Custom software development is a big investment for your company. When done properly, custom software will drastically improve your business. But, not all custom software development companies are created equal. So, how do you decide who to work with, and also who you can trust to do the job right?
Here’s a few tips and things to consider when finding a software development team for your project.
Communication is essential
Some companies choose to outsource their website and software development overseas because it’s cheaper. However, one of the difficulties can be communication. Not only can there be language barriers, but also time-zone differences. There are also cultural differences in the way people work, and their expectations around communication.
So, whether you hire locally or overseas, your team should be good communicators. They should be willing to commit to regular, scheduled updates and agree to be responsive. If they can’t agree to this, find a team who is dedicated to keeping you in the loop.
The cheapest custom software development isn’t always the most cost-effective
Custom software development needs to be seen as a long-term investment. Hence, the cheapest option right now may not be the most cost-effective into the future. Cheaper companies may build you a system that works fine now, but have they really considered scalability and future integration? You pay a little more for teams who build genuinely effective software, but you get the benefits for years to come.
You also need a reputable, well-established software company because you may need them down the track. For upgrades, scaling your product for more staff, and even ongoing support, the development team needs to be around. Many cheaper development companies may not even exist when you need them in the future.
Find experts, not people who just say ‘yes’
When you interview software development companies, beware of those who nod their head and agree with all of your ideas. You should definitely have a list of requirements for your software, but the experts you hire should be able suggest alternatives, improvements and even tell you straight out if some of your ideas aren’t possible. You’re paying for expertise and skills, and you should be getting it.
Check previous work and references
Finally, the best way to assess a custom software development company is to check their portfolio of work. Look for other projects in your industry, or with similar sized-businesses to check their credentials.