The project was a success and I had some interest from some small local companies at the time, so job done, but I wasn't satisfied with the experience or the product, however, this exercise in turn prompted me to use Azure for a successful mobile gateway project in my full time job as an Architect.
So, 5 years later I am looking to do this again and I plan to record what I have been up to.
A lot has changed and I believe that now, more then ever, the options available should mean that start-up costs are close to zero and that enterprise products and tooling are also available with no initial start-up costs.
In the main I will use Azure hosting and Microsoft development tools. This is what I know and if this is going to be successful this isn't the time to stall the process with new technology.
My measures of success are:-
- That the product is used by someone that I don't know.
- That my monthly outlay is less than £50 during the "bootstrap" phase
- That the product is used by someone that I don't know
- That the low-cost approach does not result in a compromise in features or quality
Wish me luck.