layouts, colors, animation, graphics, text, and other visible elements. The better an app has the front-end, the more it turns out to be pleasing to users and lives up to their expectations. The back-end, on the other hand, is the internal part of an application. It includes things like database, services, etc.
Choosing the right back-end for an app is as important as to choose the right front-end. Three reasons how choosing the right back-end technology makes a big difference not only to an app’s performance but to its overall successes are as follow:
- Making an app faster: When a user accesses your app, there shouldn’t be any lag time. Developers may choose bulky programming language and interface-tools which may use big libraries to perform small tasks. Some of them might be quick and self-reliant. The right back-end technology allows developers to build a very lean and fast-interface application.
- Allowing rapid iterations: In most cases, apps are developed and delivered in stages. Every app goes through years of iterations and, the same will apply to your app too. Here, the technology at back-end should allow developers to seamlessly modify the existing software stack. The back-end technology running in your app should allow adding and improving your existing features at a very fast pace.
- Speeding up the overall development speed: The back-end technology should allow you to build your app faster so that you can quickly introduce it to the market. If it takes a lot of time, there would be unnecessary delays affecting other development aspects.
The technology stack powering your mobile app development will not only dictate factors related to maintainability and scalability but also the cost. The right technology will help in keeping the cost lower.
Finalizing the best back-end technology for your app
The selection of the right back-end technology depends on the features you want in an app. It is the back-end technology that permits whether the app will be robust or not, and whether you will be able to scale it to different versions or not. If you make any mistake in choosing the right technology, the decision will impact the overall performance and affect the future growth of the application.
Back-end (Server Side) Technology
The back-end technology behind mobile apps is generally same:
- Database: MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, Mongo DB, SQLite, Realm DB, Couchbase Lite
- Server: Apache Tomcat, Apache Server, Nginx, Oracle WebLogic, Unicorn, Phusion Passenger, Thin, Puma.
Considerable non-functional requirements
When it comes to choosing the right back-end technology for your mobile app development, do consider about the non-functional requirements, like scalability, performance, usability, accessibility, security, data delivery, extensibility, compliance, portability, disaster recovery, documentation, robustness, and other attributes.
Key questions to be considered before deciding on your technology stack:
Do you have expert or expertise to handle the back-end technology on your own?
No matter how flashy your back-end technology is, it ultimately rests on your development team how it exploits it. You need to decide on whether your developers can handle the tech stack or you will need to hire a team for it.
How much time do you need to bring in your app to the market?
The back-end technology should allow you to rapidly and quickly integrate ready-made features if your project is bound to a time constraint. They may not be quite flexible, but the developer should be able to prepare an app that can quickly be launched. If the development goes by a flexible timeline, then you can choose a tech stack allowing you to get your hands dirty and stretching limits.
Will your mobile app have third-party integrations?
When the user-base of your app increases, you will have enough data and features that other developers would like to integrate with their own apps. Will the tech stack allow these sorts of integrations?
Is there enough documentation available?
Do consider whether the chosen back-end stack has enough documentation available or not and how easily it is to access it.
Does the app target a single platform or multiple platforms?
In most of the cases, an app is now published at least on two platforms, Android and iOS. But if an app has to be published only on a single platform, say Android or iPhone, don’t invest for the other one because you won’t need it.