4 key application development service provider capabilities Posted on July 5, 2012 by Tim Burke When it comes to developing applications, finding an application development service provider who has mastered the development lifecycle is, of course, critical. But it’s not the whole story. You also need a provider who has these four capabilities: Understanding of security issues. The majority of developers are not security experts, and secure coding is historically not identified as a priority. Oftentimes, the arduous task of vulnerability identification and remediation cannot be successfully addressed by limited IT security resources. Look for an app dev services provider who offers a time-saving solution for all types of security testing — outsourced, individual, and enterprise-wide analysis — and for all types of users, including application developers, build managers, quality assurance (QA) teams, penetration testers, security auditors, and senior management. A virtual bench available to you. Your app dev services provider should have expertise on hand that covers just about every development technology, language, and platform. You should be able to describe your needs and have your providers respond with customized team solutions that can carry you through your entire development lifecycle, and even offer simple staff augmentation. Global reach as well as local support. Your app dev services provider should have tested, proven, and successful off- and near-shore development reach, so you can save money on development costs and benefit from an ROI hedge during development lifecycles — a valuable option in today’s business environment. And your provider’s onshore resources should be comprehensive, with hybrid teams and U.S.-based project managers, so communication and requirements are handled without complication. Expertise in mobile app development. Your app dev services provider should have in-depth experience with Apple’s iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry OS mobile application development, so they can get your mobile application to market quickly.