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Technology Agnostic Software Development

by Jose Gomez
App Development
6 minutes read

The word agnostic is often interpreted on a negative note. An agnostic is someone who, in simple terms, does not affirm or negate anything. They can sometimes be seen as indecisive, unable to have their own opinions, and even worse, incapable of taking a stance. 

Although some of this is true, agnosticism can have positive benefits in the context of technological tools. More specifically, when it comes to app development, being a technology agnostic is probably something positive.

Contrary to common sense, working with a technology agnostic development partner can be potentially good for your app development project for various reasons. In this post we discuss why a technology agnostic development partner may be what your software project needs.

What Is a Technology Agnostic App Development Partner?

There is no single answer as to what a technology agnostic means. For some, it means being able to look at different technologies from an outsider’s perspective. That is, being able to have an unbiased look at various technological tools. For others, it means being unwilling to commit to an opinion. 

From our experience as an app development company, both of these definitions fall short. For us, being a technology agnostic means helping clients find the technology they need in the right way. This conclusion sounds pretty simple, but it should be taken with a grain of salt. Choosing the correct technological alternative for a client demands knowing what the market offers and what the client needs and can implement.

When it comes to app development tools, there is a lot of information to process. Companies looking for the right alternatives that will meet their business needs want someone to help them decide and implement the correct solution while being objective about it. For one reason or another, many app development companies often fail to consider the necessary elements to choose the right option.

There are way too many alternatives out there, and a single company can’t stay up to date on all of them. Even technology companies struggle with this, and that’s okay. The important thing here is to accept the fact that there are many different technological alternatives for building an app, and that one of them surely fits the purpose. Finding the right one, under the right circumstances, should be the goal. 

Finding the Right Solution

Helping companies find the right solution for their app development projects is not as easy as it sounds. On the one hand, common-sense tells us to just choose the best ideal solution. In other words, this road leads us to go after the best market solution. This sounds great, but in reality, many obstacles can prevent an ideal solution from becoming a reality

Sometimes, projects within existing companies have difficulties pivoting from an established technology to another. This happens due to legacy technologies as well as restrictions like time, money, and skills. When a project is already going, it is sometimes better to stick to what you have and try to work something out from there. For companies that are just starting, having the proper resources to implement the ideal solution is not always possible. In those cases, it is best to go for a solution that allows the company to achieve some short and mid-term goals, always keeping the long term in sight. 

This takes us to the other side of helping customers find the right solution. It often happens that app development companies try to go for the alternative that demands the least amount of effort on their behalf. This situation is very inconvenient for numerous reasons. Implementing the best solution may require a lot of work, and although choosing the easiest one can save your team time, in the long term, it might end up being more expensive and resource consuming. Working out a temporary solution may result in long term difficulties. Temporary solutions often fail when it comes to scaling or integrating with other software tools.

Thus, project teams seem to face two alternatives: choosing an ideal and often troublesome solution, or trying to work with what they already have. 

Technology Agnosticism as Objectivity

To overcome these two challenges, development companies need to look at app technologies from an objective perspective. Being technology agnostic does not mean being unable to choose the right tool. On the contrary, it means, in a way, being objective about it. 

Technology agnosticism is not about choosing between the two alternatives mentioned above. It is about strategic decision making, and most importantly, about preventing emotions and false assumptions from skewing the choices we as technologists make. 

Emotional attachment to certain technologies is real, and it needs to be addressed and overcome to choose the right app development tools. Doing so demands stepping away and looking at a project as an outsider. It also requires being informed about different choices and their strengths and weaknesses. 

This a great responsibility as app development companies have an important say in their clients’ future. Failing to stand up for the challenge may result in undesired business consequences. 

It Is All about Discovery

How can the right decisions be made when it comes to choosing the right app development tools? There is no one size fits all formula to answer this question. Development teams need to sit down and understand what the project needs to figure out the right technologies. They need to be technology agnostic to make the right decisions. 

The discovery phase of a project is crucial to achieving this. Through discovery workshops, team members can formulate their questions and answer them to find realistic solutions to their technology-related problems. Ideation exercises can help figure out what technologies companies need. By testing their hypothesis, companies can decide if they are making the right decisions. 

Koombea’s ideation services can help your company figure out the scope of your app development project and the right technologies for it. Through it, you will be able to answer important questions about the viability and feasibility of your idea, understand its implications, and the best way to execute it. Our clients appreciate our commitment to sharing our honest thoughts on what is best for your project. We build our relationships with them based on trust. If you want to learn more about our ideation services, book a free consultation with one of our experts.