In today’s digitalized world, software development has become a fairly common concept in all sectors, be it the healthcare, finance or e-commerce sector where most businesses have adapted software driven solutions. However, it is crucial for businesses to choose the right software development company for their projects.
Before you start contacting potential software development companies, it is best to conduct some research and define why you want software for your business. Identify your goals, what you want to achieve and why.
This article will cover the main factors that you need to consider before selecting the best software development company for your business.
Set clear goals
Make sure to weigh all the factors prior to starting the research process, have a plan laid out where you know what you want to achieve, the amount you’re willing to invest and the timeframe. This will make it easier to convey your idea to the company and assess whether they meet your requirements or not. However, before moving on to the research phase, consider parameters such as time zone, location, price and language proficiency.
There are plenty of resources where you can find potential software development companies with one of the most popular being freelance marketplaces like Upwork and Fiverr. Identify leaders in software development and companies with top rankings and reviews on sites like Clutch; a research site that identifies leading IT and marketing service providers and software.
Use search engines such as Google to find software development companies, considering organic and paid results both. Check the quality of their website; do they look professional? How is their interface?
Research about the company’s structure, how the company is organized; how many team members are there, how big or small the company is and most importantly the development team dynamics.
Check their portfolio and experience
Check if the company meets your business needs; go through their products and services. Check out the company’s cases and portfolio, the type of projects they’ve worked to analyze the company better. Look up for the company’s experience in the field, whether they’re using relevant tools and technologies.
Once a few potential companies have been considered, compare the packages they are offering. The services that the package includes, the price and after services. Based on the software companies that seem to best suit your business needs and those that meet your budget requirements, start reaching out to them. You could do that by filling out their contact forms, sending out a short email or simply calling them up. See how they respond to your message, are they approachable? How prompt was their response?
Paying attention to the way a company communicates is very crucial. They need to be able to understand your business’s requirements and offer the best solution for your business. You should be able to openly discuss your project goals and ideas and understand each other over the course of the development process. Communication will play a key role in every step of the way as lack of communication can lead to challenges especially if offshoring. You might want to consider factors such as language barriers and time-zones.
Security and Maintenance
Make sure that the company takes security measures as software development involves the use of sensitive information i.e. intellectual property and users’ data. Check if they consider factors such as data loss or software failure. Also, ensure that the company offers after services, whether they offer backup services, support and maintenance.
In most cases, software companies will arrange a meeting to further discuss your project. Make sure that you’re on the same page. Finding the right software development company can be tricky and because you want the best for your business; conducting all relevant research and considering all the possible factors is crucial. Take the time to evaluate the options, define your priorities and set clear goals for your business or project. Check if the company you’re considering offers a probation period or a trial month; so you have enough time to test their methods and technologies and make a decision on whether you want to continue or not based on your experience with the company during that time.
Rolustech is a professional services firm that provides a range of software development services in CRM, mobile app development, and custom product development. Keeping in mind the unique needs of all customers, we provide custom software development services and have successfully designed and developed numerous completely bespoke solutions that fit the exact business needs of our clients.