App development guide

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What does this involve?

An application – or app – is a piece of software that can run on a smartphone, tablet or other portable device to provide a more interactive and user-friendly experience. Businesses can use apps to communicate better, improve customer support, offer greater convenience, boost brand visibility and increase efficiency. 
Find out what’s involved in creating an app in the DigitalBoost app development guide. You will need to consider the costs of developing an app, or outsourcing the task, before you begin. There are security and data handling requirements to meet, plus you may need to budget for ongoing updates and improvements.
The free guide examines aspects such as:

  • reasons for creating an app
  • whether an app is the right option
  • what to consider if creating or commissioning an app
  • how to manage personal data
  • minimum requirements for app approval by Apple and Android stores
  • the cost of building an app
  • ongoing considerations for an app

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are thinking about starting, or already run, a business in Scotland.

What does this cost?

This is a free and impartial service.

Who is this for?

Any business based in Scotland, at any stage in its life cycle.

How long does this take?

Take 30 minutes to consider whether developing an app could be good for business.

Important information

Consider how you will handle personal data to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR specifically covers ‘online identifiers’ – which means any data that results from interacting with your app that could identify the individual. 

Next steps

Visit the Business Gateway site to read or download the App Development Guide(PDF, 621KB), external link which will open in a new window


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