Basically I need some intelligent research and advice on the IT aspects of a project idea I am working on.
I am looking to have a Microsoft Powerpoint add-in designed. The add-in will be connecting to an online database/website and will need to feed data in both directions. The add-in will be utilising the graphing/charting functionality of Powerpoint to display data from a mobile application (iOS and Android). The website will need to store data and will need to facilitate and manage customer subscriptions to the service.
I need the following questions answered:
i. The feasibility of this idea in terms of licencing requirements and costs for utilising an MS Powerpoint add-in. Would this be a fixed fee to Microsoft or a continuous fee? How can this be obtained? Are there costs involved in obtaining these licences?
ii. Programming difficulty - How complex are the development of Powerpoint Add-Ins? What is an estimated cost of development? What are some suggestions for an appropriate website platform? If a mobile application was developed in conjunction how difficult would it be to integrate simple data flowing from the application, to the database and pushed onto powerpoint?
iii. Database - How can this be managed and stored? What are the cost involved?
iv. Design briefing requirements - I wish to utilise Freelancer to have the add-in, website and application built. What level of detail is required to give to developers to have this made? Please provide examples of design briefs as templates.
iv. Other difficulties - Can you provide any other insights in problems/issues that may be encountered in the development of this project? What are solutions to these issues?
Note that for point i. I would need to see references to Microsoft documentation that supports the information supplied.
If this research is completed well, and the freelancer has the appropriate qualifications, I would be happy to use the same freelancer in the development of this project.