Xamarin Platform Review

Provides cross-platform support for mobile app creation. It should support native functions for iOS and Android.

What is most valuable?

  • The ability to work in macOS for Xamarin iOS solutions
  • Cross-platform support

How has it helped my organization?

Creating mobile apps became quicker as we started to use the code base function.

What needs improvement?

Xamarin Studio should be more polished and support native functions (iOS, Android). It should be working like a charm.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used this solution for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Generally, when iOS products get updates, some issues can happen with Xamarin. Crashes happen from time to time.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Most scalability is handled on the server side. In rare cases, some libraries weren’t supported, such as the TCP/IP stack.

How is customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

Setup was actually pretty complex, as we had to get experience. We had some oddly written solutions provided from previous vendors of our customers. These were impossible to maintain.

What was our ROI?

By the third year, we got a solid ROI. It’s hard to measure, but is was probably over 200%.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing and pricing have changed, as the product moved to Microsoft. Before that, it was fairly complex: $800 per developer place, for one platform only.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at alternatives. However, other solutions were only hybrid platforms, which lagged behing when doing moderately complex projects.

What other advice do I have?

You will need to invest a bit of time to become a good vendor using this framework.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: We are an Xamarin certified partner.
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